Rochester natives, the Quinns, are battening down the hatches in their Florida home, while their Pittsford family tracks Hurricane Irma with worry.
The anxiety of people down in Florida and their loved ones has been overwhelming for days, and they fear the worst is yet to come: Hurricane Irma climbing the coast of Florida.
John Quinn, who moved to North Port says, “Well, we just got to put the shutters up. They’re all anchored down real good. First time I ever put ‘em up.”
Irma is still bringing in strong winds of more than a hundred miles per hour.
Quinn says that he’ll “take a snow storm over this any day of the week.”
The Quinns, originally from upstate New York, face a nervous wait, as Irma heads towards their home in North Port.
“It just scares me,” says William Quinn. “Because there's a couple of trees that can fall down.”
Samantha Quinn says, “Wires all down. I’m worried about that too getting electrocuted.”
Their family in Fairport is constantly monitoring Irma’s path.
“You’re helpless,” says Melissa Beardsley. “If I was there I don’t know what I’d be doing. But if I was there maybe I could help?”
Christina Johns, who moved to New Port Richey, says “The noise is the worst part. It sounds like a freight train.”
Further up north, Christina Johns moved to New Port Richey from Rochester just ten days ago. Preparing for the hurricane has taken up most of her time.
“We're gonna be putting some furniture mattress over this window behind me,” she says.
As Irma bears down on Florida, worried residents are trying to stay positive, including Johns.
“As far as the house that's a little bit different,” says Johns. “But as far as our safety, I think we're gonna be fine."
“I think it's something scary, too,” says William Quinn. “But I think it we're gonna be alright.”