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Floridians Flee Coast and Head West

October 6th, 2016 by flanews

Hurricane Matthew has forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians to abandon their homes and seek safety, and as Matt Galka tells us, many are headed to Florida’s capital city.

People swarmed the Busy Bee gas station and rest stop off of Interstate 10 about an hour east of Tallahassee.

Susan Remal and her family were heading west from Flagler County. They’ve been living there for 14 years, but just relocated closer to the beach.

“We just bought this house off the intracoastal, and this is the first storm that this house is going to see because it’s a new house, so we just said ‘let’s go,'” she said.

And some people aren’t evacuating, but they are taking precautions. They’re filling up gas tanks and buying generators.

We ran into Roger Plouffe who was heading back to his family in Yulee, Florida in Nassau County where there were mandatory evacuations.

“I was in South Florida for Andrew when I was a kid, and went through that, and this aint that,” he said.

If evacuees got to Tallahassee without a reservation, they may have been out of luck.

“We’ve been full now for this weekend for quite some time now, since Wednesday mid-day. We’re doing our best to direct people to other hotels,” said Four Points Sheraton GM Bo Schmitz.

County officials said there are no more hotel rooms in Leon and neighboring counties. If someone still needs accommodations, their best bet is to keep heading west.

Visit Florida dedicated a portion of their website to evacuees looking for available hotel rooms across the state, the list and booking information is available at www.visitflorida.com.

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