North Country Natives Describe Living Through Hurricane IrmaPosted: Updated:
Pam Canale, who's from Watertown, has lived in Florida for 30 years and has been through many hurricanes before, but none like Irma.
"This was the worst one I've ever seen here," she said.
Irma barreled up the west coast Sunday night, then turned east away from Canale's home in Largo, Florida.
She left her home that was in an evacuation zone and waited out the storm at a friend's house in another part of town.
"We got to 115 - 120 mile per hour winds. This is a really solid cinder block house and it was scary. We all sat around in the same room, we tried to keep each other calm and nobody slept for a good 12 hours until it was past us," she said.
Pictures of the aftermath in Largo show collapsed trees, flooded streets and damaged homes.
On the east coast, it was a day of cleaning up and assessing the damage for Dara and Kevin Oliver from Sackets Harbor. They decided to stay put at their home in Melbourne Beach, Florida through the storm and a mandatory evacuation order.
The Olivers missed the eye of the hurricane.
"I never that it was that scary. I was never in that panicked scared mode. Even with water coming in my bedroom last night, I felt very safe. I slept for probably 4 hours, so I guess that I'm one of the lucky ones," said Dara.
Both Canale and the Olivers lost power where they were, but they have generators to help get them through.