Battle Lake native faces off against Hurricane Florence

(Valley News Live) - Adrianna Muller has faced many things in her life. Growing up in Otter Tail County, she's experienced long and freezing winters. While briefly living in California, she faced off against wildfire. Now that she's in North Carolina, Muller's overcoming the distance that's keeping her away from her loved ones.

"I was in Otter Tail County – so that's lakes area, resorts. I grew up there from a child," she says. "All my family is there, so I definitely miss them."

But now - for the first time - she's going up against a hurricane. And not just any hurricane, but Hurricane Florence - which is said to be historic in its devastation.

"We have been saying every day almost for a week that this is an historic storm and that we are worried about 2 things as much as any. One is the ocean surge, which is going to contribute to our inland flooding because it's blocking the rivers from being able to flow out into the ocean, and the rivers spill over the banks... In addition to the significant and historic rainfall that we're about to have," says North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper.

"It being our first hurricane – it's scary. We didn't know how to prepare," Muller says.

Even without prior experience, Muller's mid-west background has given her the skills she needs to survive the storm.

"Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience," Governor Cooper says.

"On Sunday all the way until yesterday morning, the gas stations were full, the lines were backed up. I know my husband tried to get gas and they told him they didn't have anymore," says Muller. "We tried to prepare as much as possible, I got water Sunday night, but even Sunday night we went to the grocery store the shelves were wiped out."

"We took everything important that we had, the papers, we took photo albums. We've got two dogs that we brought and packed them into the truck. But we had to leave our house which we just moved into," she adds. "We tried to prepare the house as much as possible, but we really don't know what we're going to go home to."

But it's not enough to stop Muller's family from worrying and asking for daily check-ins.

"Just through a group message – letting my mom and dad know I'm OK and safe. I know they're awfully worried, but I definitely think we're safe in Raleigh as of right now," she says.

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