Florida resident, and meteorologist’s sister, talks about how she’s preparing for Hurricane Ian
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The uncertainty, and anxiety continues to build for people living in Central Florida as the strong hurricane heads towards land. News10NBC talked to one person with ties to Rochester about the concerns she has as she prepares for the storm.
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If you’ve ever been through a hurricane before you already know that feeling of how long is it going to take before it ends, and what sort of destruction will it leave behind.
“I have the water. I have the food. I have the candles, the lanterns,” said Barbara Johnson.
Like hundreds of thousands other Floridians, Johnson is prepared for Hurricane Ian as it heads towards her home in New Port Richey, Florida. Johnson is no stranger when it comes to major weather events, her brother happens to be WHEC-TV Meteorologist Glenn Johnson. He’s been giving her brotherly advice to help her get through the storm.
“I’m charging up everything right now. Glenn did send me a quick dam to try to keep the water out. So I will try that,” said Johnson.
She’s has been through a few hurricanes in the past. Her major concern is flooding in her area. Although she lives in an evacuation zone, Johnson says she will ride the storm out.
“Yeah, I am planning on staying. I did check with a few neighbors, and some are leaving, and some are staying. I opted to stay, and hopefully it’s the right call,” said Johnson.
She did evacuate once for a prior hurricane. She, and her mother sought shelter at a local school.
“Everybody was very nice, but the living conditions were not easy. You were there for two nights. You had to get there early. I really didn’t want to go back there,” said Johnson.
If worse comes to worse, and she must leave her home, Johnson says she her mother’s home is close by.
“If it changes course, and comes in my direction, I can always jump in a car, and race over there. It’s 15 minutes from my house,” said Johnson.
As the calm before the storm extends for the next few hours Johnson remains optimistic.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’m having many people putting me in their prayers. It should be fine. I’m thinking positive,” said Johnson.