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This message comes from n._p._r. Sponsor xfinity some things are slow like a snail races. Other things are fast like xfinity x. by get get fast speeds. Even when everyone is online working to make wifi simple easy awesome more at xfinity dot com restrictions apply hurricane doreen crawled up the south carolina coast today pounding the eastern part of the state with wind and rain the national weather service says hurricane conditions will continue in south carolina for a few more hours in pure science reporter. Rebecca hersher is in charleston. She's been feeling the effects of the storm all day. Hey there rebecca hey. Hey hey so tell me what exactly you've seen what it sounded like well actually woke me up last night at about four a._m. Was really windy. Today has been really rainy windy day gusts of wind strong enough to break off pretty big branches that are in the street down trees nothing. You'd want to drive your car in nothing. You'd want to walk around dan but really the thing everyone's worried about is flooding. It's been on everyone's mind watching the tides at this point. There was a high tide this afternoon. It did not cause serious. Here's flooding in charleston. Hopefully the same will be true on in communities that are further up the coast that are still in it right now. There's not supposed to be anybody in charleston right. There was a mandatory evacuation curation order. Did people obey it. A lot of people dead yeah although not necessarily when it was announced which was over the long weekend but by the time the storm arrived on wednesday. It was pretty empty here. Everything was closed that said a lot of people did stay and that often happens. I mean people with pets. Don't wanna take them to hotels or shelters or people. Don't have access to transportation or some people are gambling won't be as destructive as it seemed at the beginning now so it sounds as though things have not been horrendous windows this time as though charleston may have dodged a bullet but would city officials with the state have been prepared for a bigger storm. You know they would like to think they would would and it can be helpful of this kind. Were you dodged a bullet as you said it's the kind of storm that gets more likely as earth gets hotter. You know slow moving for days as threatening lots of rain so getting this kind of dry run so to speak so to speak the evacuation goes seeing who decides to stay how flood control infrastructure performs. That's all really really helpful. If you're trying to better prepare for the hurricanes of the future and officials think that this was a pretty good dry-run and they feel relatively well prepared although they would not have been able to deal with a direct hit. Thank you rebecca. Thanks so much that's n._p._r. Science reporter rebecca hersher reporting from charleston.