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Travelers frantic to get to Florida before stormPosted: Updated:
People headed to the Westchester County Airport Wednesday to board flights to Florida before Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma is barreling through the Caribbean, and Florida could be next in its path.
Bob Emmerling, who was visiting his daughter at SUNY Purchase, cut his trip short to head back to Florida to board up his house.
“Put the shutters up, put things away around the house…I haven't done batteries, I haven't done water,” he says.
Emmerling says he is going to ride out the storm and hopefully fill up on supplies.
Dan Rivers says he lives on the beach in Florida, so he’s been told he has to leave by 12 p.m. Thursday. He says the closest available hotel is 7 ½ hours away.
Sidney Zisser said she is flying back to Florida because her 85-year-old mom is down there and she can't leave her alone.
The airport also saw people who had just left areas at risk. Michael Fredette, a student at University of Miami, says he evacuated from Miami Tuesday afternoon and took a bus to Orlando before a layover in Atlanta.
"University of Miami, where I attend, canceled classes for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and it's now indefinitely. They told us to get out, get to a safe place, so I came home for a little bit," he says.