North Country Natives Brace For FlorencePosted: Updated:
Betty Smith stands on solid, safe ground in Carthage. Her home in Havelock, North Carolina is in the direct path of Hurricane Florence. She just moved there a month ago, but retreated to her hometown in the north country because of the advice she got from Carolina natives.
"My daughter packed up her car with a dog. My son had a dog and a cat and two kids. Five adults in three different cars and we made our way up here," she said.
Roughly 18 hours later, they arrived in the north country. Betty is now staying with a friend in Natural Bridge.
While Betty and her family evacuated the area, others have decided to hunker down and wait out the storm.
John C. Doe moved from Watertown to Virginia Beach about 20 years ago. He'll ride out the storm. The strongest of Florence is expected to stay south of him. He's prepared though.
"I went out and got 10 gallons of gas in case we lose power or we run out of gas. A couple of days ago, I went to the grocery store and got some items just to be prepared for the worst," he said.
Over in Onslow County, North Carolina, you can hear how worried Gouverneur native Stacy Travis is as Florence creeps closer.
"This is the only storm I've really been scared about," she said.
While she and her family are in an evacuation zone, they boarded up the windows and plan to ride it out.
"All of the grocery stores are pretty much bare. All of the gas stations are sold out. It's not looking too good," she said.
Travis says if it gets worse, she and her family will go to a shelter set up by the National Guard in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
And Betty Smith, who evacuated, says she hopes to go back home this weekend, but it all depends on the storm and how much flooding happens.