Chili couple prepares Florida home for Irma

September 11, 2017 06:46 AM

Imagine for a moment, being here in Rochester, watching the storm, and wondering if your property has been damaged. Sally and John Shannon are retired Gates-Chili school teachers who live in Victor, but spend their winters in their home on Nettles Island, near Port St. Lucie, Florida not too far away from West Palm Beach.

Hurricane Irma is already on track to become one of the priciest storms to hit the United States. The storm made landfall in Florida, flooding streets, blowing trees and knocking out power for millions of people with winds more than 100 miles an hour.

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“You're sitting here watching the news and you really can't prepare. Everything that can be done is done,” Sally Shannon said.

The Shannons say they've installed metal hurricane shutters on all the windows and doors and last year they opted for a metal roof.

“I always try to tell myself not to worry about that which is beyond your control and we really did what was in our control by being as prepared as we could be,” John Shannon said.

Shannon says he's hoping for minimal damage, but either way he's happy he and his wife are safe. The storm took a west turn, putting their home in a better position, but not completely in the clear.

“Since this one is so wide it's going to cover the entire state and no one in that state is going to escape,” Shannon said. “I just hope the people who wanted to make it out did, because unlike other states, Florida only has a couple ways to get out.”

Now the Shannons are waiting and praying.

"I think we're just waiting and waiting so we know what damage we've sustained,” Sally Shannon said. 

We checked back in with the Shannons and it's still too early to know if they have any damage, but we do know some people on the island still had electricity so that's a good sign.


Kaci Jones

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