Bracing for Hurricane Irma: Stories from North Country Natives

Bracing for Hurricane Irma: Stories from North Country Natives

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More north country natives are getting ready as Hurricane Irma is set to close in on Florida. We spoke with two who are preparing to be stuck in the storm.

Toni Plemmons grew up in Belleville and now lives in central Florida. With Hurricane Irma about to barrel her way, she says she's not only facing the storm.. but missing the moment of a lifetime..

Her son and fiancee are getting married next week and because of Irma, she says she won't be there.

"We were looking forward to a relaxing time with our family, a joyous time and I ranted and raved and then I finally said okay," Plemmons said. "It's time to get real about it. It is what it is."

When asked why Plemmons didn't evacuate, she listed of a bunch of reasons.

"We're seeing a lot of traffic, even our back roads are bumper to bumper here," Plemmons said. "No water, no gas, places are running out of food, businesses are closing."

The strengthening storm is forcing much of the state to evacuate, but Chaumont native Steve Drury is also staying put, for now.

"We're waiting to see what happens," said Drury. "It keeps moving west which is a good thing. Most of the people where I live, they're still here. They've never seen anything this bad, nobody has. But everybody's helping everybody out."

While Plemmons and Drury say they will stick out the storm, they also added they do have an evacuation plan if absolutely necessary.

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