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As Hurricane Florence intensifies, some Myrtle Beach residents are staying put

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WIS) -

As Hurricane Florence continues to gain strength over the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and bears down on the coast of the Carolinas, many residents in Myrtle Beach are prepared to ride out the storm at home.

The exact trajectory of the storm hasn't been determined, however, the latest model shows an increasing threat to South Carolina.

On Monday, Governor Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of dozens of counties across the state including those along the coast. Still, some people said they feel confident they'll be safe at home.

"I'm hoping it's going to hit north or around Wilmington so it won't be so rough down here," Tim Stout, who lives in North Myrtle Beach said. "That's why I'm staying because it's not dead center in here. If it was, I'd be out of here."

On Tuesday, much of the retail, business, and restaurants in North Myrtle Beach were closed and boarded up, leaving those residents who remain very few options to purchase last minute supplies.

"I need to find bread, water, milk, and wine," Randy Carbone, a resident of North Myrtle Beach, said. "That's what's running through my mind but as you can see, they're not open. Everyone is a little on edge, obviously, Walmart is closed, schools are closed, mandatory evacuation."

A few grocery stores remained open as of Tuesday, but shelves have a limited number of vital supplies such as milk and water.

Buds and Blooms Florist owner Billy Skipper spent Tuesday with his employees boarding up the business he's owned for more than 20 years.

"When I know of anything that's going to be higher than 75 miles an hour, then you got flying debris," Skipper said. "I just spend enough time and money to board it up. But with the new buildings, you don't got to worry about that...they have hurricane impact glass."

Many gas stations around the city are closed while others are out of fuel. Some residents, resorting to using their golf carts around town to save gasoline in their cars ahead of the hurricane's arrival.

After living in Myrtle Beach for more than 50 years, Skipper said he's seen his fair share of hurricanes. He plans to stay home for hurricane Florence.

"The thing of it is, after a while, you get out there and hung up in this traffic, then you get mad because it won't move, you can't find no gas, so you're better off being home and hunkering down and letting whatever will be, will be," he said.

Tuesday also signaled the beginning of lane reversals in and around Myrtle Beach and Conway to aid in the evacuation from the coast.

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