Florence turns downtown Charleston into a ghost town

VIDEO: Charleston turns into ghost town ahead of Hurricane Florence

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The threat from Hurricane Florence has turned downtown Charleston into a ghost town.

People who live there and businesses owners are taking Florence very seriously.

Just about everywhere you looked on Thursday, places were boarded up.

That included many historic homes on Charleston's Battery.

Sandbags were seen placed at several front doors.

The windows at Charleston City Hall also are covered up.

One downtown restaurant on Meeting St. was open.

The operating partner of Sticky Fingers said it was strange to see the area so quiet.

"It's eerie," Josh Goodson said. "We are used to seeing foot traffic on both sides to where you can't see down towards the end of the block and now it's like a ghost town."

Goodson said he allowed any employees who wanted to evacuate to do so.

He also said he's glad people are taking the storm seriously.

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