Floridians head north to escape Hurricane Irma

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Thousands of people are continuing to flee Florida, before Hurricane Irma strikes.

Interstates 75 heading north from Florida is packed, and gas stations are running dry.

The parents of WKYT reporter Emilie Arroyo are among those evacuating the state.

For the seasoned hurricane survivors, the decision to board up and leave was hard. Especially since they survived Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

"We have a neighbor who we've had for over 30 years, who hugged me for the first time, and that was very emotional to tell them goodbye," said Christianne Arroyo, who is heading to Lexington from Miami.

"We don't know what we are going to come back to. We know we are going to come back to a mess," said Arroyo.

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