Storm impacts residents and shocks some Labor Day weekend visitors

Published: Sep. 3, 2016 at 6:39 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2016 at 6:40 PM EDT
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(Source: JoAnne Brown)
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(Source: JoAnne Brown)
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Many of you looked out your windows Saturday morning to see how Hermine impacted your neighborhood.

Some areas across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee were hit the hardest, waking up to a lot of water around their homes. The storm's intensity picked up in a matter of minutes.

Although Hermine hit the Grand Strand as a tropical storm, it brought strong winds and flooding - knocking out power to hundreds of people. One woman said things got so bad, she had to put barricades up in front of her home to block people from driving through the flood that was about knee deep.

"The water rose very quickly. Unfortunately, we had cars that were just driving up and down the road and everybody knows not to go through flooded stretches. But every time one would pass it would cause a wake and the water would just come further and further up the yard," said a Myrtle Beach local.

Folks in town for the Labor Day weekend said they didn't expect Hermine to remind them of the October, or even the Louisiana floods.

All day long, WMBF News viewers sent in pictures and videos - giving us a look at how Hermine impacted your neighborhoods. From trees falling on homes to cars in ditches to floodwaters reaching doorsteps, some people were prepared, while some were shocked.

A couple of people from Kershaw, SC said they came to the beach yesterday knowing about the storm but didn't let it stop their vacation since it was only going to impact the area for one day. But as soon they got to the Grand Strand and were drenched from head to toe, they realized they shouldn't have underestimated the storm.

"I was shivering cold, the rain pretty much everywhere, puddles deep as my ankles. Just muggy and horrible," said Myrtle Beach visitor Justin Snyder.

Some hotels and businesses in the area say they hope Labor Day weekend picks up now that the storm is out of the way. Unfortunately for locals, many will be spending their holiday weekend cleaning up.

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