Evacuated By Florence, Fomer Long Islander Returns To Have Baby


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Hurricane Florence forced one former Long Islander to evacuate while 38 weeks pregnant.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the mother ended up having the baby at a hospital in Rockville Centre.

On Sept. 12, Jennifer Williams, with her husband and three children and her medical records, were evacuated from their home in North Carolina.

Her doctor said it would be too dangerous to stay because of the hurricane.

"They handed me my records and said: 'Get out of here because you can't be here when the storm hits. If you don't, you could be flooded in and then go into labor and not be able to get to a hospital.' A lot of our hospitals are closed there," Williams said.

Leilah Faith
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She came back to Long Island where she used to live and where her family still lives. On Sept. 20, she delivered a baby girl named Leilah Faith at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.

"She will definitely have one story to tell,” Williams said. “That's for sure."

This weekend, the Williams family will head back to North Carolina.

Jennifer Williams And Family
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"We have a good amount of exterior damage,” Williams said. “The interior, thank God, is not too bad. We have a little bit."