Waffle House Index created to measure storm effects

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Waffle House has had its own storm center at its headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, for a number of years, and on Tuesday the chain activated its response team in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency coined the term "Waffle House Index" to measure the effect of a natural disaster on an area. "The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can reopen, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signaling a strong recovery for a community".

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GREEN: full menu - the restaurant has power and damage is limited.

The Waffle House on Frontage Road in Myrtle Beach was eerily empty two days before Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas, a sign to many that this storm is ones to take seriously.

Waffle House said on Twitter that its "Storm Center" was monitoring Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit the coast between North Carolina and SC late Thursday or early Friday and could impact 230 of its restaurants.

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In fact, if you're wondering just how serious an impending storm may be, you can refer to the handy Waffle House Index, which was established by a FEMA director in 2011. If a Waffle House is closed resulting from there is a catastrophe, or no longer it is deplorable.

For their part, Waffle House is glad that they can serve as a barometer of the severity of the storm for the community. However, The Post would like you to know that waiting to leave until Waffle House closes is not the recommended practice for storm planning. A customer-service assistant said that the company had not yet confirmed whether stores will close. According to The Washington Post, some people living in the South will base their decision to evacuate their city based on whether the Waffle House is still open. Any location in its path could be shut down.

Hurricane Florence has been designated a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Usually, people go to the iconic fast casual restaurant for waffles, hash browns and coffee in that classic, yellow mug.

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For most restaurants, closing for a hurricane is done without the blink of an eye.

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