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O'Gorman Grad In Path Of Hurricane Florence In SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Millions of residents in the Carolinas are preparing for Florence as it prepares to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. Sioux Falls-native and O'Gorman graduate Jordan Thie is right in the middle of the storm's path in Columbia, South Carolina. 

As communities along the east coast evacuate in advance of Hurricane Florence, Jordan Thie is in the path of the storm in Columbia. That's 150 miles west of Myrtle Beach. 

"We're really hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. We'll deal with what comes," Thie said. 

Thie works for Communities In Schools Of the Midlands. He says classes are canceled for the week at local schools and the University of South Carolina. 

"We have about a million evacuees coming through here. They just want people off the road. They want people preparing and just taking care of their business before this starts to roll through," Thie said.

While Columbia is more inland, residents are still afraid of what Hurricane Florence might do. 

"I think people are worried. In 2015 we had a pretty major flood event here. People were without water for a couple weeks. A bunch of dams breached. You can kind of feel that in the air right now," Thie said. 

Thie had to make several stops at local grocery stores as he tried to stock up on water this week. He says people are taking extra precautions. 

"Filling their bathtub up with water so they have it and making sure they have cell phone chargers and radios if the cell phone towers get down. People are a little worried but hopeful that it won't be as bad as we're expecting," Thie said. 

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