Kentucky native riding out Hurricane Florence

BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Several people have decided to ride out Hurricane Florence, including one Kentucky woman.

In Berea, college student Brooklin Adams is seeing sunny skies, a light breeze and all-around good weather. However, what her sister, Bailey Wiggins, sees when she looks out her window is a different story.

Bailey is in Physician Assistant school at the University of North Carolina. When she heard a hurricane was headed her way, she decided to stay in the state.

Her campus apartment building was evacuated and classes at the University were cancelled, so she went to stay with someone else in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

When she told her family about her decision, they weren’t happy. Bailey says they were essentially begging her to come home, but still, she didn’t change her mind.

Bailey tells ABC 36 it’s an eight hour drive back home to Cynthiana from Chapel Hill. She says that drive, with traffic, lack of gas and her dog in the car would’ve been hard. Bailey explains it’s because of that, she decided to stay in North Carolina.

Her biggest concern, she says, is the amount of trees all over the city, explaining she’s concerned the storms will knock them down and she won’t be able to drive anywhere.

Brooklin says she and the rest of her family are still nervous about Bailey being away from home in a storm as strong as this one, but are glad they’ll still be able to talk to her. Brooklin says Bailey is well supplied with multiple external batteries for her phone.

Still, Bailey’s family is concerned. Brooklin says she’s leaving Berea to spend the weekend with her parents back home in Cynthiana, so they can all get through this scary weekend together.

Bailey says classes at UNC are set to resume on Monday, but that, she explains, is dependent on the amount of damage Florence does.


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