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Matthew hits Georgetown, SC but residents 'expected worse'

(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV) (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

Kelsey Stone had never seen a hurricane up close. Not until Saturday, that is.

"Amazing how powerful nature can be."

She and some friends rode the storm out in an upstairs apartment along Front Street in Georgetown, South Carolina. Overnight, Matthew came roaring in with high winds and heavy rain.

As daylight came, the conditions deteriorated. Storm surge was expected to be 3 to 6 feet but the hurricane lost some intensity as it raked the coastal sections of South Carolina. Still, there was enough water pushed ashore that Front Street was turned into a river with water getting into several businesses.

Matthew came ashore north of Charleston and bounced back to sea but then came inland again, although briefly. That spot was in Georgetown.

Just before 1 p.m. the wind died down and the rain diminished to a drizzle.

Damien Windley stepped outside to see his neighborhood flooded and thought that maybe the storm was over.

"I hope it doesn't get any worse."

On the back side of the hurricane there was not as much rain but once the eye passed the winds picked up again. Trees were downed and power was cut off. Most of Georgetown County was in the dark.

Despite that, many who ventured out to see what was damaged felt the results were not as bad as they thought.

"We expected a lot worse," said one man.

Damage assessments will begin Sunday morning. Cleanup will likely take several days.

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