UPDATE: ENC natives back in US after stuck in Paris


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Two Kill Devil Hills residents are back on American soil after stranded in Paris following deadly attacks Friday. Kati Wilkins and Johanna Munnelly report they are back in the United States, on their way home.

The pair was arrived in Paris Wednesday after winning a trip to the City of Light. Friday night, Wilkins and Munnelly learned of the ISIS attacks while at a theater and quickly returned to where they were staying. With the help of a NC Senator, they both have made it back home safely.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It was a trip of a lifetime for two moms from Eastern North Carolina, until Friday night.

“We heard sirens and commotion and we turned our phones on and we were getting messages from friends and family back home asking if we were okay. They are the ones that told us what was going on,” Kati Wilkins said.

Kati Wilkins and Johanna Munnelly were at a theater when they got word of the terrorist attacks just down the street.

“We figured out what was going on pretty fast from people telling us, our friends were text messaging us and Jo was a little bit calmer, and I was a little bit more panicked. I was ready to leave. I was ready to come back to our place and hide here,” Wilkins said.

She says the streets were bare.

“There was hardly anyone on the streets, cars even. When we got here the roads were packed, honking horns everywhere, people riding bicycles. Last night there was no one of that over here,” explained Wilkins.

With the help of a North Carolina Senator, Wilkins and Munnelly are working to get home.

“We were told to stay low, low profile. Do not go anywhere, so we are staying put until we know we can get safely to the airport and get a flight home,” Wilkins said.

The North Carolina natives say the Parisians have shown them nothing but hospitality and they hope the city of light soon shines bright again.

“The Parisians here are absolutely wonderful and they have been very welcoming and very friendly. It wouldn’t be fair to say I’m never coming back to Paris because of this one experience,” explained Munnelly.

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