Former Lapeer residents flee Florida as Irma approaches

Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (WJRT) - With Hurricane Irma less than 48 hours away from it's predicted landfall on Florida, hundreds are preparing to evacuate.

"We are taking lots of food and lots of water," says Keely Turczyn, who spend most of her life in Lapeer until recently moving to Florida. "We're all packing up bags and everything. We're taking flash lights and we're taking important documents."

The Michigan natives, Keely and Meredith along with their roommate Alex, were only able to make a short distance from their home in Ft. Lauderdale.

"I just figured nope, because my gas probably wont get me there and people are getting stranded on the highway going 10 miles and hour so I'm staying put here, just driving a half hour away," says Lapeer native Meredith Chojnacki.

Despite it only being a small amount of gas, it was still hard to find.

"I waiting 2 nights ago for about a half hour," says Chojnacki. "So we just filled up our tank and called it good."

Supplies for their journey are also difficult to come by.

"We went to Publix, Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Home Depot, Office Depot, Whole Foods. Everyone was out of water," says Turczyn.

They eventually had to resort to buying some online.

"This one was like $13 for a 24 pack, but we had to buy it though," says Turczyn.

Although their destination isn't far away, they say they don't know what to expect when hitting the road so they're trying to plan ahead.

"In bags we just have some non-perishable foods," says Turczyn. "We have peanut butter and jelly for PB and J sandwiches, protein bars."

For Keely, Meredith and Alex, they say all they can do now is just weather the storm.