BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - Evacuees from Hurricane Florence headed in different directions to avoid its fury. Plenty of people are also heading west to escape the storm.
As millions of evacuees head north on the interstates from Coastal South Carolina, more and more have started heading west to Statesboro.
Evacuations have plenty of people on the highway. The Reiley's, their daughter, and granddaughter stopped at the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau after they fled their vacation condo in Myrtle Beach.
"The storm kept moving northeast, so we thought we would be safe here, and we just picked Statesboro on the map," said evacuee, Audrey Reiley.
The CVB's director says they see more people coming west during a hurricane.
"I think local people would be shocked at the number of evacuees we get from the coastal regions," said Becky Davis, Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Troopers say more drivers take off the ramp and avoid potential bumper to bumper traffic.
"I've noticed in recent evacuations, more and more people are taking the state routes. That's helping keep the traffic flow on I-16 and I-95 a little better," said Sgt. Chris Rodewolt, Post 45, Commander GA State Patrol.
Audrey says they're glad they found a room and things to do for a few days.
"I'd rather be safe than sorry. It's scary being in even a tropical storm," Audrey said.
Davis says evacuees already on the road can check their Visit Statesboro website or social platforms, get vacancy information, and find where to make reservations on the way there.