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Matthew cleanup begins along SC coast, power still out to thousands

(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV) (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTV) -

Thousands of people along the South Carolina Coast spent another day without electricity following the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Power crews from across the Southeast have converged to help restore electricity but officials say it will take some time. Downed trees and flooded roads have slowed the progress. Power crews urge the public to be patient.

Meanwhile, cleanup is underway where buildings were damaged. Several shops along Highway 17 lost their roofs. Other homes had trees on top of them.

Along the beachfront, homes seemed to fare well. Not so for the Surfside Pier and the Springmaid Pier. Both lost hundreds of feet of pier. Debris washed up along the shore.

A lot of people came out to look and grab a board or two as a keepsake. Christina Phillips and Jim Hess were looking for something special. They have a connection to the day Hurricane Matthew came ashore.

"We were supposed to get married on Garden City Pier," said Hess. "We had to cancel and tell our friends to stay home."

The two still plan to get married, possibly during their honeymoon this week in the Florida Keys. 

"We will find a courthouse somewhere," said Hess.

Despite the cancellation of the party both say it is a memory and a story they can tell for the rest of their lives.

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