Spinning as if in slow-motion, Tropical Storm Florence continued its agonizing march across South Carolina on Saturday, dropping record amounts of rain and leaving fears of catastrophic floods in its wake.
Many Myrtle Beach-area residents had been sick of waiting for Hurricane Florence to arrive, but when it did Friday, they saw the storm tear through signs, rip stoplights in half and send trees toppling on homes.
Grand Strand residents on Thursday rushed to complete last-minute preparations, pack coolers with ice or leave their homes entirely as Hurricane Florence spiraled on their doorstep.
The sun was shining on the Grand Strand, South Carolina's most lucrative tourist destination. But it might be the last fair-weather day as Hurricane Florence looms offshore.
Officials in the southern part of coastal South Carolina said residents are relieved they no longer have to evacuate for Hurricane Florence.
Folly Beach isn't closed to incoming traffic yet, but town officials will close the bridge to people travelling onto the island on 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Organizers are still working to raise money to move the Folly Boat, an abandoned vessel that became a message board on Folly Road, but some say it's time to let it go.
The state has ruled that work should stop on a sea wall in front of five homes on Hilton Head. Construction is essentially done, but the order could spark public hearings.
As the end of the summer approaches, the South Carolina's Aquarium is on track to match or surpass last year's busy season of turtle strandings.