How Waffle House Will Help Determine How Bad Florence Is

A Waffle House

YELLOW: limited menu - no power or only power from a generator, or food supplies may be low. "Plan ahead and be safe". Serving up tasty waffles is not all the restaurant chain is known for, though.

Given the southern locations of most Waffle House restaurants, they are vulnerable to hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding rains.

The Waffle House on Frontage Road in Myrtle Beach was eerily empty two days before Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas, a sign to many that this storm is ones to take seriously. In fact, it's such a major indicator that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established a "Waffle House index" following the devastating 2011 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri. If the store is open with a full menu, the index is green.

As of noon Wednesday, Waffle House executives had made the decision to close eight of those restaurants that appear to be in the direct path of the hurricane.

National Hurricane Center Updates Current Status of Tropical Storm Florence
Rain-soaked furniture workers helped him quickly empty more than 1,000 mattresses from a warehouse in a low-lying strip mall. But with half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.

North Carolina coast feels Florence's first blast of wind, rain
It will then move along the "spine of the Appalachians". " The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed". NOAA also has a collection of live feeds , which include Buxton in North Carolina, and Cherry Beach and Folly Beach in SC .

Hurricane Florence likely to affect southeast USA energy infrastructure
More than 10 million people live in areas under warnings or watches for hurricane- or tropical storm- force winds, CNN reports . It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina .

"If we are open quickly after the storm, that means the community is coming back and folks are out, we are getting back to that sense of normalcy", Warner told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday.

The index turns red when Waffle House is closed. "When the location has been forced to close, the index is red". However, The Post would like you to know that waiting to leave until Waffle House closes is not the recommended practice for storm planning.

Hurricane Florence has been designated a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. "The bigger question is how long restaurants may be closed and how much damage that may occur if they're in the direct path of the storm". EHS Today explains that the Waffle House Index runs on a color-coded system. They're not going to let a little Biblically strong wind stop them from slinging hash browns.

"The Waffle House test doesn't just tell us how quickly a business might rebound - it also tells us how the larger community is faring". The logic goes that the sooner a Waffle House can get back on the grid, any number of local institutions including banks, grocery stores, and post offices can start functioning again. "You haven't found the bad stuff yet".

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