LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — All eyes are on Hurricane Florence as she makes her way inland. In Logan County, a North Carolina woman and her family are paying very close attention to the storm, as some of their loved ones stayed back to help.
Jackie Sydes and her family are making the best of their situation after the governor of her state ordered a mandatory evacuation for the area surrounding her home.
"My happy place is coming home to Logan, but then, The Weather Channel has been on 24/7,” Sydes said. “It's very scary. It's not a normal storm that we're used to."
Her heart is in two places: in West Virginia and back in North Carolina, where she has lived for many years. Her husband, father, and sons remain there as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast.
"My dad is actually a volunteer firefighter back home, so that's why he stayed, so he could be one of the ones to go out and respond,” Sydes said.
While this isn't the first time a hurricane has forced the family out of state, each time is more nerve wracking than the last.
"Hurricane Floyd - he was strong and powerful and devastated the state,” Sydes said.
She’s grateful for the discounted rates at our state parks,which helps to alleviate the financial burden her family is facing.
“While they're here, we want to make them feel as at home as possible because they have that worry at home -- not knowing what's going on, not knowing what they're going back to,” said Deidre Pack of Chief Logan Lodge.
"With [Hurricane] Floyd, we were out for weeks. It could be the same thing now. You can replace all of those worldly possessions, but you can't replace your life,” Sydes said.