Several former Central New Yorkers who call North Carolina home now are preparing for their first major hurricane.
Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Tar Heel state, with damage expected for coastal communities and heavy flooding for those inland.
NewsChannel 9 spoke with two people who used to live in the Syracuse area that both have lived in the Raleigh area for about five years now.
Shelly Dates says, “I think sometimes as Northerners we tend to be a little cavalier about these storms, but after you live through one or two you really realize to take them seriously, even if it turns out not to be much.”
The message for those inland is to prepare for heavy rains, flooding and long power outages.
Alan Isaacs, formerly of Manlius now living in Raleigh, says, “They just said button down the house, stay inside, have everything charged, and extra batteries and what have you.”
They both say most essential supplies are long gone.
Dates says, “I went into a couple of stores on Sunday and they were so packed I left. Tried to get gas last night and the gas station was out.”
Isaacs adds, “I tried to find a generator today, forget about it. I tried to find water today, forget about it. People, they’re not panicking but they’re making sure they’re well supplied.”
They both say preparing for this hurricane is much different than the worst snowstorms they dealt with living in Central New York.