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Florida family waits out Hurricane Irma in Abilene

ABILENE, Texas - Six million people in Florida were without power and water Monday and emergency crews in Boca Raton were scouting damage left behind by Hurricane Irma, but one family traveled all the way from the southeast to Abilene to wait out the storm.

The Etter family evacuated once they learned Irma was projected to be a category 5 storm. This isn’t the first storm the Etter family has endured; they lived through Hurricane Wilma back in 2005.

"We lost power, it was surreal, we had just moved to Boca from Abilene," said Cheryl Etter.

Eric and Cheryl met in Abilene while they both attended college. The family considers Abilene to be their second home. They are waiting out the storm at Candlewood Suites in Abilene, visiting family, friends and their local church.

Their son, Ethan, is eager to get home and play with his games. He is also set to appear in the NYC Buddy Walk Times Square video this year.

The family sat in the hotel lobby Monday watching videos sent to them by their neighbor of floods rising around their home. They said they are confident everything will be fine. Their home was not in direct path of Irma, just close to the shore.

Uncertain of what they’ll return home to, they said they keep their friends and family in their prayers.


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