091417 Coastal Observer Sept. 14, 2017 News for Pawleys Island, Litchfield and Murrells Inlet http://www.coastalobserver.com Hurricane Irma: Town prepares to rebuild dunes They were different storms, but had the same result. Even though the eye of Hurricane Irma never got closer than about 350 miles from Pawleys Island, its wind and storm surge flattened the beach on the south end the same way Hurricane Matthew did 11 months ago when the eye of that Category 1 storm passed directly overhead. http://www.coastalobserver.com/articles/2017/091417/1.html Hurricane Irma: Midway evacuates family from beach house On Pawleys Island, the creek is on one side, the Atlantic Ocean is on the other, and never the two shall meet. Except when they do. Thanks to Tropical Storm Irma, 2017 marked the third year in a row the creek and ocean covered Springs Avenue and Midway Fire and Rescue was there to lend a hand. http://www.coastalobserver.com/articles/2017/091417/2.html Hurricane Irma: County still adding up the cost Damage around Georgetown County from Hurricane Irma was minimal, most of it was on the Waccamaw Neck, emergency manager Sam Hodge said. Staff was still assessing damage Wednesday. http://www.coastalobserver.com/articles/2017/091417/3.html Hurricane Irma: Residents prepared to face storm threat While government and emergency management officials were tweeting and posting to Facebook as fast as they could to disseminate information about the threat of Hurricane Irma, Palmetto Ace was posting too. http://www.coastalobserver.com/articles/2017/091417/4.html Beach access: POA says visitor was negligent in fall at walkway A vacationer who was injured in a fall at a North Litchfield beach access damaged by Hurricane Matthew last year was a victim of her own negligence, the area property owners association says in its answer to a lawsuit. http://www.coastalobserver.com/articles/2017/091417/5.html Hurricane Irma: The end of the walkway The first sign that the walkway is going to collapse is slight. It leans like everything else exposed to the northeast wind. http://www.coastalobserver.com/articles/2017/091417/6.html