While Hurricane Florence was downgraded overnight to a Category 2 hurricane, not much else has changed. Landfall is expected to be south of Wilmington, N.C., early Friday morning. It is still expected to stall out for at least two days after landfall near the South Carolina / North Carolina border, which covers the Grand Strand area where many of our properties are located. Storm surges on the coast and extreme rainfall both on the coast and inland remain a major concern for these areas.
A bit of information about hurricane categories for some perspective:
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 – 5 rating based on sustained wind speed.
- Category 1: With sustained winds of 74-95 mph, these very dangerous winds will produce some damage.
- Category 2: With sustained winds of 96-110 mph, these storms are considered extremely dangerous and will cause extensive damage.
- Category 3: Now considered a major hurricane, sustained winds of 111-156 mph will cause devastating damage.
- Category 4: Major hurricane with 130-156 mph, causing catastrophic damage.
- Category 5: Major hurricane with 157+ mph, causing catastrophic damage.
We’re in constant communication with our resort managers in Charleston, South Carolina, on the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach, in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and Ocean City, Maryland.
There’s currently not much to report as the storm begins to make landfall later today.
- In Atlantic Beach, the storm surge has begun, with wind, rain, and power loss happening already as well.
- In Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, and North Myrtle Beach, the wind is gusting but rain has yet to start, forecast to begin at 2 p.m. today with possible peak gusts of 100 mph tomorrow.
- Ocean City is expecting wind and rain, with possible coastal flooding.
- Charleston is described as a ghost town, with possible flooding coming Saturday, depending on the path the storm takes.All of these areas have weathered storms before, and all precautions have been taken.
To keep an eye on the storm from your computer, check out this variety of live web cams:
Members of the Festiva communications team will be updating this blog with the latest information as it becomes available.