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Beachgoers relieved to see break in heavy rain from tropical depression

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Beachgoers are happy it was a dry afternoon on Folly Beach despite Saturday's heavy rainfall. Tropical Depression Bonnie slowed down creating moderate conditions. 

If it wasn't for the change in weather the annual Tango on Folly Beach was going to be called off.

Member of the Charleston Argentine Tango Society, Rodger Prevost says the event has been going on for the past 12 years.

"We decided let's give it a try, we'll make it we're prepared, we've got garbage bags to protect the equipment and we're ready to go," Prevost said. 

This is one of the group's weekend events and the conditions worked in their favor. 

"It's low tide which is rare, so we have a nicer dance floor than we usually have," Prevost said.

Many at the beach just happy to catch a break from the rain.

"At first we were really scared that we would have to go back home, but once we got here we were like yay it's not raining," visitor from Tennessee, Tami Gnatyuk said.

"Coming here has been really nice despite the weather, we still had a wonderful time," visitor from North Carolina, Giorgia Gooch said.

For one family, they were able to make another memory before their dad, Derrick Perry, has to travel to Afghanistan in the next couple of days. He works for a military support program.

"This one here was like 'I want to go to the beach, I want to go to the beach, it's not raining, it's not raining so here we are,'" Perry said. 

For so many it was a day for bringing people together and another year in the books for the Tango on the Beach.

"Our friends from around the southeast that come to this big event said' 'no you've got to have it, even if it's for a couple of hours, we want you to do it and we want to enjoy just the ambiance of dancing on the ocean,'" Prevost said. 

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