Wind, Rain, and Surfing on SC Beach

Surfside Beach, SC (WLTX) - Hurricane Arthur brought high winds and a steady rain to South Carolina's beaches, but no damage.

The eye of the storm never came close to the coast; instead, the system moved parallel to the shoreline, with just the outer bands reaching land.

For several hours, a persistent rain fell over the area. Sustained winds of 30 miles an hour were observed along the beach, gusts near 40 miles an hour.

At Surfside Beach, just south of Myrtle Beach, the area didn't have the crowds it would normally expect the day before a major holiday, but there were a few curious people who ventured out to the shore.

"We came out because we've never seen a hurricane or hurricane-like waves," said one woman walking down Surfside Beach. . '"We're quite surprised how strong it is and gusting. We almost lost our umbrellas when we came out here."

"These waves are huge" said Chris, a woman who was visiting the area from Cleveland. "We live along Lake Erie. It doesn't compare to the ocean. This is really scary."

She said she planned to spend the rest of the day in an indoor mall.

News19 found a few people who decided to jog down the beach as if the day's conditions were perfect.

"It's the first day it's been cool enough to get some work down here," said one man from Buffalo, New York. "Every other day we've been getting sunburned."

Dangerous rip currents and posted no swimming signs keep nearly everyone out of the water. But there were a few who thought this was the perfect time to surf.

"We usually don't get waves around here, so we're lucky when we get a hurricane," he explained. "It's kind of a rarity to get waves this good."

Forecasts are calling for clear skies and temperatures in the low 90s for South Carolina's beaches for the remainder of the weekend.


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