Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 4:50 PMUpdated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 4:47 PM
Their belief accommodate a glimpse into the all-encompassing ability of Irma's wrath:
A STRUGGLE TO START THE DAY
Jen Gilreath and Cameron Brainard didn't appetite to get out of bed Tuesday morning. They approved to accumulate their eyes bankrupt as continued as they could, and abstain against the anarchy larboard abaft by floodwaters that rushed into their busy abode in the San Marco adjacency of Jacksonville.
"We didn't appetite to deathwatch up and anticipate about it this morning," Brainard said. "It's too much."
They absitively to get up at 9:30 a.m. and alpha analysis the wreckage: They absent aggregate on the aboriginal attic — furniture, aliment and a 100-year-old leather-bound Bible from Gilreath's great-grandmother.
"It's devastating, everything's gone," said Gilreath, a 33-year-old bartender.
The baptize that caked in college than their knees boring drained out, and their accommodation now smells like carrion and mildew. The flood captivated their Ford Explorer, their alone alive car, which no best will start. They accept two cats, a adolescent son, a acquaintance and a pit bull.
"We accept no abode to go," Brainard, 34, said.
ESCAPING A SAILBOAT
David and Andrea Jewell planned to ride out Hurricane Irma in the baiter they alive in, docked at a berth in Jacksonville. They accepted the storm would abate out by the time it fabricated it all the way arctic to Jacksonville.
But about 3 a.m. Monday, the baiter started advertisement badly. David ran to the accouter and saw baptize cloudburst over the dock. He affective his cellphone, his wife's attack medication, and his 13-year-old calico cat called Tiffany. They fled their baiter with alone the clothes on their backs. David was cutting bathe trunks and a T-shirt; he didn't alike accept on shoes.
He was at a burghal accommodation in Jacksonville on Tuesday with dozens of others who fled their homes. They accept no abstraction if their baiter — and aggregate the own central it — survived the storm.
"It's my home," he said. "If it's gone, again we've aloof absent everything. I aloof don't alike apperceive how to anticipate about that. There is no abode to go, no place."
DON'T LAUGH AT THAT
Laura Keeney, of Key West, had her pet bird with her in a auberge antechamber in Miami.
"He has been authoritative so abundant babble in the room," said Keeney, who works as a babysitter at the Hyatt in Key West.
She said that her accommodation administrator told her that her assemblage had flooded, but she didn't apperceive the admeasurement of the damage.
"They told me 'there is absolutely baptize in the bench apartment,' which is me," she said.
Her pet bird, a dejected macaw called Odie, chuckled.
"He is bedlam at the best contrary moments," she said.
HOWLING WINDS AND FLOODED HOUSES
Donne Spielman and her brother Jeff Storey listened to Hurricane Irma's wind bark and the shutters ballyhoo and watched as the baptize was sucked out from Florida Bay for about a mile. They afraid whether its acknowledgment ability burst into their Key Largo house, which is 11 anxiety aloft sea level.
Across U.S. 1, against the Atlantic, the storm billow abounding homes. But they were lucky.
They've been spending time back charwoman up the downed copse in their driveway. They accept abundant aliment and baptize and are accepting ice from a friend. They apperceive abounding others were abundant worse off.
They put up a assurance alfresco the home: "Family of Five, no power, no generator."
'I'M NOT LEAVING MY BABY'
Paul Johnson and Shonda Brecheen were alive backward Sunday night at a abode they're adjustment in the San Marco adjacency of Jacksonville. Bridges were closing and the wind started alarming so adamantine it was angle trees, so they absitively to break the night on the additional attic of the abandoned house.
The complete of the wind kept them up late.
"My God, she was howling," Brecheen said.
When Johnson woke up Monday and looked out the window, he saw amnion from the St. Johns River and its tributaries that jumped its banks and captivated the streets for blocks about the home. Boats anesthetized by area cars already drove.
Johnson anticipation of his blooming 1994 Ford Ranger that he calls Fiona, afterwards the animation bogey in the Shrek movies, because she's "not the prettiest but she gets the job done." It's the alone affair of any amount he owns, and it was anchored in the carport.
"My truck, my truck, my truck, that's all that I accept in this world," he remembers moaning.
When he fabricated it alfresco to analysis on it, the baptize had accomplished the aperture handles and agitation set in. He hopped central and started it up. He approved to drive it out of the flood — a burning accommodation he now acutely regrets. He fabricated it out of the driveway and about 25 yards afore it sputtered and died with baptize hasty up about to the windows. He and Brecheen pushed it in to a parking lot and he approved to alpha it periodically all day.
"I'm not abrogation my baby," he said.
'THIS IS NOT SAFE'
Aide Valadares arranged up her accouterments Monday afterwards Hurricane Irma ripped the roof off of her accommodation circuitous in Miami.
She said baptize leaked into the top-floor apartments and the beam sagged in her one-bedroom assemblage below.
The walls angled and absurd in the active room, area she had afraid prints of her admired paintings from Colombian painter Fernando Botero, and Spanish artisan Diego de Velazquez.
"You appear home. You see this. It's devastating," she said. "The blaze administration came and said that structurally this is not safe," she said. "It will collapse."
WAITING ON THE BRIDGE
Robert Hickok, a 51-year-old bartering fisherman, spent hours abandoned in his barter on a arch amidst fast-rising amnion as he approved to leave Plantation Island.
He absitively to ride out the storm on the island, area he's lived for about four years, and sat bound through hours of rain and wind and aerial debris. He was adequate back things became calm in the wee hours of Monday morning.
"It got absolute calm, you know," he said in a buzz interview. "The rain let up and it abdicate alarming and I was still on the island and I anticipation it was all over."
But back he looked out the window 30 or 45 account later, the alley was covered with water. As he watched, it began ascent fast. He anon got in his truck, but by the time he'd apprenticed almost a mile to the bridge, it was too late. Everglades City, on the added ancillary of the bridge, was abounding and there was boilerplate to go.
"Thank God the arch was there," he said. "If the arch wasn't there, it'd accept been bad."
He hunkered bottomward in his barter and hoped the baptize wouldn't acceleration any higher. At daybreak, the baptize began to abate and he was able to drive off the island.
He alternate to his home about midday Monday to acquisition it destroyed.
"It's all gone. It's a absolute loss," he said. "The trailer, boat, car, everything."
Associated Press writers Claire Galofaro and Doug Ferguson in Jacksonville, and Freida Frisaro and Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami contributed to this report.___
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