- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - North Myrtle Beach officials are planning ways to minimize damage from the next big storm.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach (http://bit.ly/2dPc9Fh ) reports the city was particularly affected by Hurricane Matthew, as a tornado hit the area and a fire destroyed five homes.

George DuRant of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce said a Wednesday estimate of business impact, including damage and lost tourism revenue, amounted to more than $10 million.

Mayor Marilyn Hatley says the city will focus on putting utility lines underground. She says the city’s building standards ensured more structures weren’t damaged in the storm.

Following the massive loss of sand dunes, city spokesman Pat Dowling says the city is hoping to accelerate its beach renourishment plans so the shoreline is not so vulnerable.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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