Family with ties to KY evacuate in SC; Red Cross teams activate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – People along the southeast coast are closely watching Dorian’s projected path as they evacuate.

While many people are evacuating, other Kentuckians are headed in the opposite direction.

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The McLaughlin family lives about 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach and has ties to Kentucky.

Last year, the family experienced hurricane Florence when it was a category one storm and they didn’t have much damage.

This year, when predictions showed a much a stronger storm hitting their home they decided to evacuate to Georgia.

“We have our kids and our niece so we are going to evacuate. We will be evacuating,” said Onierita and Adrian McLaughlin.

Red Cross volunteers from Kentucky are moving closer to the storm. About 30 Kentuckians are in Alabama waiting for their assignments.

“Two of our volunteers that have left and deployed are helping with sheltering right now,” said Tawanda Owsley, Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter Executive Director.

Two more volunteers from Lexington left on Monday with the disaster relief truck that has food, water, and other necessities.

There are more volunteers in Kentucky that are on standby if needed.