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For moms-to-be in Hurricane Florences path, keeping calm in the storm carries new meaning
As Hurricane Florence slams the Carolinas, some expectant mothers are preparing to give birth in uncertain circumstances.

“Theres so many variables at play that I cant even control,” Kate, who declined to give her last name, told “Good Morning America” today. “As uncertain as a pregnancy is, when you pair it with a hurricane, its exponentially uncertain. Theres too many things to stress about, but theres nothing you can really do.”

Good evening, gang. Hurricane Florence continues to slowly approach the North Carolina coast and will absolutely pound North Carolina and South Carolina over the next few days. Once inland, it will finally begin to pick up speed by Saturday and will roll our way. This may very well still be a tropical depression as it crosses the border into the bluegrass state.

The mother of two plans to give birth at Mount Pleasant Hospital in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where there are strong wind gusts but little rain, she said. She and her family have boarded up their Charleston home and are staying with family two miles from the hospital.

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“[The storm] is supposed to be the worst on my due date,” Kate added. “Were hoping for the best and trusting in God that it will all work out.”

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She said her doctor told her Monday that she is two centimeters dilated, which means her body is preparing to give birth but is “nothing catastrophic.”

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“I did have some contractions last night which was a little unsettling,” she said, adding that the babys sex will be a surprise. “My family is all here and so supportive. My two brothers are here with massive pickup trucks and they have ensured me that they will get me to the hospital.”

“This is our only home. We have two boats and all our worldly possessions,” said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family’s pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband. “We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically. We chose to hunker down.”

Like Kate, new parents Conner Faulk and Amber Simmons of Supply, North Carolina, also remained calm even when Salmon went into into early labor just as the storm hit their area Thursday night.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was centered about 25 miles (35 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 mph (9 kph). Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

Faulk and Simmons proudly welcomed a son, Carson River, at 8:17 p.m. Thursday at a hospital in Bolivia, North Carolina.

A wind gust of 105 mph occurred at the Wilmington Airport, a 98 mph gust was reported in Kirkland and a 95 mph gust was recorded at the weather station at Federal Point, said the NHC. At 11 a.m., gusts of 75 mph range were still being reported in those areas, said the NHC.

“We were pretty nervous,” Faulk told “GMA” on Friday morning. “Everybody kept telling us it was going to happen during the storm and we didnt want it to, but it did. Were glad we are in a safe place and everythings OK. They are looking out for us really well here.”

I see a biblical proportion flood event thats going to occur, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous told ABC News. I see the beach communities being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature.

Simmons is one of two women to give birth at the Bolivia hospital, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, since the storm hit, said Shelbourn Stevens, president and chief operating officer of the medical center.

Meanwhile, storm surge, rising rivers and heavy rain have lead to reports of widespread flooding along the coast, including a 10-foot rise in North Carolinas Neuse River, which has endangered at least 150 people stranded in New Bern.

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“We sent out messages via social media [informing] women who are 37 weeks or higher that its best to seek shelter inland to be safe,” Stevens told “GMA.” “We are also going to be here” in case they need us.

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Pregnant women and newborns are “disproportionately affected” by natural disasters like Florence, said Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief health and medical correspondent.

The downtown area of New Bern, a city of 30,000, was underwater and around 150 people were waiting to be rescued, authorities said on Twitter.

“Obviously there are pregnant women in the area who may have been scheduled to have an elective C-section or elective induction, they are going into labor spontaneously. Those things dont stop when we have these kind of natural disasters,” Ashton said. “Ideally, theyve been in communication with their midwife or obstetrician days in advance.”

The 62 guests were rescused from The Triangle Motor Inn in Jacksonville which had been structurally damaged.

Ashton noted that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers a disaster preparedness plan for women on its website.

“They have gone so far as to recommend emergency home-birth kits for pregnant women, which is a scary thing,” Ashton said. “If that babys coming, that babys coming.”

Florence’s center may linger for another whole day along coastal North and South Carolina — punishing homes with crushing winds and floods and endangering those who’ve stayed behind. In the besieged North Carolina town of New Bern, rescuers plucked more than 100 people from rising waters, but about 150 more had to wait when conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10 feet.

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