Friday, July 4 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-07-04 05:13:34 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF/RNN) – A tropical storm warning has been issued for Horry and Georgetown counties. The National Hurricane Center issued the alert Wednesday just before 5 p.m. Winds are currentlyMore >>
Arthur has made landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The storm steamed just east of the Cape Fear Region Thursday afternoon and evening. More >>
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- Local hotels and businesses on Ocean Boulevard are used to weathering through tough storms, but say the timing of Tropical Storm Arthur couldn't be much worse.
This is one of the busiest times of the year for Ocean Boulevard. Tourists are expected to descend on the Grand Strand for the long holiday weekend, but now, there could be some changes to those plans.
Tropical storm Arthur was named on Tuesday morning, and with that announcement came a pit in some businessowners' stomachs. They say locals still come out but, they rely on others for business.
"People that come on vacation...it's a bit of a different story," explains Derek Hinger from Xtreme Airbrushing. "People get freaked out. You know bad weather's coming - they either leave town, they cancel, they don't come. It affects everybody out here."
Hotels on Ocean Boulevard have their phones ringing off the hook, but they may not be for reservations. The Island Vista Ocean Front Hotel says they haven't gotten too many cancellations, but they are seeing a spike in calls of concern.
"Every day we have our staff check the weather and that helps, because we get a lot of calls about it," says the Front Desk Manager, Trevor Finley.
Finely says they get many questions asking about the timeline of the storm: when it will hit and how bad it will be, so it is very important his staff stays on top of weather updates. Shawn Greenlaw admits the weather is one of the first things he and his family look at when they vacation here.
"Well we're in hurricane country, so every time we come here we look at the weather to make sure we are going to be safe," he says.
Business owners say the Boulevard is competitive enough without the rain, and you have to be strategic.
"You have to get down here, you have to work as hard as you can. If you're the only shop that's open, and the five others down the street aren't, it pays to be there on a rainy day," Hinger says.
It's hit or miss, Hinger adds, some people still come out in the rain and duck in and out of the shops, but others admit the opposite. They say they look to indoor activities and malls.
Both business owners and hotels in the area say they have to stay optimistic and hope the rain does not cause people to cancel their plans to visit Myrtle Beach or the Boulevard.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:54:27 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Today will be a carbon copy of yesterday - mid to upper 80s for highs, plenty of sunshine and lower humidity for this time of year. Winds will be out of the north east this morningMore >>
Today will be a carbon copy of yesterday - mid to upper 80s for highs, plenty of sunshine and lower humidity for this time of year.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:41 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:41:25 GMT
FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A crash happened in Lake City on Tuesday. The vehicle accident happened on McCallister Mill Road and Cub Road, according to Highway Patrol. The wreck was reported at 9:13More >>
A crash happened in Lake City on Tuesday.
The vehicle accident happened on McCallister Mill Road and Cub Road, according to Highway Patrol. The wreck was reported at 9:13 p.m. Injuries were reported in the crash.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:29:39 GMT
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The search for a new president for the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation is scheduled to begin Wednesday. The search comes about a week after former presidentMore >>
The search for a new president for the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation is scheduled to begin Wednesday. Tune in at 5 a.m. for a live report and details with Alex Holley.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:19:55 GMT
Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF)- Governor Haley has finally met with Atlantic Beach City Officials about bikefest. She wants it gone... But the town is standing behind the event. The two sides met without representativesMore >>
Governor Haley has finally met with Atlantic Beach City officials about bikefest. She wants it gone, but the town is standing behind the event. The two sides met without representatives from Horry County or Myrtle Beach. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:51:10 GMT
ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Reporter Lauren Weppler is in Atlantic Beach Tuesday morning, live-tweeting from the town's meeting with Governor Nikki Haley. Follow Lauren's tweets below: Tweets by @LMore >>
Governor Nikki Haley still vows to put an end to Atlantic Beach's annual Memorial Day weekend Bikefest, and the town's Mayor still vows to keep it. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:13:00 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - City and state law enforcement agents responded to an officer-involved shooting Monday night in Florence. A suspect accused of trying to rob gas from Cruizers on Palmetto StreetMore >>
A man was shot and killed by a Florence City police officer Monday night, allegedly after a gas station robbery on Palmetto Street. James Goodman was working at the gas station during the alleged robbery. Goodman spoke to WMBF News on Tuesday. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:29:06 GMT
Conway, SC (WMBF) - Folks around Conway are reflecting, after strong storms ripped through the community last night. The national weather service spent the day surveying the damage to be better preparedMore >>
Folks around Conway are reflecting, after strong storms ripped through the community last night. The National Weather Service spent the day surveying the damage to be better prepared for the future. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:12:28 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A ribbon cutting event was held Tuesday for the fourth floor of the City Center in Florence. The building is where medical students will study until the new school is built at theMore >>
A ribbon cutting event was held Tuesday for the fourth floor of the City Center in Florence.More >>