Tuesday 2pm EDT Update: Bertha has weakened to a Tropical Depression with maximum sustained wind speeds of 35 mph. As of 2PM EDT Wednesday afternoon Bertha was located about...
Sticking It Out: Beaufort Awaits Florence
Beaufort County neighbors remained torn on Thursday over the impending storm after governor Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence. Some locals and visitors took advantage of the still beautiful weather down in Beaufort Waterfront Park. We found some Myrtle Beach evacuees who stopped by for ice cream.
Many parents are getting their children out to play since county schools are closed all week.
On both Hilton Head Island and Hunting Island many are out enjoying the beach. With Hunting Island State Park being the only South Carolina state park open, beachgoers made the most of the high tide and large surf. However, officials warn those braving the water to be careful with the major riptides.
Hunting Island has posted a red warning flag. A fellow surfer rescued a small child Thursday who was pulled out by the current.
Overall those sticking around for now are in a wait-and-see mode following the forecast and spending time together.