Beryl causes little damage on Hunting Island

Beryl causes little damage on Hunting Island

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Conditions at Hunting Island State Park were much more mild on Memorial Day than on Sunday. It was still windy, but nothing compared just 24 hours earlier.

The surf continued to be rough with high waves and strong surf. Although Beryl left behind some debris, park officials say the island faired better than expected.

"So far it seems we were pretty lucky," said Jeff Atkins, park manager. "There is some wash we had but there doesn't seem to be any major infrastructure loss or anything that fell down blocking the roads or any damage to facilities."

With erosion always a big concern on the island, many beachgoers came out to the park on Monday to check out the effects of Beryl for themselves.

"Hunting Island is a jewel, so we were very happy to come out and see that there has been very little damage - just high tides and the racks moved in. But other than that, it seems like it's fine," said Susan Kelly.

Some didn't let Mother Nature put a damper on their holiday.

"It was raining real hard," said Jessica Singleton. "We were about to leave, but we saw the sun come out and we came back."

"It's a great day to be out here," said Kelly. "We saw a few surfers out trying out the water, and we picked up a few shells that washed up."

Lady's Island St. Helena Firefighters, Beaufort County EMS, Beaufort County sheriff's deputies and park rangers patrolled the beach throughout the holiday weekend to help keep swimmers safe.

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