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Dorian evacuees making temporary home in Charlotte region

Evacuees have taken up shelter in hotels, Airbnb homes and local universities.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Charlotte region continues to experience an influx of people escaping the path of Hurricane Dorian.

From Rock Hill to uptown Charlotte, hotel rooms are quickly filling up, and front desks are experiencing a spike in phone calls for empty rooms. Some people are turning to Airbnb, the vacation rental app, for a free bedroom.

Jan Snead is one of several hosts in the Charlotte region who volunteered to
open her home to Dorian evacuees for free.

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She's hosting a couple who attends UNC Wilmington.

"They had nowhere to go, and the school was evacuated," Snead said. "I just really like helping people."

Local colleges, including Winthrop University, Clemson University and UNC Charlotte, are housing evacuated students.

Winthrop University set up beds in the student center ballroom for College of Charleston students.

The College of Charleston's women's head soccer coach, Christian Michner, said his team was supposed to play Winthrop's team in a Wednesday night home match, but they decided to have the match in Rock Hill.

"For our group to really be able to focus sort of focus on themselves and being ready to play tonight has been amazing," Michner said. "I couldn't thank them enough for that."

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