Speedways, improvised shelters provide rest storm evacuees

CORRECTS the NAME LISA, NO MELODY – Lisa Rawson overlooks the possessions she took from her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, S. C., which is now distributed on a camping at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and her two dogs, and a cockatoo on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 in Hampton, Ga. They had a tire blow-out in her minivan for arrival around 3 pm Wednesday at the speedway, which has been invited by the hurricane refugees to stay at the big campsites. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)

HAMPTON, Ga. – Some of the southerners escape Hurricane Florence have found refuge in makeshift shelters, including campsites in three of the nation’s largest motor speedways.

But gas shortages and jammed highways loomed for evacuees to find safety from the storm.

In North Carolina, 1 in 10 gas stations in Wilmington and Raleigh-Durham had no gas by the afternoon Wednesday.

In Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, personal belongings were spread over an open field where the first few evacuees arrived Wednesday.

Melody Rawson her first floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, arriving at the Georgia speedway with two dogs and a cockatoo, and a couple of coolers that are a part of sandwich meat.

Bristol Motor Speedway, in the vicinity of the Tennessee-Virginia line, and the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina also opened their campsites to evacuees.

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