Hurricane Dorian Whips the Carolinas

Retailers work to serve the public despite the weather.

September 05, 2019

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Dorian strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane late Wednesday night, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph as it made its slow churn along the southeast coast. Forecasters expect coastal flooding with a storm surge of four to seven feet and six to 12 inches of rain during the next several days for coastal South Carolina and North Carolina.

Meanwhile, local grocery and convenience stores worked to keep their doors open so customers could pick up high-demand items, such as nonperishable canned good, water, ice, charcoal, propane and toiletries, according to

Extra deliveries helped keep inventory on the shelves. Management at the Piggly Wiggly in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, said they’d board up the store and put perishable merchandise in the freezer in case the hurricane conditions worsened.

AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno warned that the slow-moving Dorian would make a landfall in South Carolina or North Carolina as the storm moves north. Myrtle Beach and North Carolina’s Cape Fear, Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras could be in the crosshairs for landfall.

NACS developed its “Stay Open in an Emergency" video and other resources to help convenience retailers develop and execute disaster planning procedures. The NACS Convenience Store Emergency Planning and Job Aid resources assist c-stores as they plan, prepare and recover from a disaster.