At Folly Beach: 'No fear'

(Matthew LeBlanc/WCIV)

By Matthew

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- Sarah McKrackin had to move her chair Friday afternoon when the waves crashing onto the sand at Folly Beach got a little too close.

Picking up her beach chair and moving it a little farther from the surf, the native Charlestonian said she isn't worried about Hurricane Sandy. She used to live on Isle of Palms and remembers when Hurricane Hugo came ashore in Sept. 1989.

Sandy surely will not be as worrisome, McKrackin said.

"I think you just get used to it," she said, referring to the threat of hurricanes along the South Carolina coast. "No fear. Just sleep with your Bible."

Hurricane Sandy is not expected to make landfall in South Carolina, but the Lowcountry is expected to see some of the effects of the storm. Emergency officials are already warning beachgoers to be wary of strong winds and rip currents.

Many on the beach Friday said they weren't expecting much from the storm, which will have its greatest effect on the Lowcountry this weekend.

Alec Phillips, a Boston native in town visiting his brother, Brett Phillips, sat on the beach, pondering whether to move into the water with his surfboard.

"It's getting there," Alec Phillips said of the surf.

"Sunday's supposed to be better," said Brett Phillips, a student at the College of Charleston.

The American Red Cross warns that Charleston-area residents should prepare for the storm, regardless of whether Sandy actually comes ashore.

In a news release Friday, the Red Cross said its staff would be on call this weekend.

"We are prepared in the event Hurricane Sandy has an impact on the Charleston ... region," said Louise Welch Williams, CEO of the Red Cross Charleston Region. "And volunteers are also prepared to help our neighbors throughout the Southeast."

McKrackin, a mother of three, will ride this storm out - just like she's done so many others.

"The only reason I would leave is the cable going out," she said.