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Running Out Of Cots, North Carolina Shelters Strained As Florence Hits

Some 20,000 people had entered shelters by the time the hurricane made landfall. A local official said spirits were high, even though there weren't enough cots for every evacuee.
Evacuees sit outside the temporary shelter at Trask Middle School before Hurricane Florence arrives in Wilmington, N.C. on Thursday. Source: Phyllis B. Dooney for NPR

Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET

In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's governor offered a series of dire warnings.

"Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different," Gov. Roy Cooper said.

As Hurricane Florence made landfall, it appeared many North Carolinians had listened.

As of Friday morning, the state. During Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — North Carolina's last major hurricane — .

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