In what must be an absolutely terrifying situation, there are some South Florida residents who got trapped in the shadow of the storm.
One woman came forward to explain why she has not evacuated her home, even though Hurricane Irma is expected to be catastrophic and devastating to Florida’s east coast.
Islamorada (Florida’s tip) Resident Rose Duma said, “We couldn’t get out,” she continued, “Our flights were cancelled. We’d be stuck in for Lauderdale. It wasn’t worth it.”
Duma continued, “And where can you drive? You can’t drive anywhere. So we’re here.”
The outer rain bands of Hurricane Irma hit Saturday morning as the storm trends west and conditions worsen. Power is out in some areas of the state, and cell service is spotty.
Some people who drove north to escape the storm had to evacuate a second time as the storm changes direction to the west, Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley said, reporting from the ocean side of Key Largo.
Boats were smashed together as the beginning rains hit the coast. The eye of the storm was still hours away as of around 2pm ET
Here is a live cam in Keywest of the hurricane moving in: