Florida evacuees left homeless after storm


ORANGEBURG, SC (WACH) -- The worry continues for Federico Taurino and his wife, Nykole. High winds and rising water has the family from central Florida living out of an RV in Orangeburg. "We've seen several [hurricanes] but this has got to be one of the worst ones we've ever seen," Federico said. "We hear everything is devastated, we're looking at pictures from the [Florida] Keys and things are just scattered over the road." Tropical storm Irma brought those devastations to South Carolina, as power lines, debris and swaying trees knocked out power to more than 1,000 people in Orangeburg alone.

Tom Murdaugh, Assistant Fire Chief for Rowesville Fire Department warned people to stay off the roads. "Stay hunker down in your homes,” Murdaugh said. “And don't go out site seeing and try to get out in the storm, it’s dangerous enough as it is." That danger caused damage to both roadways and property. Murdaugh said the department had one call of a tree blocking a road and one structure fire.

As Murdaugh prepares for cleanup, the Taurino family prepares for their departure. Thankful to be alive, but knowing they'll have to start over. "Not much really to go back to,” Nykole said.”But when we get back down there I guess it will hit us."

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