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Former West Virginia Delegate escapes Hurricane Florence

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) - The sound and the fury of Hurricane Florence is approaching the coast of Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

It may be along way from West Virginia, but not for some.

Former House of Delegates member Marc Harman, is now safely back in Charleston, after evacuating the Carolina coast Tuesday night.

"Brutal, in a word brutal," Harman said. "My heart goes out to the people who live down there full time. Especially elderly folks, who may not have any options and I just hope and pray that they'll be okay and safe." 

Harman's ties to his long-time North Carolina vacation home run deep, and he took a recent photo to show what has pulled his family there time and time again.

"Well we've been there 28 years, and our children and grandchildren have all grown up there, so you know it's part of the fabric of our family. And everyone, including the extended family, enjoys there time there," Harman continued. 

The ride back to the Mountain State was not easy, including a four-hour traffic jam on I-77, just north of the West Virginia state line.

"We got thru the tunnels okay, but the traffic from the first toll booth, where there's also some construction, was backed up bumper-to-bumper, inching, sometimes stopped for minutes at a time. It took hours to get through the first toll booth," explained Harman.

Harman is just glad to be back to scenes like this in West Virginia, instead of this in North Carolina.

The Carolina coastline is one of the most popular vacation spots for people form West Virginia.

It's good news when we hear from Mountain State people who've returned home safe, before the storm hits. 


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