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Hurricane evacuees make stop in the TN Valley

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 2:02 PM -04:00 Updated:
TENNESSEE (WRCB) -

Officials estimate more than one million people will evacuate their homes in the coming days for Hurricane Florence. Some of those evacuees are headed to the Tennessee Valley.

Tim Tangermann has been on the road since before sunrise, driving to beat Hurricane Florence.

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“Governor McMaster told us we had to leave,” Tangermann said.

He and his fiancée live in Charleston. They've experienced hurricanes in the past but nothing like what is predicted to hit later this week.

“It was a huge storm; he compared it to Hugo, which is very rare to hear,” Tangermann added.

The National Weather Service is comparing Hurricane Florence to Hurricane Hugo. Hugo hit in 1989 and was deadly. It destroyed parts of Charleston.

“Usually warns us when a hurricane is coming. To hear it actually compared to Hugo it just scared all of us,” he said.

A state of emergency has been declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

"I want to stress again and press the importance of our citizens to take action now. This is a dangerous storm. The storm will and has the potential to cause loss of life, and we cannot emphasize the importance to take action now," Jeff Byard Associate Administrator with FEMA said.

Tim Tangermann is happy to get out of Florence’s way, but he is still worried about what he may find when he returns home.

“Yea I am a little scared," he said. "I just have no clue. Last year, the hurricane, that brushed us, it did some damage but didn't really do a lot to the apartment complex. I am hopeful everything is going to be okay.”

Our local Red Cross chapters have not been deployed to the coast. A spokesperson tells us they are waiting to get orders from the state level to move vehicles.

Local fire departments have also been in meetings all day organizing teams to deploy for water rescues if needed.

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