SC Emergency Officials Study Sandy for Lessons

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By Alicia Barnes

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ Emergency officials on the South Carolina coast are looking at Superstorm Sandy to try to learn ways to better prepare for future storms.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that Horry County emergency management director Randy Webster has been looking at the impact of Sandy.

The storm hit the East Coast on Oct. 29, causing problems from North Carolina to Maine. More than 100 deaths were reported, most from drowning in the storm surge.

Webster says the Grand Strand would not face the same problems with damage to the transportation network. The concentration of the population is also much less than New York.

But Webster does worry about whether people would evacuate when needed, noting the last major storm to hit the area was Hugo in 1989.

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