“My family is just staying prayed up,” North Carolina resident talks about current conditions before Hurricane hits


By Claire Cowley, Staff Reporter

The latest on Hurricane Florence details the storm making landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Sept. 14.

There has been a report of two people being killed and another critically injured after a tree fell on a home.

A resident of Kannapolis, N.C., Roslyn Borrego, said she has lived in the south for five years and has experienced heavy rain because her family is in a flood zone.


“My family is just staying prayed up, we not in flood zone as far as residential, we got the necessary items needed and we [sic] mindful of the news and warnings,” Borrego said.

Borrego also said she has prepared for the storm by getting water, canned goods and flashlights that should last until the storm is over.

“I am working, [but] schools was closed today,” Borrego said.

Borrego said she is not the one to panic, she lets nature take its course and will deal with it once the storm comes to her community.

Borrego also said her mother, Karen Harris, is a wreck because Harris panics easily.

“She’s safe and coming to my home,” Borrego said.

Borrego said Harris lives five minutes from her in the same town and will arrive there Friday night.


Harris lives alone in a residential home, so she’s a little nervous, Borrego said.

Like most residential homes, colleges in the Kannapolis area will be impacted by the storm.

Georgia state university student, Elhaji Toure, a second year studying chemistry, said the best advice he has for young people in North Carolina is to bring awareness and being educated about it.

“I feel like most people won’t get out and be helping hands, if they don’t know anything about it,” Toure said.

Toure also said Atlanta is probably the closest metropolitan city to South Carolina and educating the communities about the storm is helpful.

“[I’m slightly in the path of the storm, so] yes and no, just as far as like a lot of rainfall,” Toure said.

Toure said his area in Smyrna, Georgia is not experiencing nothing too extreme like what they’re having in the Carolinas.

“I think the way that the hurricane probably impacted me in a significant way would be the traffic and the people that are over here [in terms] of evacuation,” Toure said.

Toure said he has tried to avoid any traffic problems as much as possible.

“On a day to basis, it seems like everything’s still the norm,” Toure said.

Toure said he thinks that may change as the weekend passes by there will be a bigger difference and volunteer efforts increase.

“If given the opportunity, I would,” Toure said.

Toure also said he believes there would be more hurricanes before the year is over.

“It’s more of a issue that is to global warming. If you look at Katrina, they would only happen every some many years, but now with the climate and environment getting warmer and warmer its adds more and more of them,” Toure said.

Toure also said last year we had three hurricanes in a row and they are linked to global warming.

About five million people live in areas under current hurricane warnings or watches, and five million more live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, though it was unclear how many left, according to the Guardian.

The Guardian also said electric company Duke Energy could knock out power for three of its four million customers in the Carolinas that could last for weeks.

Staff reporter Claire Cowley can be reached at ccowley@dailyegyptian.com.

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