Mountain State Fair prepares for possibility of Florence's gusty winds

As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolina coast, the Mountain State Fair braces for the most unwelcome guest. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolina coast, the Mountain State Fair braces for the most unwelcome guest.

Fair organizers are most concerned about small tents that could be blown into the air by tropical storm force winds possible later in the week.

The fair's safety team, including members of the Skyland Fire Department, spent the afternoon monitoring the latest data on Hurricane Florence.

Organizers say the fair is no stranger to disasters, having weathered hurricanes, floods and 9/11 in years past.

With Florence, organizers are especially concerned about the possibility of gusty winds. Matt Buchanan with the Mountain State Fair says the larger tents are able to withstand winds up to 80 mph but the smaller tents are at risk even with 20 mph winds.

"We are taking steps to prepare our vendors to batten down the hatches on their stands and their tents, and to remove anything that may become a flying projectile with the winds," he said

Buchanan says it's too early to tell if they will need to close the fair anytime on Thursday or Friday, and says anyone who has their heart set on going to the fair this week should try to come out early in the week.

The fair is open until 11 p.m. on Monday.


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