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Dustin Slowick wades to shore on East Huron after paddling down from a friend's house at Folly Beach. Prentiss Findlay/Staff

Power went out at about 1 p.m at Folly Beach, and the road to the beach was shut because of flooding.

Sheets of rain fell over low-lying areas on the east end of the island, and surf washed over the road at the Washout.

Locals said they planned to ride out the storm with a wary eye on conditions.

“Things change very dramatically out here,” said Will Smith.

Shawn Backus said he was ready for storm worries to end.

“I’m just ready to go back to normal life,” he said. “It really just wears you down after a while.”

Flooding is happening on the river side of the island at the east end of East Cooper at Folly Beach where the road is impassable.

Power wind gusts rocked cars and made it difficult to walk in the stinging spray.

The ocean swirled under a house on the island’s east end. Sightseers braved the conditions to feel the wind and see the surf that washed up into the dunes.

A family from Tampa, Fla., staying at the Tides hotel said they came here to evacuate from Irma. Some water was leaking into the lobby of the hotel.

Flooding is happening on the river side of the island at the east end of East Cooper at Folly Beach where the road is impassable. East Erie Avenue has river flooding at Folly Beach.

Some erosion was visible around the Folly Beach pier. Damage will have to be assessed after the tide recedes.

Extensive street flooding occurred in low-lying areas throughout the island.

Dustin Slowick paddled a surfboard on East Huron Avenue near Center Street. Water made it up to the porch of his home on Third Street but didn't go any farther. Floodwaters rose rapidly and seemed to come from the Folly River, he said.

"It's sad but we all look out for everybody," he said.

The road to the island was to open at about 4:30 p.m. when the flooding began to recede. 

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Storm surge at Folly Beach Pier. Prentiss Findlay/Staff

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Flooding in part of business district at Folly Beach on Center at Ashley. Prentiss Findlay/Staff

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Erosion next to the pier at Folly Beach. Prentiss Findlay/Staff

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