ANDERSON, S.C. | Upstate South Carolina was packed simply three weeks in the past with individuals hoping to see a complete photo voltaic eclipse. Now, it’s loaded with Floridians who hope they don’t discover a complete catastrophe once they get again residence.
Dragan Zatnjak and his spouse left Lake Value with their canine hoping to seek out security within the Florida Panhandle again when Hurricane Irma was forecast to return up the Atlantic Coast.
“First, we went to Tallahassee. Then they moved the monitor. Then we went to Atlanta they usually stated tropical storms winds there,’’ he stated. “We’re going to Asheville, N.C.”
He was amongst many taking a break on the South Carolina welcome middle off Interstate eighty five throughout Hartwell Lake from Lavonia, Ga.
Avery Wheelock was nicely out of hurt’s approach working in Springfield, Mass., however he received a name from again residence within the Tampa space from his girlfriend, Veneita Glynn.
“She stated you’ve acquired to get down right here,’’ so he started on the lookout for a flight residence, however the closest he might get was Atlanta, he stated.
He flew down and she or he drove up Interstate seventy five, “by means of tons of visitors,’’ she stated.
“Individuals have been driving alongside the edges. As an alternative of three lanes, it was 5. I ended for fuel and it took endlessly,’’ she stated.
That was all northbound, she stated.
“The one factor I noticed going south was the Military and tons and tons of emergency automobiles,’’ she stated.
Jimmy Marsh had flown to Cortez close to Sarasota for a trip together with his brother and sister-in-regulation, John and Rebecca Crist.
He obtained three days of trip after which issues turned hectic due to Irma.
They have been making an attempt to get Marsh residence to Lynchburg, Va., in a forty-foot motor residence pulling a 24-foot boat.
“I hope I can get this rig down the street earlier than the wind comes up,’’ Crist stated of the tall motor house.
And the wind was arising. South Carolina was beneath a excessive winds warning.
Mike Phillips and his spouse had been on a deliberate journey to Atlanta in their very own motor house to go to their 4-yr-previous grandson.
“Now we will’t get again house,” Phillips stated. “We’re going to Charlotte.”
Invoice Culbreth was in Orlando in his motor house when the primary warnings got here that Irma’s monitor had shifted west and would come very close to his house in Tampa.
“I had to return to Tampa to get some provides and lock issues up,’’ he stated on the welcome middle.
Culbreth was touring alone. His daughter already had left Florida, however his…