Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Of course Jimmy Buffett is surfing Folly before Florence hits the Carolinas

Florence turns Folly into Margaritaville

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 6:18 PM

Where there's a swell, there will be surfers. On Wednesday, among the usual suspects taking advantage of the hurricane swell off Folly Beach, was none other than the Mayor of Margarita himself, Jimmy Buffett.

On Wednesday, Buffett posted a of himself on Instagram smiling, throwing a shaka, with blue skies and his longboard.

(From the looks of it, the pic was originally posted by Sarah Bella Slagsvol, @bellaindeed on IG. Whit Slagsvol was also tagged in the shot.)

We'll let the man speak for himself:

(It's exactly what he'd say.)

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Where is Jason Hurdich, S.C.’s famous ASL interpreter, during Hurricane Florence?

"Rockstar" interpreter now teaching at Clemson

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 5:51 PM

Certified Deaf Interpreter Jason Hurdich signs during Hurricane Irma in 2017 - SCETV ARCHIVE
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  • Certified Deaf Interpreter Jason Hurdich signs during Hurricane Irma in 2017
Not too many things in life are a sure thing, but for storms over the previous two years, even as the state cycled through governors, deaf interpreter Jason Hurdich was there. But for Hurricane Florence, residents tuning in for updates have not seen Hurdich’s expressive, energetic signing for the state’s deaf community.

Where’s Jason?

Don’t worry. Hurdich is still in S.C., but he has taken his talents to Clemson University, where he says he’s been teaching. Since he began to gain notoriety for his signing during emergencies, Hurdich has stressed that his work as an interpreter was geared toward members of the deaf community whose first language was American Sign Language. Since Hurdich was born deaf, he actually interpreted those press conferences by relaying signs from hearing able co-workers seated in front of him.

Hurdich says he’s offered to help out during Florence and says that he will be stepping in on a local level. And if you check his Facebook page, you can see he's been passing on updates from other members of the community.

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Charleston Activist Network helping to directly support poor, marginalized, and minority communities affected by Hurricane Florence

If you need help, contact the Charleston Activist Network

Posted by Kelly Rae Smith on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:55 PM

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If you are safe and in a position to help women, femmes, and other marginalized communities stay safe during Hurricane Florence, there are a few things you can do.  Join Charleston Activist Network's (CAN) grassroots efforts by directly helping those in need by donating to CAN and other direct support organizations. As of Tuesday night, CAN had given direct support to over 60 families to help with storm evacuations and preparation.

Tamika "Mika" Gadsden - FILE/PROVIDED
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  • Tamika "Mika" Gadsden
So far, CAN's Tamika Gadsden says the organization has received "unconditional support and direct financial assistance" as a result of assistance from national organizations like Women's March, Building Maroonage efforts, and activist/Ferguson Response Network founder, Leslie Mac.

Mac created a call-for-support video yesterday asking for help for black communities, with funds raised now going directly into the hands of those most affected, helping with everything from survival supplies to rent. With so many businesses shutting down in the coming days, folks along the coast will struggle to stay afloat with bills.

Gadsden says, "Even 10 bucks goes a long way."


To donate through CAN, you can Paypal or Cash App to $mikagadsden.

There's also a Charleston hurricane prep Amazon Wishlist you can use to donate supplies.

Monetary donations that will be distributed directly to black women and non-men in need via Leslie Mac can be made here.

You can also access the Coalition to Support Racial Justice Organizing's Building Maroonage direct support crisis toolkit.

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Lyft is offering free rides up to $15 in South Carolina until 8 p.m. Wednesday

You can use them to catch a ride back from a city or county garage

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 12:35 PM

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The ride-hailing service Lyft is offering free rides worth up to $15 throughout both South and North Carolina before Hurricane Florence hits the coast.

As part of a partnership with the nonprofit United Way, evacuees who call 211 will receive a transportation code worth $15 for a destination of their choosing, but you better act fast, since the code is only valid until 8 p.m. tonight. "With safety as our number one priority, we continue to monitor the conditions and communicate with Lyft drivers, passengers, and government officials," the company said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to those impacted by Hurricane Florence."

As of Wednesday at 10:54 a.m., Florence was about 550 miles from Charleston.

"The latest forecast brings the center of Florence close to the southeast North Carolina coast Friday, then Florence could stall before drifting west or southwest
this weekend," according to the National Hurricane Center, a division of the National Weather Service. "Regardless of the exact path, impacts will extend well away from the center and into southeast South Carolina and Georgia."

Florence is a category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties are still under a mandatory evacuation order issued by Gov. Henry McMaster Monday morning that went into effect Tuesday at noon.

Check out our coverage on open tri-county shelters, public transportation, parking, lane reversals to get out of town, and podcasts to download before your power goes out.

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