Hub for reliable, timely news about COVID-19 pandemic

‘Time to get out:’ Travelers arrive from Raleigh ahead of Florence

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

MILWAUKEE -- FOX6 News spoke with travelers as they stepped off a plane from Raleigh, North Carolina Tuesday, Sept. 11, many of them fleeing areas expected to be hit hardest by Hurricane Florence when it makes landfall Thursday.

Everyone we spoke with said grocery stores and gas stations were running short on supplies. One woman headed back home, into the path of the storm, said her neighbor doesn't have access to bottled water.

"It was time to get out of dodge," said Alicia Dehaan.

"We are just trying to make sure the family is safe -- a newborn. The house can wait," said Derek Dehaan.

Alicia and Derek Dehaan

Not only did the Dehaans escape the looming menace of Hurricane Florence, they were also preparing to show off newborn baby Carolina to Grandma for the first time.

"They are calling for it to be pretty rough," said Alicia Dehaan.

Hurricane Florence

Travelers arrive at Mitchell Airport from Raleigh, NC

Shirley Cram

As others were welcomed back to the Dairy State at Mitchell Airport Tuesday, Shirley Cram was preparing to head back, into the storm's path. After a three-week vacation in Wisconsin, it was time to head back to Raleigh.

"I don't know what I am going back to," said Cram.

She said she asked her neighbor back home to pick up some supplies at the store.

"They were supposed to have more water. This morning, she went there and no water," said Cram.

Carla Winter

Carla Winter returned home from her week-long vacation in South Carolina just as the weather reports started to take a dire tone.

"At least Wisconsin doesn't have hurricanes!' We were more thinking about Florence and wanting to get back home," said Winter.

On Tuesday afternoon, several flights from the East Coast were delayed. The flight from Raleigh was about 30 minutes behind, and it was expected more would be delayed or even canceled due to the storm.

Hurricane Florence

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.