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Katrina veterans cast wary eye

Associated Press

SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. – Bobby Kane was forced to abandon his Waveland, Miss., house two weeks ago, but he now faces the decision of whether to evacuate his temporary home here as Tropical Storm Ophelia chugs closer to land.

Kane is one of hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who sought refuge along the Carolina coast and are watching another major weather system threaten their shelter – and their peace of mind.

Kane, 65, and his wife, 58-year-old Judith Burke, have been staying at a home just south of Myrtle Beach for a week.

“I don’t think God would have spared us from Katrina to lose us to Ophelia,” Burke said.

After five days in a shelter in Mississippi, Linnie Morant and her four children came to Wilmington, N.C., to rebuild their lives, only to face another threatening storm.

“No, God, not again,” Morant told the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. “My daughter said, ‘Mommy, is more water going to come?’ “

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