Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hurricane Florence prompts Waffle House to activate storm center

Hurricane Florence prompts Waffle House to activate storm center

Waffle House has always been a popular spot for round-the-clock comfort food for locals and travelers alike throughout the South.

At least one Waffle House location - in Myrtle Beach, S.C. - has closed until the hurricane passes.

If a Waffle House closes, officials believe that area must have been hit hard.

"If we are open quickly after the storm, that means the community is coming back and folks are out, we are getting back to that sense of normalcy", Warner told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday.

Hurricane Florence may be looming ever closer, but for now, Waffle House's hash browns are mostly still sizzling and its eggs are still cracking. Really. This is because the restaurant is known for staying open through nearly anything - from a storm to a holiday.

That's because the 24-hour restaurant chain is known for more than a fast breakfast, USA Today reported - it often remains open during natural disasters, providing food and resources to first responders. Have you heard of the Waffle House index?

On Tuesday, Waffle House tweeted a photo of personnel hunkered down in a situation room, in front of screens with maps and the hurricane's projected path. "Plan ahead and be safe", the company encouraged its customers.

Florence's 'violent grind' leaves at least four dead in Carolinas
And Florence remained capable of unleashing rain-fueled catastrophic flooding of rivers and low-lying areas across a wide region. Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.


The chain's policy has provided an unofficial way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to track the severity of a natural disaster.

As of September 12, the Waffle House Storm Center is activated and monitoring Florence.

With several major cities in the storm's path, Waffle House is likely only one of many companies watching and waiting to see how they may need to react if things turn bad.

FEMA cautioned against taking the Waffle House Index too seriously, however. We call it red. "They are originate a variety of the time".

Waffle House is used as an example of how quickly a business, and therefore a community, may recover from a storm. "The sooner intelligent areas, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-originate, the sooner native economies will originate up producing income all all over again - signaling a sturdy restoration for that personnel."In a 2016 interview with NPR, Fugate described how FEMA applied the Waffle Condo check". Opened and serving a limited menu, that's yellow.

Heed your local Waffle House warning and evacuate. You can't make this stuff up, and that's just a lot of pressure to put on a place that sells waffles.

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