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Chattanooga area natives ready to ride out Hurricane Florence in Carolina homes

At this point, one woman from Cleveland, Tennessee says she believes it's more dangerous to evacuate than just to stay in place and use the resources she has.

As Chattanooga welcomes hurricane evacuees, some of the city's natives are riding out the storm in places near the coast.

NewsChannel 9 has reported several times this week that supplies like gas and water are running low along the coast.

At this point, one woman from Cleveland, Tennessee says she believes it's more dangerous to evacuate than just to stay in place and use the resources she has.

"It's a gamble," Jenn Griffith says. "At some point, it just gets more dangerous to travel and travel along the evacuation routes."

Griffith is an artist who paints in Charleston, South Carolina.

She Facetimed with us Thursday, and sent us pictures of her town before heading a little farther inland, where she'll wait out the storm.

"We've been through it before," she said.

In the four years she's been in South Carolina, she's weathered a handful of hurricanes.

"You get used to it, but you never really get comfortable, because the scary thing about weather is it's so unpredictable," she said.

Another Chattanooga native says had he been able to predict Hurricane Florence would be downgraded twice, he may have made a different decision this week.

To be safe though, Scott Smith prepared his Jacksonville, North Carolina home, and brought his family back to Tennessee, where his parents still live.

"I thought it'd be smart to get out of there," he said. "Obviously the wise thing is to leave, but yeah if we could have seen the future we probably would have stayed."

Griffith still has her guard up, but wants her friends and family in Chattanooga to know she's safe and not alone.

"Don't worry too much," she said. "We all look out for each other here."

Griffith's boyfriend works at the hospital in Charleston.

She says he went in to work Thursday morning and expects to be there for the next few days through the storm.


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