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I’m here in Myrtle Beach with my colleague Adam Gabbatt.

A boarded up pub in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

A boarded up pub in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photograph: Oliver Laughland for the Guardian

The winds here are not yet as strong as they are a few hundred miles north, outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. The latest forecast suggests that the strongest winds will arrive here early tomorrow morning, with rain and serious flooding forecast throughout the area.

I just got back from the coast where all the city’s fairground rides have been closed off. Although there were still a few revelers taking a stroll along the beach. Almost every petrol station here has shut down – bar one garage a few miles from our hotel where the line for gas and supplies snaked around the building.

Oliver Laughland
(@oliverlaughland)

Every gas station I’ve passed from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach is completely dry. #Florence pic.twitter.com/g6lcnHZDis


September 13, 2018

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