Couple who lost home during Hurricane Sandy now in Hurricane Florence's path


A married couple who lost their home during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 is now grappling with the thought of losing their new house to another monster storm.

Gerry and John Leighton told ABC News that they relocated from New Jersey to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after Sandy wreaked havoc on their beach house six years ago.

Unfortunately, the couple has now found themselves evacuating their new home as Hurricane Florence draws closer and closer to the region.

"It's devastating," Gerry Leighton told the outlet on Wednesday. "I want to sit down and sob but I have to get packing."

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Sadly, the Leightons aren't the only ones facing this devastating scenario.

Pamela Strobel told Newsday that she and her late husband, Leon, accepted a federal buyout for their Sandy-ravaged Long Island home and moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to restart their lives.

Strobel says that listening to this week's impending weather forecasts make her feel like she is reliving the trauma of Sandy all over again.

"I went through a lot, and I'm going through it again," she told the outlet on Wednesday. "It's not leaving me alone."

"I'm prepared for the worst," she added.

Although Hurricane Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 2 on Wednesday, the massive storm, which is bigger than the two states combined, still has the potential to wreak havoc on the region.

Hurricane Sandy, which was downgraded from hurricane to its unofficial 'superstorm' status by the time it caused a majority of its destruction, ranks as the fourth costliest storm in U.S. history, causing $65 billion in damage, according to the National Hurricane Center.

According to the Charleston Post and Courrier, more than 10 million people were under hurricane warnings or watches in the Carolinas and Virginia, while Georgia also declared a state of emergency.