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Hurricane Florence sparks travel concerns, prompts local relief efforts

Posted at 6:59 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 20:08:22-04

MILWAUKEE -- Hurricane Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the Carolinas Thursday and hurricane conditions Friday.

But while some people are trying to get out of dodge, others are heading to the area to help with hurricane relief efforts.

“There’s nervousness. My wife is there, my mother-in-law is there, so [my biggest concern is] being able to get back to make sure I’m in town in case something goes wrong,” Rich Ford, of Charlotte, North Carolina, said.

Nerves are at an all-time high as hundreds of thousands of people living in the Carolinas and surrounding areas prepare for what the National Weather Service is calling “the storm of a lifetime”.

“My wife said this morning where the storm used to be all north, now it looks like we’re just south of the eye,” Ford said.

While Ford is heading toward the storm, Mary Ben Faust is happy to hold the hand of her husband now that he’s back from Newberry, South Carolina.

“Getting him home was kind of antsy because he was supposed to fly out Wednesday and I called him Monday. I said, ‘You got to get out of dodge now,’” Mary Ben Faust said.

But the Faust couple isn’t breathing easy just yet, their son and grandchildren live in Raleigh where thousands have been asked to seek higher ground.

“I’m nervous, I’ve been watching,” Faust said.

Here locally, in Milwaukee County, a stuff the truck effort is already underway. Two local companies are collecting items to help hurricane victims.

Amanda Malka, owner of Hungry Man Moving, and Jennifer Clark, owner of Jen’s Sweet Treats, are leaving on Saturday, September 22nd and traveling to a naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. Donations can be dropped off at one of two locations:

Hungry Man Moving
3770 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
St. Francis, WI


Jen’s Sweet Treats
4745 S. Packard Ave.
Cudahy, WI