HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Some of the Southerners escaping Hurricane Florence have found refuge in makeshift shelters, including campgrounds at three of the nation’s largest motor speedways.

But gas shortages and jammed freeways loomed for evacuees seeking safety from the storm.

In North Carolina, 1 in 10 gas stations in Wilmington and Raleigh-Durham had no gas by midday Wednesday.

At Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, personal belongings were spread across an open field where the first few evacuees arrived Wednesday.

Melody Rawson left her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, arriving at the Georgia speedway with two dogs and a cockatoo, and a couple of coolers holding some sandwich meat.

Bristol Motor Speedway, near the Tennessee-Virginia line, and Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina also opened their campgrounds to evacuees.

Colin and Louilyn Richards and their newborn daughter prepare to leave Norfolk, Va. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast. Colin Richards is a U.S. Navy diver based in Virginia Beach. He’s among the military personnel leaving Virginia and North Carolina ahead of the hurricane. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)
CORRECTS NAME TO LISA, NOT MELODY – Lisa Rawson looks over the possessions she grabbed from her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which are now spread out at a campground at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and her two dogs and a cockatoo Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 in Hampton, Ga. She had a tire blow-out in her minivan before arriving around 3 a.m. Wednesday at the speedway, which has invited hurricane evacuees to stay at its vast campgrounds. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)
Traffic backs up along Oyster Point Road as people attempt to pickup sandbags Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, 2018. The city of Newport News was offering free sandbags to residents at the Public Works Operations Center as Hurricane Florence approaches. Police officers turned away residents because of traffic congestion on Oyster Point Road. (Jonathon Gruenke/The Daily Press via AP)
Phoebe Tesh takes a break from packing to evacuate from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Phoebe Tesh covers her face as she talks about packing to evacuate from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Kevin Carlyle packs to evacuate from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Jason Moore, of Raleigh, N.C., packs to evacuate from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Mary Edsall, 55, left, talks with her father, Korean war veteran Ed Coddington, 83, while waiting in a shelter for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from Coddington’s nearby home in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Korea war veteran, Ed Coddington, 83, second from right, and wife Esther, 78, wait with Markia McCleod, rear, her aunt Ernestine McCleod and daughter Keymoni, 4, in a shelter for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Bobby Suggs, 69, checks his medications while waiting in a shelter for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from his Myrtle Beach home, in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cars line up in the drive thru for one of the few food establishments to remain open in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cars line up in the drive thru for one of the few food establishments to remain open in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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