Those experienced with past hurricanes in SWFL urge preparedness

Reporter: Taylor Smith Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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FILE Photo of weather conditions Hurricane Irma in 2017. Credit: WINK News.

While Eta is not forecast to increase in strength to more than a tropical storm, a man who survived Hurricane Irma said it’s still important to prepare.

Henry Hill rode out Irma at his Marco Island home in 2017, and we spoke to him several times while the storm made landfall. Hill says everyone should prepare for Eta.

“It’s dead-still in the eye, and then all the sudden, it went up to 125,” Hill said. “That it would have blown you right out of the street.”

Henry and Sandra Hill have lived on Marco Island for more than 20 years.

“Wilma and Irma brought water right up top to the seawalls,” Hill said.

They remember these big storms all too well. The Hills say one of the biggest issues, especially on Marco, is flooding.

“We might start picking things up on the lower shelves and putting them up,” Hill said. “Get your car and go somewhere up on a hill and walk back, and at least when the water goes down, you’ll still have a car.”

In case of power outages, don’t forget to prepare with extra water and battery-operated lights or generators.

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