Some Carolina businesses not prepared for Hurricane Florence
MYRTLE BEACH (WGME) -- In South Carolina, downtown Myrtle Beach has cleared out.
Most people aren't taking any chances when it comes to this storm, but some are taking a much bigger risk.
The wind is starting to pick up along the coast of Myrtle Beach. It's quiet in the city, and the only people left are those in for the long haul.
Many businesses are boarded up, and people are hunkering down, but a brave few aren't so worried.
"I mean I'm sure we're still going to get a lot of rain and everything, but I don't think it's going to be as bad as we thought a couple days ago," Rick Walls said.
All throughout downtown, there are dozens of buildings and businesses left vulnerable to Florence’s full force, with no boards and no sandbags.
Some owners say they even regret putting so much effort into prepping for Florence.
"Two or three days ago it was time to board up in my mind, but today if I had to do it over, and knew how it was going to be, I wouldn't have boarded up I don't think," Walls said.
Now it's just waiting game to how much damage Florence will actually bring.
Once Florence arrives in Myrtle Beach, city officials say it may be days before even law enforcement can get back out there on the roads.