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.
Thursday, July 24 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:58:22 GMT
HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - The grand opening for the newly renovated Teen Center at the Hartsville Boys and Girls club is today at 4 p.m. The renovations came to fruition with the support of One Hartsville;More >>
The grand opening for the newly renovated Teen Center at the Hartsville Boys and Girls club is today at 4 p.m.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:23:42 GMT
SOCASTEE (WMBF) - WMBF News is at the scene of a car crash in Socastee that damaged several cars at Socastee Auto Sales. We are working to learn more about what happened. Stick with WMBF News for updates. CopyrightMore >>
A woman will be charged with DUI after she allegedly crashed a car in Socastee that damaged four other cars at Socastee Auto Sales. More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:16:43 GMT
Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are searching for 16-year-old Haley Brook Clark from Ocean Isle Beach. Clark was last seen Tuesday at around 11 p.m. at 1897 Camelot Dr. in Ocean Isle Beach.More >>
Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are searching for 16-year-old Haley Brook Clark from Ocean Isle Beach.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:50:34 GMT
Armed robbers have hit several convenience stores in Shelby and Cleveland County within the past three weeks. Police believe the crimes may be connected. The latest holdup happened early Wednesday morningMore >>
Police say the latest holdup happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday at the One Stop Food Store on Fallston Road. They are asking for your help to find the suspect.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:19:12 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) A project aimed at getting the attention of big industry investors is taking off in Florence County. Construction on a new industry ready building is nearing completion. Economic leadersMore >>
A project aimed at getting the attention of big industry investors is taking off in Florence County. Construction on a new industry ready building is nearing completion.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:37:05 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach police responded to the scene of an ongoing drug investigation early Wednesday morning. Corporal Beam of the Myrtle Beach Police Department confirmed that they heardMore >>
A man admitted to police that he was trying to make methamphetamine when he started a fire at an apartment in Myrtle Beach Wednesday. More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:17:50 GMT
A Brunswick County man is behind bars for his alleged involvement in three separate charges of sexual assault on a female. Brunswick County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Denzel Jamal Hill, from Leland. HillMore >>
The bond has increased to $2 million for a Brunswick County man who was arrested and charged for his alleged involvement in three separate charges of sexual assault on a female. More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:34:19 GMT
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal North Town Center has announced its newest list of restaurants and stores. The area in North Myrtle Beach is booming as it develops. Developers have been actingMore >>
The Coastal North Town Center has announced its newest list of restaurants and stores. The area in North Myrtle Beach is booming as it develops.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:13 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:13:15 GMT
Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF)- Despite wet weather, storms, and soil issues the Backgate Project is still on schedule and Horry County is starting to look to new prospect projects for referendum 2016. HorryMore >>
Despite wet weather, storms, and soil issues the Backgate Project is still on schedule and Horry County is starting to look to new prospect projects for referendum 2016.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:37:40 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Today will be mostly sunny for the first half of the day then once we get to about 2 or 3 p.m., we'll start to see a few isolated storms pop up. By the 5 p.m. drive, they areMore >>
Today will be mostly sunny for the first half of the day then once we get to about 2 or 3 p.m., we'll start to see a few isolated storms pop up.More >>