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Speedways, makeshift shelters offer rest to storm evacuees

(AP Photo/Jeff Martin). CORRECTS NAME TO LISA, NOT MELODY - Lisa Rawson looks over the possessions she grabbed from her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which are now spread out at a campground at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and her two dog... (AP Photo/Jeff Martin). CORRECTS NAME TO LISA, NOT MELODY - Lisa Rawson looks over the possessions she grabbed from her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which are now spread out at a campground at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and her two dog...
(AP Photo/Chuck Burton). Phoebe Tesh covers her face as she talks about packing to evacuate from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton). Phoebe Tesh covers her face as she talks about packing to evacuate from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.
(AP Photo/David Goldman). Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, S.C., Wednesday,... (AP Photo/David Goldman). Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, S.C., Wednesday,...
(AP Photo/David Goldman). Cars line up in the drive thru for one of the few food establishments to remain open in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. (AP Photo/David Goldman). Cars line up in the drive thru for one of the few food establishments to remain open in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.
(AP Photo/David Goldman). Cars line up in the drive thru for one of the few food establishments to remain open in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. (AP Photo/David Goldman). Cars line up in the drive thru for one of the few food establishments to remain open in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast.

By JEFF MARTIN
Associated Press

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Some of the Southerners escaping Hurricane Florence have found refuge in makeshift shelters, including campgrounds at three of the nation's largest motor speedways.

But gas shortages and jammed freeways loomed for evacuees seeking safety from the storm.

In North Carolina, 1 in 10 gas stations in Wilmington and Raleigh-Durham had no gas by midday Wednesday.

At Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, personal belongings were spread across an open field where the first few evacuees arrived Wednesday.

Melody Rawson left her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, arriving at the Georgia speedway with two dogs and a cockatoo, and a couple of coolers holding some sandwich meat.

Bristol Motor Speedway, near the Tennessee-Virginia line, and Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina also opened their campgrounds to evacuees.

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