The South Strand area of Georgetown County, having just about the same impact from Hurricane Dorian as other parts of the county, was trying to get back to normal on Friday, a day after the storm.
By mid-afternoon Friday, a stretch of U.S. Highway 17 near Litchfield which had flooded a day before, was already open. It was like a typical day, with many vehicles on the road and open businesses.
Pawleys Island reopened most of the island starting Friday morning. By mid-afternoon, there were people already enjoying themselves on the beach, although there were still a few trees down,old grass and sand covering the streets.
Nelson and Mary Beth Crichton, who are residents of Pawleys Island, recently bought a generator and didn’t have to use it because of not losing power. They were out Friday walking checking out the ocean, which is a routine habit for them.
“It (Dorian) was a light hurricane,” Nelson Crichton said. “This is not bad compared to Hurricane Matthew. It was a piece of cake. We lost some of the dunes, but it looked like the water didn’t breach them.”
Jann Bullock and Beb Curtis were searching for seashells left by Hurricane Dorian on the shoreline of Pawleys Island Friday morning and also felt that the storm, for the most part, was not too devetating.
“Lot of trees down, and a lot of flooding, but overall it could have been so much worse,” Bullock said. “Next weekend it will be forgotten.”
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, a favorite spot of many, was trying to get ready for a busy weekend. The Marshwalk had minor flooding on Thursday, but by Friday the restaurants were busy getting ready to serve guests.
Eric Holmes, a worker at Wahoo’s Fish House, said that Hurricane Dorian could have been so much worse.
“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would have been,” Holmes said. “As quick as the storm came in, it went right back out. Saturday and Sunday, it will be wide open back over there.”
Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach were also filled with golf carts and beachgoers Friday afternoon hoping to get back to normal after the storm.