NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches native Amy Camp and her mother Angela Key say it's easy to get hooked into weather coverage of Hurricane Florence as it heads into the direction of Camp's seacoast home.
"I now live in Bluffton, South Carolina, which is the town that you have to go through to get onto the island of Hilton Head," Camp said.
Camp was coming to Nacogdoches anyway for her mother's birthday. Hurricane Florence influenced her to pack up the family dog and head to Texas a bit earlier. She wasn't alone on the almost 975-mile trip.
"There were quite a few South Carolina and North Carolina license plates," Camp said.
Camp's husband, also a Nacogdoches native, stayed behind to secure the couple's home. Amy's brother, his wife, and their baby remain in Charlotte, North Carolina, despite the approaching hurricane.
"I'm constantly telling them why they need to come and why they need to evacuate and what they need right then," Key said.
The Camps were part of a mandatory evacuation ordered by the governor of South Carolina earlier this week, only to be told soon afterwards that they could return to their home. Camp said the uncertainty frustrated some homeowners.
"At the time, the evacuation order was issued the storm was still quite a ways out, and I think because a lot of people had evacuated with Matthew and Irma, you start to think I can handle this," Camp said.
Those who stay are receiving the assistance from Texans now in route to the East Coast. The roles were reversed when Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast.
"It's nice to see people in all different states banding together and helping each other out. I'm not surprised Texans are heading to help," said the woman who helped friends dealing with Harvey.
Camp will ride the storm out in Nacogdoches, but her thoughts and prayers will be directed to the Carolinas.
"You don't know for sure, but you hope for the best, and certainly, I'm glad to be here but worried, worried about my friends and my husband who have stayed back," Camp said.