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Hurricane evacuees continue to head south through Georgia

Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 at 4:07 PM EDT
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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - With less than 50 hours until Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolina, thousands of evacuees are continuing to find safer ground.

On Wednesday, cars were continuing to drive out of South Carolina and into Georgia.

'We just wanted to prepare in case there was extensive flooding in the area," Michelle Grooms said.

Michelle Grooms lives in Charleston. She's heading down to Orlando to escape Florence.

"It's great to be able to head down to the Sunshine State to get a little R&R," she said.

Grooms says she was stuck in Hurricane Andrew back in August of 1992, and with Hurricane Florence expected to have big impacts across parts of South Carolina, she's not taking any chances.

"I'm worried for the people who decide to stay, especially as unpredictable as it's been. I just hope everyone is as lucky as we can be," Grooms said.

Major roads across South Carolina continue to see lane reversals, like I-26 in Charleston. Florence is not only impacting residents but also travelers in other states

"Traffic has been pretty clear. I think we saw more people heading north more than going south, so traffic was pretty clear until we got down here to South Carolina and Georgia," Scott Deserio said.

Deserio and John Dudkewic live in Palm Coast, Florida, but they've been visiting New York and Maine. With Hurricane Florence making headlines this week, they decided to come home early.

"We were probably going to come down here at the end of the week, maybe get down here Friday, so a few days early, but it was just a matter of if we wanted to come down here before or after," he said.

These Florida residents aren't the ones evacuating this time, but they hope people play it safe during the storm.

"As Florida residents, we know what it's like to go through a hurricane," Deserio said.

Georgia State Patrol says they have additional troopers out along I-95 to help evacuees. The Georgia Department of Transportation's CHAMP trucks are also out in full force.

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