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Local storm chaser Jeff Gammons in North Carolina to document damage from Florence

Posted at 5:13 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 17:50:22-04

As Hurricane Florence aims at the Carolinas, a local storm chaser is there. Jeff Gammons documents storms to learn more and warn others about storm damage. 

Gammons used FaceTime with WPTV as he began to feel the effects of the storm, just north of Surf City on a barrier island in North Carolina. 

"Gigantic waves, wow incredible," he said.

He's experienced but is always looking to learn more. He records pressure and wind speed. He also mounts GoPro cameras and comes back for them after the storm passes. His goal is to educate the public, especially about the dangers of storm surge. 

"You’re supposed to run from water and hide from wind, and you have water coming in. This is just the beginning," he said as water rushed into the first floor of a home behind him.

Some families who evacuated from North and South Carolina are now in South Florida. It was the threat of flooding that ultimately led many to make that call. 

"We packed up everything in the car and made a run for it yesterday," said Garrett Shaw, who drove in with his family from Wilmington.

They're following meteorologists and storm chasers for the latest.

"Consistently glued the whole ride down here," he said. "Consistently getting updates on our property and where family and friends are as well."

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