James Sprunt student travels 120 miles roundtrip for school


It’s been three months since Hurricane Florence hit homes across eastern North Carolina and some people are still feeling the effects of the Category 2 storm. 

Jacob Cavenaugh and his family lived in Wallace, N.C., at the time Hurricane Florence hit in September, but just a few days after the storm they had to relocate. 

They are currently living in Topsail Beach after their two-story home was submerged in water. 

“It’s different but I’ve adapted very well,” said Cavenaugh. 

Cavenaugh and his parents have also had to adapt to their daily commute to school and work. 

“We had to get up in the ‘weee’ hours of the morning, like 5:15 in the morning,” said Cavenaugh. 

It takes Jacob and his dad, Andy Cavenaugh, a little over an hour to drive to James Sprunt Community College, a total of 120 miles round trip.

“What is supposed to be our downtime, we have to deal with insurance issues, house issues, and other issues,” said Andy.

And this isn’t their first rodeo.

Back in 1999, the family went through a similar situation when Hurricane Floyd hit.

But despite the long hours of driving, Jacob has never missed a class and continues to excel in school.

“Just not focus on the bad things, just focus on the good things,” said Jacob. 

There is no estimated date on when the Cavenaugh’s will move back home, but they’re keeping a positive attitude that it’ll be soon. 

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