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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A military couple stationed in North Carolina who evacuated for Hurricane Florence welcomed healthy twin girls at Naval Hospital Jacksonville Thursday.
Danielle Digregorio was set to be induced Sept. 18. She and her husband, Nicholas Digregorio, made the decision to evacuate Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to be safe.
“I was nervous the entire car ride, praying the entire time. I was like, ‘Please, don’t let me go into labor yet, please don’t let me go into labor yet,’” Danielle said.
The couple traveled 12 hours Tuesday to St. Augustine, where they have family. They said they brought down baby supplies, like diapers and a bassinet, just in case.
Early Thursday morning, Danielle went into labor and eventually had a cesarean section.
“Whenever I heard them, I started crying because I was like really happy that they are here,” Danielle said.
The twins were named Scarlett and Sadie.
While it was an early surprise, the first-time parents said it meant the world to have their family there for the birth.
The Digregorios said they are looking forward to spending time with family before they head home to start a new chapter as a family.