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How the Waffle House is used to determine a hurricane’s fury

16 September 2018

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

It's well-known among southerners that if the 24/7/365 restaurants ever close, real danger is afoot, and in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall, at least two locations - in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Morehead, North Carolina - have closed.

Fugate stepped down in January 2017 and was replaced by Brock Long, but the Waffle House Index remains.

The restaurant chain appears to be taking the job seriously, activating its own storm center as Hurricane Florence approaches. Really. This is because the restaurant is known for staying open through nearly anything - from a storm to a holiday.

The comfort-food restaurants are known for staying open 24 hours a day, even under the most severe weather conditions. However, The Post would like you to know that waiting to leave until Waffle House closes is not the recommended practice for storm planning. The team also asked people to "plan ahead and be safe".

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.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses the Waffle House Index as a metric of how well a community will recover after a storm.

"The Waffle House test just doesn't tell us how quickly a business might rebound - it also tells how the larger community is faring", said a FEMA blog post from 2011, when Craig Fugate was administrator under former president Obama.

As of noon Wednesday, Waffle House executives had made the decision to close eight of those restaurants that appear to be in the direct path of the hurricane. FEMA has since developed a color-coded system that is dependent on Waffle House's status. From Titusville to Fort Pierce, Florida, every Waffle House was closed as operations became too hard to continue. We call it red. If it is open but serving from a limited menu, it's yellow. "Within the occasion that they're green, we're correct, defend going".

Warner said the restaurants along the Carolina coast impacted by Hurricane Florence are gathering resources, so they can open as soon as the storm is finished. "You haven't found the bad stuff yet".

How the Waffle House is used to determine a hurricane’s fury