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Florence poses a new threat for rural, struggling towns

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. — Monster Hurricane Florence is taking aim at parts of the Carolinas were many families struggle to get by, and who may lack the money to flee or recover after the damage is done.

The director of the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina says Florence’s predicted path means trouble for some of the poorest communities in the region. Susan Cutter says she fears there are a lot of people in low-lying, flood-prone areas who aren’t leaving because they had nowhere to go and no resources to get there.

Beaufort (BOW-fort) County along North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound is pressing school system buses into service Wednesday moving residents living in flood-prone areas to higher ground and the local high school that will shelter up to 500 people.