They evacuated from Camp Lejeune a family of two. Now...

Elizabeth Howe
September 14, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Photo courtesy of NH Jacksonville Public Affairs


When Marine Cpl. Nicholas Digregorio and his wife Danielle evacuated from Camp Lejeune Tuesday afternoon they were a family of two. When they return to Camp Lejeune, after Tropical Storm Florence passes, they will be a family of four. The evacuated couple went into labor mere hours after reaching their evacuation destination. 

The Digregorio's were nervous to leave North Carolina, and the controversial evacuation status of Camp Lejeune and other nearby Marine Corps installations didn't make the situation any less nerve-wracking. 

"We were pretty nervous to leave North Carolina while expecting twins, but our doctor and our family felt like it was the right thing to do," said Digregorio. 

The couple's drive to their hometown in St. Augustine, Florida should have taken seven hours. Precautionary measures put in place for the storm plus the evacuation traffic turned that seven hour drive into twelve. 37-week pregnant Danielle went into labor early Thursday morning, alarmingly soon after the couple arrived in Florida. 

"We had our twin girls, Sadie and Scarlett, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday," said Digregorio. "The nurses and doctors at Naval Hospital Jacksonville have been awesome, and everything worked out perfectly with the care here. Our little hurricane babies are safe." 

The Digregorio family are just two — now four — of the 1.7 million who have evacuated from Tropical Storm Florence's path this week. As the storm slowly travels inland, please remember to stay updated and stay safe.