Hotels, vacationers brace for possible effects of Earl

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Hurricane Earl to a Category 4 storm, and hotels and vacationers in the Grand Strand are already talking about its possible impact.

Hotels are already experiencing the drop off in business that comes with the approaching Labor Day weekend, and some say they're worried talk of a hurricane could keep away last-minute vacationers.

Oceans One Resort in Myrtle Beach doesn't expect to see too much of a loss if a hurricane comes toward the Grand Strand.

"It wouldn't impact us quite as bad being the fact that our rates do go down drastically after Labor Day, and then I'm sure that everybody after would be willing to come back and enjoy the beach," Lynn Nguyen, front desk manager at Oceans One Resort said.

The hotel says it wouldn't provide refunds unless evacuation was mandated by the state.

Some vacationers do say if they knew a hurricane were on the way, it would change their plans.

"We'd pack up and leave because of course we got little kids. We don't want to put their lives in danger. If they're saying that it's gonna stay out to sea and all we're gonna get is the winds and the high tide, then we just stay away from the beach and find other things to do," said Carrie Mullen.

Other vacationers say they're lucky they came before possible severe weather, but either way, they'd weather the storm.

"I lived through one a year and a half ago in Florida. I rode it out then and we would have rode it out here too," Tammy Sandlin said.

According to the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, visitors need to make sure that they know the latest weather conditions and what to do in an evacuation situation. The association says it works with hotels to make sure the flow of communication is open.

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