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Hotels continue to shelter Hurricane Florence evacuees

Aerial view of farms flooded after the passing of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina, U.S., September 17, 2018. Picture taken September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Rodrigo Gutierrez

By: Keerthi Mohan

HURRICANE FLORENCE is gone, but she left behind floods that have cut off a North Carolina coastal city from the mainland and a death toll of at least 30. For Pratik Bhakta, owner of four hotels in the Asheville, North Carolina area, the good news is his properties were mostly undamaged. His business, on the other hand, did suffer. “We saw a ton of cancellations, people who ordinarily would have booked,” Bhakta said. “They just wanted to avoid the area.” He estimated that he lost about 50 per cent of the business he would ordinarily have done on the days of the…

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