Former Emporians planning to ride out Florence Featured

Hurricane Florence could strike North Carolina and South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday or early Saturday. Hurricane Florence could strike North Carolina and South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday or early Saturday. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration photo

BEACON TOWNES, N.C. -- Millions of people are evacuating the Carolina coastlines ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Former Emporians Vince and Sandy Hammerl are not on that list.

The Hammerls moved from Emporia several years ago to Beacon Townes, North Carolina, which is near the South Carolina state line about 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. A big reason why they moved was to be close to Sandy Hammerl's mother, who is 85 years old.

This is Vince Hammerl's third hurricane he has experienced, and for Sandy Hammerl it's her first. Vince Hammerl says family members have been preparing all week.

Vince Hammerl tells KVOE News it's an eerie scene and a dicey situation.



Authorities have been telling residents to evacuate this week ahead of Florence, which is approaching the Carolinas as a Category 3 hurricane with winds as high as 130 mph. There have been indications that Florence could meander along the coastline as it makes landfall, possibly by Friday night as a Category 4. That would likely increase the rainfall totals, which were already projected at 20 inches minimum -- but now some places could get upwards of 40 inches of rain. Wave heights have been taller than 80 feet under the hurricane, and the storm surge could approach 13 feet as Florence comes ashore.

Related: Hurricane Florence information through the National Hurricane Center

Photos by Vince Hammerl

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