The elevator techs were here to dismantle the drive boards of both cars carrying them down the stairwell and on a plane to Dallas where they will be re-built. We are hoping that this will cure the issue, because they can't fully evaluate the rest of the potential problems without these boards. So we still don't have a clear diagnosis for which sending the boards to the factory is needed. The techs here can only trouble shoot to a point.
Yesterday found us with a major set-back. After having a good feeling about sustaining minimal damage after expecting the absolute worst our only elevator went down. This was a result of the tail end of Florence that brought a enormous amount of lightning and rain with higher winds than expected the night before. The elevator company came out and spent almost the entire day trouble shooting the issues, and at the end of the day found that both drives of the cars were burned out.
FSA was here all day yesterday while the winds were still sustaining at 30 mph. They were able to get through the entire building assessing our findings from the day before. They pulled back carpeting, cut out soaked padding, installed fans and dehumidifiers. We were able to get one elevator running for them to get up into the building, but until elevator company can get here to inspect we don't feel it is safe for use other than contractors. The elevator company was going to try to come out yesterday, but due to high tornado risk decided not.
Today the last of Florence will be leaving us as winds diminish, but possibly not enough to activate elevators. The wind in the shafts can adversely effect the cars causing them to lock down. We plan on FSA being here to begin the post storm addressing of minor water intrusion found as a result of yesterdays walk through units from and including the 8th floor to 17. Mostly wet carpeting of which will need to be extracted, pulled back and padding removed, then high powered floor fans directed at wet areas. Also dehumidifiers will be placed to remove excess moisture.
Yesterday resulted in the ground floor of the Resort staying dry. The winds came out of the west keeping ocean waters in check. The first high tide did not make it to the rocks due to the winds keeping the water away. Today is forecasted for winds to come out of the east during the next two high tides, but hopefully with winds being less than yesterday will result in a low high tide.
We accomplished the securing of the building as well as can be without picking up the building and moving it out of harms way. We've contacted County Police to patrol when they are in the area due to opened areas from window removal, as well as park their vehicles if they need to do paperwork in the parking lot for added presence.
Yesterday was successful with the removal of storefront window from the indoor pool and under the awning area where they broke last in hopes to let mother nature come in on one side and go right out thru the open areas on the other side. Can't fight her, so respect her. We'll probably start feeling some wind effects during the day today.
Final office materials will be going up stairs today using the thought of what will we need to pick up where we left off if the office was totally wiped out.
Yesterday was a successful day getting everyone out of the building allowing us to begin the final stages of preparation. WPDE news crew will be the only ones here at their own risk, so the link below for local info should bring you to Atalaya. Everything on the ground level is off the floor above water levels of Mathew, and up in the building. Sand bags placed in front of elevator shaft to help hold back any water from the well. Bags placed in front of exterior doorways, just in case the storm is light enough to whereas the bags are useful.
Yesterday the governor of SC ordered evacuation of three zones on the coastal areas. Notices went up informing occupants the need to leave. Also we explained that the building will be shut down afternoon Tuesday. This involves securing the elevators at the top of the building and locked off. No EMS will service any issues over 40 MPH. Everyone needs to go.
The restoration company FSA that was here for post storm inspection after Mathew has been scheduled and put on their schedule to be here right the storm.
Yesterday we were able to go through all vacant units bringing in balcony furniture, and flipping all 220 breakers except the a/c for now to avoid power surge in the event of an outage, as well as begin moving office material and equipment, maintenance items, as well as housekeeping off the floors and into our safe unit in the building.
We will use the intercom for announcing to occupied units to pull in furniture, or ask us for help, because we will be going through those units today or tomorrow.