Dooney for NPR hide caption. In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's governor offered a series of dire warnings.
As of Friday morning, the state was housing almost 20, people in shelters, Gov. During Hurricane Matthew in — North Carolina's last major hurricane — the state counted 4, people in shelters.
Baker lives in Wilmington, which was expected to receive the strongest wind and rain. During the course of Hurricane Florence the ministry plans to feed the neighborhood three meals a day until it runs out of food or power.
Baker picked that shelter — one of the five shelters operated by New Hanover County, which so far have housed a total of more than North carolina people — partly because it let him bring his cat. And in the hours before the storm hit, Baker was already thinking about when he'd get back home.
But, unlike Baker, some of the people who evacuated to a shelter hadn't chosen to come. Jennifer Olson had been in a Wilmington hospital, about an hour away from her home in Little River, S.
Olson said her home was likely to flood. When she was discharged from the hospital, the roads in South Carolina had already been closed, she said. Florence is Olson's first hurricane.