Windsor Man Keeping Close Watch on Hurricane Florence

A Windsor man is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence as it bears down on some property he owns in South Carolina.

Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm as it approaches the U.S. east coast, but forecasters are warning that is not necessarily good news.

That's because it has an enormous wind field, raising the risk of destructive storm surges and making Florence extremely dangerous.

It is also expected to drop a catastrophic amount of rain.

Rick Limoges, co-owner of Sandy's Riverside Grill and the River's Edge in Windsor, just bought a home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this past March.

Limoges told AM800's The Afternoon News that he and his wife Sandy have been watching the storm moment-by-moment.

"There's no question that inland flooding is a real big problem," he says. "You have the hurricane winds hitting at 140 mph or more and then you have the rains."

Limoges says their neighbours in Myrtle Beach are evacuating ahead of the storm.

"We just have to watch and wait and worry about it. Perhaps have to go down and check it out after the storm and see if there's any damage," says Limoges. "I'm just hoping and praying for the people that are down there. We'll deal with property damage, I'm just hoping the loss of life is minimized."

 

Another Windsor man, Gerry St.Pierre, was in Raliegh, North Carolina for work and was scheduled to be there until Thursday evening. He told AM800's The Morning Drive that he had to make arrangements to leave early to get out of the path of the storm.

Florence is forecast to make landfall as early as tomorrow afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then push west with a potential for devastating inland flooding.

With files from Patty Handysides