Patricia Altschul has decided to stay in Charleston and wait out Hurricane Florence and its aftermath this week. And the Southern Charm grand dame seemed confident that she was ready for whatever the storm would bring.
In fact, Patricia was a calming and reassuring presence when she "unexpectedly" showed up on The Weather Channel on Thursday. Patricia caught up with The Weather Channel's on-camera meteorologist Tevin Wooten at The Battery in Charleston, the very southern tip of the city. When Wooten asked Patricia if she was prepared for the possibility of Hurricane Florence's arrival in Charleston, she said, "I'm prepared. Totally prepared. Locked and loaded. Everything."
Patricia later apologized on Twitter for mistakenly calling Tevin "Kevin" in the clip. She also invited him over to her house, in case he has some downtime during his coverage. "Come over and have a hurricane cocktail at the Isaac Jenkins Mikell house," she tweeted.
Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday morning. It was downgraded to a Category 1 storm late Thursday, according to The New York Times. Tropical storm-force winds are expected to hit South Carolina on Saturday before moving north.
Patricia has been prepping for the impending storm all week. She has previously shared a look at her provisions with the help of her butler, Michael Kelcourse. Patricia also shared a look at her "house on lockdown."
Many of Patricia's fellow Charlestonians decided to evacuate The Holy City in anticipation of the storm, which forecasters anticipated bringing catastrophic damage to the Carolinas. The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia ordered residents to evacuate coastal areas in advance of Hurricane Florence. Kathryn C. Dennis headed to Nashville, Shep Rose went off to Chicago, and Austen Kroll evacuated deeper inland in North Carolina, where his family has a home in Charlotte, PEOPLE reported earlier this week.