Residents Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Larry and John spoke with one evacuee living in the Category 4 storm’s path

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ST. JAMES, N.C. (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The latest forecast for Hurricane Florence predicts the Category 4 storm could hit just south of Wilmington, NC and head west.

Teresa Houser lives in Brunswick County, currently under mandatory evacuation orders ahead of the storm.  She spoke with the KDKA Radio Morning News Wednesday as she finalized evacuation preparations.

“We don’t have storm shutters on our windows, which is a little unsettling, but we put screens up to try to help keep the glass from coming in the house,” Houser said. “We’re closing all of our blinds, taking all the electronics putting them up high, covering them with plastic, unplugging everything.”

Houser said she has also moved all of her family’s belongings inside their St. James home and secured all valuable papers and personal items.

“This is pretty scary I’ve not gone through anything like this ever,” Houser said. “We were here when [Hurricane] Matthew came through, but that was just a Category 1.”

A hurricane warning and storm surge warning are in effect from the South Santee River, SC to Duck, NC, including Myrtle Beach, SC, Wilmington, NC, and most of the Outer Banks.

Hurricane watches and storm surge watches remain posted north of Duck to the border between North Carolina and Virginia, and from Edisto Beach, SC northward to the South Santee River, SC.

“The hurricane plus the storm surge is what’s really concerning for us,” Houser said.

A storm surge will accompany the hurricane coming ashore from Thursday night into Friday, causing large waves and coastal flooding.

Florence is being called the “storm of a lifetime” and is expected to dump as much as 40 inches of rain on the Carolinas with sustained winds of 130 mph.

The storm is expected to slow down during the day Thursday, leading to more rainfall than originally expected.

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