MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol estimates 630,000 drivers will be on Palmetto State roads for the Thanksgiving holiday. Factor in inclement weather, and that makes a dangers situation on Grand Strand streets.
"We've got to see them, they're family," said Dennis McEachern. Dennis is headed to North Carolina Wednesday morning. He had to leave later than he'd planned, though, because of heavy rains coming through the area.
"I've been watching weather on the computer," he said. "I don't want to drive at night, either, because we'll be pulling a trailer."
Heavy rain is a headache no matter the season, but with so many drivers coming to and going from the Grand Strand, local towing companies are preparing for extra calls.
"We see a lot wrecks on parts of Highway 707," said Sean Rempfer with DeFalco's Automotive and Towing. "You've got a lot at 501 and Carolina Forest, 17 Bypass and Farrow Parkway, 10th Avenue, 21st, 29th."
Rempfer says the best thing for drivers to do in this weather is slow down, drive alert, and stay off their cell phones.