Two evacuation zones were made in Cape Coral, Florida, ahead of Hurricane Irma. While some residents of the city decided to play it safe and leave, others decided to ride the storm, now at a Category 3, out in the comforts of their homes.
“Irma’s eyewall passed through Fort Myers and Cape Coral just before 7 p.m., producing wind gusts of 88 and 101 mph and then passed on the west side of Port Charlotte between 8 and 9 p.m.,” The Washington Post reported.
Read on for video footage, photos and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Cape Coral.
Heavy spoke with Marco Island resident Janean Fabin, who took refuge at a friend’s home in Cape Coral. She stated:
We’re shuttered up and have a generator so feel a bit safer here. We did consider evacuating but where would we go? The storm is the size of the state of Florida! The traffic was bumper to bumper and gas was impossible to find. I couldn’t imagine getting stuck somewhere on the interstate. Who knows how long it could take to get back down here too after the storm? Just hoping I still have a home to go back to Monday.
Fabin, a 30-year-old Florida native, was taking no chances with the storm, and plans on staying as safe as possible overnight. “Got my mommy her life jacket and S.O.S. flashlight! Unfortunately this is very serious,” she said. “We’re all sleeping with life jackets tonight!”
“I’ve lived here almost all my life, and that storm is nothing to joke about,” Jill Henderson told Fox 4 Now. The woman is staying with family at the Island Cove shelter along with fellow evacuees, the station reported. “We were there last night and it was really good accommodations, as far as…I felt really safe.”
See more photos and video coverage, including the aftermath of Cape Coral in Irma’s path below:
“6:45pm in #capecoral #swfl #HurricaneIrma the roads are now rivers,” @deciymberjade announced:
People in Cape Coral should remain vigilant of their surroundings if planning to leave:
See the aftermath of Irma’s wrath in Cape Coral below:
Hurricane Irma first made landfall in Cudjoe Key, Florida at about 9:10 a.m. and left over 2 million people without power.
News of the first landfall was announced by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), which wrote, “Hurricane #Irma makes landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys.”