Bristol Motor Speedway among several in Tri Cities offering shelter from Florence

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    Tenn. (WCYB) - For the second time in two years, Bristol Motor Speedway is opening its facilities to offer safe places for evacuees of a major hurricane.

    The speedway's camping area was opened Tuesday to those residents moving out of the path of Hurricane Florence.

    A BMS spokesperson said that the spaces, complete with water and sewer hookups, will be offered free of charge. Bristol's sister track Atlanta Motor Speedway is also offering their campgrounds as available shelters. More than 100 guests visited that track during Hurricane Irma last year.

    BMS also opened their campgrounds two years ago to assist those who needed temporary places to camp following the wildfires that hit Gatlinburg and Sevier County.

    Other facilities providing shelter or services during the hurricane:

    • Sunnybrook Church at 104 Corpus Christi Drive in Bristol, Tennessee; sleeping space and shower facilities available; details at (423) 968-3502 or email
    • Mountain Empire Airport in Rural Retreat, Virginia; 5 hangar spaces open for small single engine aircraft or 2 small twin engine and 1 single engine aircraft in our hangars free of charge; Brian Burkett at (276) 685-9314
    • U-Haul in 94 locations in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are offering 30 days of rent-free storage at select facilities, including U-Haul Moving & Storage of E. Asheville, 387 Swannanoa River Road, (828) 298-8551; U-Haul Moving & Storage of S. Asheville, 3161 Sweeten Creek Road, (828) 483-5707; U-Haul Moving & Storage of Boone, 849 NC Hwy. 105 Bypass, (828) 297-1723
    • Remote Area Medical based in Knoxville plans to send convoys of trucks packed with supplies in response to the hurricane. Click here to help donate funds to their cause.

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