Families left picking up the pieces after Tropical Storm Hermine

Families left picking up the pieces after Tropical Storm Hermine

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Tropical Storm Hermine is now in the history books, but some locals in the area are still recovering.

The American Red Cross reports it assisted 42 families during the storm.

Several people are now without a place to live at an apartment building on 16th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach after Hermine ripped through the Grand Strand Friday night, causing a large tree to fall on top of the building.

They returned to the home Monday to gather any belongings they could find, and said they are not completely sure what their next step will be.

"I opened the door to see if the tree fell on her house, and that's when I watched her roof blow off." said Elizabeth Miller.

Miller said she and her neighbors felt the building shake under their feet when a large tree came crashing down on top of it.

"I ran straight across to her door, beat on the door, and they were already in their bathtub," Miller said. "She was laying on top of her baby, but her husband came and opened the door and I told them, 'I just watched your roof blow off; you have to get out.'"

"Nobody expected that. You know we were all outside and luckily at the time it happened we had all gone back inside. We were sitting there talking about. oh other places are going to get it worse and then you turn around and this happens." said Amanda Stanley.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the families and give them temporary food and clothes and a place to stay.

"That way they can get on their feet temporarily as they start looking around. Then, these 42 families that we have touched, immediately, will be put onto a long-term recovery program. That way we know they have a place to go back to to get back on their feet." said Red Cross representative Dennis James.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Stanley family. You can donate by clicking here.

"You're still in that state like what do you do? You know, you're just at a loss for words really. You just don't know where to go or what to do." said Stanley. "But you just have to stay positive. You're just thankful that no lives were taken and that everybody is safe. And that's the main thing."

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