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With Hurricane Dorian on the Way, the Southern Charm-ers Prep Their Homes: Photos

Along with the people of Charleston, the Southern Charm cast is getting ready for the storm.

By Courtney Thompson

As Hurricane Dorian travels up the East Coast and is slated to bear the brunt of its force on the Carolinas later today, the Southern Charm cast mates are in prep mode, battening down the hatches at their collective houses.

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According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian is set to unleash “destructive winds, flooding rains, and life-threatening storm surges,” upon the coasts of Georgia and North and South Carolinas. And while Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, it has expanded in size. Wrote The Washington Post: “That means its strong winds cover a larger area, capable of generating giant waves and pushing large amounts of water toward the shore… If this trend continues, it could mean even worse impacts for the Carolinas.

To prepare, everyone from grande dame Patricia Altschul to Austen Kroll’s sometimes-girlfriend Madison LeCroy is doing what they can to make sure their homes withstand the expected destruction.

See how they’re all getting ready for Dorian below, and learn more about how they’re contributing to the relief efforts for the devastation wrought upon the Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands.

Shep, Cameran, & Austen


Shep Rose, Cameran Eubanks, and Austen met up over the weekend to take a stroll through downtown Charleston, where they were taking in the many boarded-up businesses. Said Shep: “We are just making sure everybody’s OK and boarding up their places and getting ready for the storm of the century and lots of love to the Bahamas, we’re thinking about you and hope everyone’s OK.”

More recently, Shep has created a Shep Gear hat dedicated to provided Hurrican Dorian relief, where 100 percent of the proceeds will go to “efforts to rebuild and support fire and rescue in the Bahamas.”

Naomie Olindo


Naomie Olindo joined forces with her boyfriend, Metul Shah, and several friends to hurricane-proof not one but two homes.

Patricia Altschul

Dorian, don’t you dare touch Patricia’s magnificent Isaac Jenkins Mikell House! The Charleston matriarch called in the big guns — her contractor! — to get her house hurricane ready.

Here we go again! Hurricane preparedness for an historic home in #charleston requires protecting the windows that still have the original glass. Thanks to my contractor Richard Moby Marks and his team. #prayers for all those in the path of this monstrous #hurricane #dorian.” And this isn’t Patricia’s first rodeo — she was more than ready for last year’s Hurricane Florence, too.

Madison LeCroy


Austen’s on-again, off-again girlfriend also did her best to make her home safe, getting up on a ladder to secure her house’s storm shutters.

Craig Conover

While we haven’t seen Craig Conover’s efforts to protect his newly-redesigned home, the Sewing Down South honcho has been active in raising funds for the people of the Abaco, where he’s spent a great deal of time. “I wanted to try and organize something to help or lend support and thought why not donate all of the sales from a pillow that was completely inspired by my time there,” he told Home & Design. While the pillow sold out in one day — and Craig raised more than $5,000! — you can still buy one for $58 here, and expect it to arrive in roughly three weeks. All proceeds from the pillow are going to Abaco.

We here at Home & Design are sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Charleston and beyond, and remind everyone to stay safe during this storm!

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