Hurricane Matthew hits Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Hurricane Matthew weakens to Cat 1 storm in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The waves at Myrtle Beach attract millions of people every year.

But those same waves are emptying the town due to fears of storm surge and flash flooding ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

The National Weather Service says life threatening flash flooding is a distinct possibility as the tide rolls in around 1:30 Saturday afternoon.

Buildings along the famous boardwalk are boarded up. And the beach is a lonely place.

"I love being out on the beach and having it all to myself," said Robin Mann who lives two miles from the shore.

Mann is not in the evacuation zone and has decided to stay in her home for now. After spending most of her life living in California, this is her first taste of a Hurricane hitting her new home.

"I'm not really nervous, given that I survived that storm last year where we had 21 inches of rain in two days that caused all the floods," Mann said.

The NWS is forecasting more than a foot of rainfall here in Myrtle Beach in the next 36 to 48 hours.

While wind will be a factor, with peak gusts estimated to reach 70 miles per hour, it's the rain fall and flash flooding that could be the most dangerous and possibly deadly.

"I think the storm surge is gonna be the biggest problem," said neighbor Jim Raynor, "we're used to heavy rain, we're used to wind, but I think the storm surge is gonna cause some damage."

Downed trees could also be a factor here in Myrtle Beach. With all the rain that's expected, the ground will be saturated and those heavy wind gusts could easily knock them down.

As businesses and neighbors stock up on supplies and do their best to protect their property...a few of them came to take one last look at the water before Hurricane Matthew comes to town.

"We're hunkered down. We're three floors up and we live past the intracoastal so we feel pretty secure," Raynor said.

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