Ohio families having to evacuate path of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence ruined plans for a lot of Ohio families. (WSYX/WTTE)

On Monday, event planner Shayna Sturgis got a Facebook message she had never received before from a bride-in-need.

“She was getting married and of course with the hurricane coming,” said Sturgis, the owner of Columbus-based Beautifully Designed Events, “it wasn't going to happen.”

She said the wedding was supposed to be this weekend in Myrtle Beach.

“My heart sinks for them and definitely I try to jump in to action and see what we can do,” she said.

The good news, they found a venue.

“I just went into action,” said Sturgis, “and tried to find venues for her and she actually found a nice venue and she is taken care of.”

The wedding planner said it is set to take place in Columbus over the weekend.

Hurricane Florence ruined plans for a lot of Ohio families, like one group who had to evacuate their North Carolina beach vacation, now taking refuge in the mountains of Virginia with family.

“As we were leaving, for us it was kind of bittersweet,” said Christina George, “because this island has kind of become our little getaway, and as we were crossing the bridge over to the inland, looking back and taking pictures, it was kind of heartbreaking, because you don't know what is going to be left of it.”

Even ABC6/FOX28’s own Mike McCarthy has been on a rollercoaster ride with his family, vacationing in Hilton Head.

He said they got a call to evacuate, did that, and then got another call that they could go back to their rental.

“I think you get a sense of what everyone is going through,” he said, “because you really are watching for the updates, you are looking at the news conferences as they happen.”

He told ABC6/FOX28 over the phone while driving back to the beach that the family has been following updates closely.

“I don't want to make light of the fact that we are going back on vacation at a time when there are so many people having their lives disrupted,” said McCarthy, “and we just hope that everyone who has evacuated has somewhere safe to go and that the storm has a minimal impact as possible.”

McCarthy said they plan to keep a very close eye on the weather, and are ready to evacuate again if they need to.

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