Waffle Houses in Florence’s Path Have Begun to Close

Waffle Houses in Florence’s Path Have Begun to Close

Waffle Houses in Florence’s Path Have Begun to Close

"You haven't found the bad stuff yet".

Yes, the restaurant Waffle House - a popular Southern breakfast chain akin to IHOP - has activated its "storm center" to monitor Hurricane Florence.

Former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate came up with the idea while leading Florida's emergency management agency, FEMA wrote.

In fact, if you're wondering just how serious an impending storm may be, you can refer to the handy Waffle House Index, which was established by a FEMA director in 2011.

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So remember, if you're in the middle of a natural disaster but you see an open Waffle House, you're actually completely and totally safe, and you should go have some waffles.

As the restaurant's storm center zeroes in on which restaurants may have to close, Waffle House corporate has some fighting word for Florence that they offered on Wednesday via tweet: "Hey Flo..."

According to FEMA.gov, the Waffle House test doesn't just inform the public about which restaurants are open but it also helps paint a picture about how the community as a whole is faring.

The company's emergency response plan was set up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed seven Waffle House restaurants and forced 100 more to close in 2005.

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It will likely take until Monday, however, before the threat of significant heavy rain is over, and it will still rain at times. About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

Meanwhile, Waffle House's main Twitter account had a message for the approaching storm: "Hey Flo".

With Hurricane Florence barreling towards the east coast, the Waffle House is one of the countless businesses and agencies keeping a pulse on the storm. FEMA noted it's rare for the index to turn red because "Waffle House is well-prepared for disasters". "The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signaling a strong recovery for that community".

At least one Waffle House location - in Myrtle Beach, S.C. - has closed until the hurricane passes. They serve a specialized menu, and the employees stay in a nearby hotel to keep a fresh shift working around the clock. From Titusville to Fort Pierce, Florida, every Waffle House was closed as operations became too hard to continue. "They have temporary warehouses where they can store food and most importantly, they know they can operate without a full menu". "After a storm, they're really looking to us to be there to help them out because they're used to us being there the rest of the year".

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Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. The hurricane's top sustained winds have dropped to 85 miles per hour , while it moves slowly toward SC at 6 miles per hour .

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