HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Our reporters spread out across North and South Carolina before Hurricane Florence made landfall to cover the devastating effects on local communities. Here's a recap of how things developed for the WMBF News team during the storm.
Days before Florence made landfall, Chief Meteorologist Jamie Arnold and the WMBF First Alert Weather Team started tracking the storm.
The WMBF News team spoke with officials from across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee in anticipation of Florence.
Thursday at 9 a.m., Nia Watson reported on Florence County declaring a state of emergency.
Our crews stationed in Lumberton, North Carolina began covering the impacts as in the studio we began our wall-to-wall coverage.
At noon on Thursday, we began our coverage from the Grand Strand.
Crews took to the oceanfront in Myrtle Beach and witnessed some gusty winds and mild waves.
In Myrtle Beach, much of the day saw calm conditions.
1 P.M. We took a look at one of the last remaining stores open for supplies - Publix.
Other areas like Garden City were not as busy.
Crews stationed in North Myrtle Beach continued to monitor conditions into the night.
Businesses in Florence boarded up in preparation for the impending storm and its effect.
As night fell, still not all businesses decided to close up shop.
Through it all, we continued our live wall-to-wall coverage.
As the night wore on, reporters in North Carolina experienced power outages and downpours.
One of our reporters had quite the scare when a power line came down during the middle of her live shot when reporting on Florence. Thankfully, she was OK, and the incident reinforces how dangerous power lines can be during a storm.
On Ocean Boulevard, no people or cars could be found late into the evening.
And Thursday was just the beginning. The WMBF crew bunkered down to prepare to report throughout the duration of the storm.
On Friday, the Carolinas braced for impact from Florence as it neared the coast.
After Florence made landfall as a category 1 hurricane on the North Carolina coastline, he headed slowly but surely towards our viewing area.
Friday afternoon, after 28 hours of being on air, the WMBF News team did not let up and continued to battle the winds and rain to bring you the latest on Florence.