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Some Stay, Some Go from Topsail Island

By Laura Hunsberger

Wilmington, NC – As waves rise beneath the lofted houses at Topsail Island in North Carolina, officials have issued a voluntary evacuation and cut off the water supply. WHQR's Laura Hunsberger reports that some residents are heading inland while others will wait out the storm at home.

Resident Leigh Anne Snead is welcoming friends to stay the night and has filled her bathtubs with water and stocked coolers with food and ice. She's not leaving unless there's a mandatory evacuation. When she left during Hurricane Fran in 1996, it was a struggle to return home.

"I did not stay during Fran, and I did not own this house during Fran, but I did try to come back on the island with another property owner, and it took forever. How long is forever? It was several hours of waiting on the other side of the bridge."

A few houses down, Brian Griffin and his wife packed the car and left. They don't want their two young children to go through a frightening ordeal.

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