North County Natives In Florida Nervously Await IrmaPosted: Updated:
Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida late Saturday and already, most of the state is under a mandatory evacuation.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma winds are expected to reach 150 miles per hour.
We spoke with Jim Goslin, a Watertown native, on Thursday. At the time, he had evacuated his home in Cape Coral and left for St. Mary, Georgia.
Now, that area is also under evacuation so Goslin is making his way to Atlanta.
"We're moving West. It looks like the further north this storm comes, the less dangerous it's gonna be, although only time's gonna tell," he said.
Goslin has a plan in place in case he needs to make another move.
"If we need to evacuate from Atlanta, we will head north and end up somewhere else," he said.
Alexandra Weldon-Scott was born and raised in Watertown, but now lives in Port St. Luce near central Florida. Neighbors helped her board up her home while she relocates to a neighbor's house.
"If we leave, which my daughter wanted to do, there's no telling when we can get back. It could be weeks to a month to get back," she said.
That's because the highways are heavily congested and gas pumps are running low.
For now, Weldon-Scott is hunkering down and staying close by.
"We're gonna be as prepared as we can be. We have the generators, lots of water, batteries, flashlights, food and just gonna see what happens. Hopefully it's not as bad as they say," she said.
Weldon-Scott also says the grocery stores are chaotic. For basic items like water, the shelves are empty within minutes after a new shipment.