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KOA Campgrounds closed in North Carolina

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While North Carolina is expected to get the brunt of Hurricane Florence in the coming days, Montana is also bracing for the storm, in a different way. KOA Campgrounds has closed several of their camps on the east coast because of the storm.

Mike Gast with KOA explained that they have ten campgrounds that will be directly affected by Hurricane Florence. Many of them are also right along the eastern seaboard.

As of Wednesday, KOA officials are watching the hurricane and if it gets worse, other campgrounds near North Carolina could possibly be closed, as well. Campers who were at the ten campgrounds that are now closed have been evacuated.

Mike Gast explained, "It wasn't a full campground. Kids are back in school so it's not our typical prime time. And we are sort of in between the start of the winter season now. I'm sure it was a few hundred folks we had to move off and when you're talking about moving recreational vehicles off, it takes a while. And the outer banks of North Carolina, it's a little bit trickier because there are bridges to handle and you have to get people off and as soon as the government said it was time for evacuation, we were out of there."

Gast also said the company will try to rebook everyone in a different campground when severe weather happens. Last year, KOA's campground in the Florida Keys was lost because of a hurricane. The company is currently working to rebuild that site.

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