South Carolina slave descendants used to riding out storms

  • In this Sept. 11, 2018 photo, John Brown stands behind a fence for his cows outside his home on St. Helena Island, S.C. Brown and other residents of the island’s Gullah community of slave descendants are watching Hurricane Florence as it approaches the Carolinas. St. Helena’s Gullah residents have a long history of riding out storms, including a hurricane that killed an estimated 2,000 people in 1893. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the TV in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials.

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