Utahns worry about family in hurricane’s path

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Hurricane Florence is taking aim at the East Coast later this week. 

High winds, flooding and storm surge are expected while thousands of people evacuate the Carolina coastline.

Hurricane Florence is touted as a “storm of a lifetime” by the National Weather Service. 

Shiloh Johnson of Mountain Green admits she’s worried about her loved ones in the path of the storm. 

Her brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their two children live in Raeford, North Carolina. The city is twenty miles from Fayetteville.

“It scares you because I want to help them but I don’t know how,” Johnson said. 

The primary concern in Raeford is prolonged periods of heavy rain and life-threatening flooding. 

It’s nothing Johnson’s sister-in-law Angela Bailey’s experienced growing up in West Valley City. 

“We are just sitting here waiting. It’s like waiting for a baby to arrive: when is it going to get here and how bad is it going to be,” Bailey told News4Utah.

Baily’s husband is stationed in Fort Brag and will not be evacuating. To prepare, the family of four has gathered a week’s worth of supplies and will hunker down in their laundry room for several days. 

“To be completely honest, it’s kind of unnerving. It’s a little unsettling just because we don’t know what to expect. We’ve obviously planned for the worst but expecting the best,” Bailey said. 

Watching from Utah, Johnson feels helpless. 

“With them being so close, their house could be gone within seconds and that’s the worst part of it all,” Johnson said. 

Johnson’s family isn’t her only concern. Her best friend lives in Stafford, Virginia, which is also under a hurricane warning.

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