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How Retailers in the Carolinas Are Preparing for Dangerous Hurricane Florence

Retailers along the Carolina coast are bracing for impact as Hurricane Florence approaches the Eastern Seaboard.
The hurricane, which as of midday Monday was upgraded to a Category 4, is expected to make landfall on Thursday on the North Carolina and South Carolina coasts, with storm surges, flooding and hurricane-force winds also affecting Virginia the rest of the Mid Atlantic region, according to the National Hurricane Center.
More than one million residents in eight counties along South Carolina’s coast were ordered to evacuate on Monday, and store owners were scrambling to batten down the hatches before the mandate goes into effect on Tuesday at noon.
“We’re moving all of our shoes that are close to the ground up to the top,” said Ainsley McNair, the manager of Phillips Shoes in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. “Anything that’s been pre-paid has been packed up in my car to go with me for the evacuation. Anything that was supposed to be shipped out, we held onto so that it wouldn’t be sitting on a truck getting rained on.”
Like many locals, this isn’t the retailer’s first time dealing with a major storm — the island was also evacuated for Hurricane Irma last September and Hurricane Matthew

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Via:: https://footwearnews.com/2018/business/retail/hurricane-florence-north-south-carolina-stores-retailers-1202674184/