Florence forces hotels in downtown Charleston to close

Florence forces hotels in downtown Charleston to close

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Even though Hurricane Florence is not projected to hit Charleston, some downtown hotels are closing and forcing guests to evacuate.

An official at Belmond Charleston Place said 184 guests were asked to leave.

Greg Cox and Joy Merrill were among the last guests to evacuate the hotel.

They came here from North Carolina to attend a convention.

"We hate to have it cut short but I think it we're doing the right thing," Cox said.

"I'm a little disappointed but safety is number one, that's the best thing," Merrill said.

The hotel was scheduled to close at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Cox and Merrill know the hotels are going to be hit in their pocketbooks because of the hurricane.

"I know it's terrible because it's a tourist town, it's terrible for local business, but I think it's a necessity," Cox said.

An official with Belmond Charleston Place said the hotel hopes to reopen on Saturday.

An official at the Dewberry Hotel said they closed at noon Tuesday and hoped to reopen on Sunday.

An official at the Francis Marion Hotel said it also closed at noon.

There's no word when that hotel will reopen.

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