WNY native sees impact of Hurricane Florence

September 15, 2018 10:09 PM

The storm has meant anxious watching for people in the Rochester area with family in the hurricane zone. It's also a scary ordeal for those from here who've been riding it out.

Pat Horton is a Lyons native living in North Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Florence started overnight Thursday but she's still seeing the impact days later.

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"I've been in a lot of hurricanes down here but this one is long lasting," Horton says. "It is surreal."

This category one storm has killed at least eleven people, and knocked out power for close to a million people across the Carolinas, Horton is one of them.

"It's so dangerous out here and there's still so many people without power it's unbelievable," Horton said.

Horton's home has sustained minimal damage so far, but experts guess this storm will likely cost between $3 and $5 billion dollars in damage across North and South Carolina.

New Bern, North Carolina is among the hardest hit cities. More than 100 people there had to be rescued from their homes after extreme flooding. For Horton, both her home and business are above water and with little damage but she worries about the rest of her community and the cost of it all.

"It's going to be an economic devastation for a few months for us here," Horton said. "My husband thinks it will probably be about two months before business is back to normal for us at the restaurant."


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