Atlanta hotel rooms filling quickly as evacuees flee Hurricane Florence

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Atlanta continued to roll out the welcome mat Wednesday as more Hurricane Florence evacuees headed west.

College student Shaetayndra Faulk has lived in the Myrtle Beach area her whole life.

“I didn’t really take it seriously until Monday,” said Faulk, “and my roommate was like, ‘What are you going to do?’ I was like, ‘Uh, leave? I don’t know – go the opposite direction of wherever it’s coming.’”

CBS46 News caught up with Faulk, her mother and siblings as they arrived at a hotel in College Park. While some of her friends decided to stay and ride out the hurricane, she picked up her family and headed to Atlanta.

Her mother Shawndra said they’ve ridden out storms before. They lost a tree 2 years ago during Hurricane Matthew.

“We couldn’t get out of our road either way we went,” said Shawndra Faulk, “ so I know it’s going to be bad this time.”

Steve and Chris Moxley from Wisconsin were supposed to be golfing in Myrtle Beach Wednesday. Instead, they found themselves in metro Atlanta.

“They gave notice that everybody had to evacuate by noon yesterday,” said Steve Moxley.

“So there went your vacation?” asked CBS46 reporter Rebekka Schramm.

“Yes,” he answered.

As for the Faulks, they found a room, but they might not need it after all. Some family members here in Atlanta offered to let them stay with them until it’s safe to return home.

“We’re safe, but we want everybody else to be safe, too,” said Shaetayndra Faulk.

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