Escaping the storm: South Carolina man finds refuge with college friend in Eastern Kentucky

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas many people who live there are leaving town to get to safety.

Alex Reis is a college friend of WYMT's Connor James and lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

Reis and his mother decided Wednesday it was smart to leave for a few days. He drove to Hazard to stay with Connor, and his mother went to stay with relatives in Knoxville.

"I have this theory that hurricanes are getting stronger, and I didn't want to be a part of this years experiment with the hurricane on the east coast," said Reis.

Columbia is not supposed to receive strong winds, but they are to receive heavy rain.

"I don't think we were too concerned with the winds, and we knew we were going to lose power for a week or so, and I think there's supposed to be excessive rains, and flooding so it is something we would rather not deal with," Reis said.

In Hazard, he brought with him a handful of items including golf clubs and a football, things he calls his essentials.

"I have a cooler with some food, a backpack with my laptop, football, golf clubs, all the essentials," Reis said with a small smile standing next to his car.

He and his mother expected to lose power for a handful of days playing into their decision to leave. They both hope to be back to their home by the middle of next week.

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