Irma refugees take shelter in Lincoln
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[September 17, 2017]
- What would you have done? Steve Cina of Flagler Beach, Florida had
a decision to make. Flagler Beach is between St. Augustine and
Daytona Beach on the east coast of Florida, and early in the life of
Hurricane Irma all sorts of predictions of its path were on the news
all the time.
Toward the end of last week the mammoth hurricane was
forecasted to track up the east coast of Florida as a Category 4 or
5 expected to rain and whip destruction.
“I was really stressed out because of the size of the storm, and
when they predicted it would turn and go up the east coast right
over us, I decided to leave,” he said.
Steve and his wife Joanne and their two dogs Murphy and Casey jumped
into their camper on Friday and headed for the safe haven of
Tallahassee on the west side of the state. They breathed a sigh of
relief. Then everything changed.
After reserving the last available space at a Tallahassee camp
ground full of east coast evacuees, the weather gurus then predicted
that Irma would pass over the Florida Keys and go up the west coast
of Florida headed straight for Tallahassee as a Category 4
hurricane. Could this be more unbelievable?
“I have learned that no one knows what a hurricane will do,” said
Steve. “My neighbor headed for South Carolina and ran into endless
lines on the interstate. His trip took much longer than expected,”
Now what to do? They had to leave for a safer area. Going back to
Flagler Beach was out of the question due to the size of the storm
and the bumper to bumper traffic.
“We decided to go on to Montgomery, Alabama on
Sunday, but when we got there, every camping space was sold out. I
was tired of trying to outguess the storm, and the constant change
in the forecast of its track, so we made the only decision that
seemed reasonable,” he said.
The decision was to make a vacation trip out of the
whole crazy experience and visit his daughter Jennifer Kellett who
just happens to live in Lincoln.
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So Steve and Joanne hit the road for Lincoln and
survived the fury of Hurricane Irma safe and sound in the driveway
of their daughter’s home.
Steve Cina has been in contact
with his neighbors in Flagler Beach, and his home and
neighborhood experienced minimal damage and a small amount of
flooding. The rest of Florida is a mess. He is expecting a
package delivery from Jacksonville, Florida by UPS, but has been
told that it will be delayed due to the serious flooding the
city has experienced.
The Brooklyn native says he has been through several hurricanes
and they were never as bad as predicted, but this one was
different. “I believed the predictions this time. I was really
nervous,” he said.
Steve and Joanne were appreciating their safe haven in Lincoln
as it was mere mists of Hurricane Irma that fell over the area
on Wednesday. They plan to wait a few more days and then head
home when the traffic and power issues subside.
Their trip to Lincoln also served another purpose. Steve
purchased the pickup truck that pulls his camper in Lincoln, and
it is now at the local Ford dealer for scheduled maintenance.
They got to visit with Jennifer and fixed their truck.
Steve and Joanne are ready for more adventures on the road, just
not running from a monster storm named Irma.