People in Horry County tried to stay a step ahead of the storm by stocking up at the grocery store on over the weekend.
Many picked up extra non-perishable food, water, generators and propane tanks. The water aisles at some local grocery stores had already cleared out by the middle of the day on Saturday.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are “preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster.”
The National Hurricane Center said Florence had re-strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Sunday as it was located about 710 miles southeast of Bermuda. Forecasters predicted it would become a dangerous Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.
Jarrad Compton is a Forestbrook resident who’s lived in Horry County for almost 20 years. He said he decided to purchase several cases of bottled water on Saturday because he learned his lesson last year with Hurricane Irma.
“By the time we decided to get water we were scrambling to find water. In the long run, I’d rather just be prepared that way the last few days I can more worry about preparing my house if we take a hit,” he said.
Emergency officials are advising people to make sure they have their storm readiness kits prepared ahead of a possible hit from Hurricane Florence.