If you've ever traveled on a road trip across the eastern USA you've likely seen or stopped by a waffle house restaurant.
Waffle House is so crucial when a storm hits because the 24-hour chain often stays open when the weather gets bad.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has an unusual way to track the severity of a natural disaster, and it involves Waffle House restaurants.
As you've likely heard by now, when Waffle House closes, that mean's shit is getting real. They also tweeted a cheeky message to the storm itself: "Kiss my grits!"
Naturally then, as Hurricane Florence bears down on the east coast, Waffle House is (seriously) preparing. 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 Waffle House test doesn't just tell us how quickly a business might rebound - it also tells us how the larger community is faring", Dan Stoneking wrote on the FEMA Blog in 2011. If a closed Waffle House encourages people to take shelter, bring on the Waffle House Index. "The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again - signaling a strong recovery for that community". If the index is green, the Waffle House is open and serving from its full menu, whether customers want the pecan waffle or the fiesta omelet.
If the diner is only serving a limited menu, it tells FEMA there may be supply or power issues in an area.
The idea of closing a restaurant, though, is foreign to Waffle House employees.
At least one location in Myrtle Beach South Carolina had shut its doors by Wednesday night, Eater reported.
Meanwhile, Waffle House's main Twitter account had a message for the approaching storm: "Hey Flo".
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. We call it red. You have not any longer came upon the deplorable stuff but."Waffle Condo spokesman Pat Warner talked about Fugate came up with the check for the length of the 2004 typhoon season in Florida".
As Hurricane Florence approaches, restaurants in North and SC are watching the weather to determine whether or not they will stay open.