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Former NY residents staying put down south amid Dorian

September 03, 2019 07:18 PM

Dozens of people with ties to New York are gearing up for Hurricane Dorian. Many have already evacuated, but others are staying put.

Cheryl Snyder is from Feura Bush, but she moved down to Crescent City, Florida about four and a half years ago. Crescent City is about halfway between Jacksonville and Orlando - and it's about 30 miles inland.

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Snyder said she's staying put in Florida. She said at this point there are mandatory evacuations for some locations in her county, but they only apply to people who live in mobile homes or trailers that don't have a foundation.

Snyder said Hurricane Dorian is still about 100 miles south of them, but one band of the storm was making its way over them early Tuesday afternoon.

Snyder said they went west when Irma was approaching last year and the storm followed them across the state. So this time they figured this time they would stay put. Though the storm has weakened she said that all could change very quickly, so they're still preparing their home and getting supplies.

"We're going to compare it to what Hurricane Matthew did three years ago. I think it's going to be kind of the same kind of storm where there is a lot of wind, a lot of rain, we will have limbs down. Hopefully not the big trees that we have here they're very, very dangerous when they come down but right now it's just -- we're having a little bit of a band of rain and some wind," Snyder said.

Meresa Van Vorst-Russell is from Ballston Spa. She has lived in Havelock, North Carolina for about eight years. Havelock is about two hours northeast of Wilmington. Van Vorst-Russell also said she's staying put for the storm because there isn't a mandatory evacuation right now.

She said the weather on Tuesday was gorgeous, but she said planned to use the time to get water and food and to remove lawn furniture and other things on the lawn before the storm hits later this week.

Van Vorst-Russell said similarly to how she expected snowstorms in New York, she's used to hurricanes by now. Of course last year that area was pretty heavily hit by Hurricane Florence.

Van Vorst-Russell said they live in an area that doesn't flood often, but because of how long Florence stayed over the area some of their local parks and roads flooded anyway. She said heavy rain all summer didn't help either.

Van Vorst-Russell said watching footage of Dorian hovering over the Bahamas for a whole day brings back some unpleasant memories of last year's storm.

"I know what they went through is probably 10 times worse than what Florence ended up being. My heart goes out to the people there and I'm praying for them and what not. It can be a lot scarier knowing that that same storm is coming this way and thankfully it's downgraded which can kind of give you a little more peace of mind but at the same time it's like it's still a hurricane. It's still not fun," VanVorst-Russell said.

Van Vorst-Russell said last year the school year was impacted pretty significantly. They were out of school for almost 40 days after Florence.

Though both families said they're planning to stay put right now, they're keeping a close eye on the forecast and Dorian's projected path. VanVorst-Russell said if need be, they have friends up north they can stay with.

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Emily Burkhard

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