LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some Kentuckians who recently migrated south for vacation found themselves right in the path of Hurricane Michael, forcing to them either buckle down and anchor in for the duration of the storm or hightail it out the way.
They say Wednesday proved to be a tough day for those staying along the gulf coast.
“Everything's boarded up. The grocery store here, there's another bar that was all boarded up yesterday. It's pretty deserted,” said Lee County native April Young who is riding out Hurricane Florence in Panama City Beach.
Young has lived in Panama City Beach for a year now, where she works in a hospital emergency room. As Hurricane Michael lashed at the Florida panhandle, Young says she planned to stay home, prepared for just about anything the storm throws at her.
"The bathtubs are full of water. We have bottled water. We've turned the freezers all the way up and we have ice in coolers, non-perishable food. We have camping supplies to cook. We are ready for that part,” Young said.
While she says the raw power of the storm has made her nervous, Young admits that she can’t help being excited by it too.
“I love storms. I'm a weirdo like that, so I have a bit of excitement. I can't help it. I should have been a storm chaser,” Young said.
Dan Eades and his family, from Mercer County, say they planned their week around a vacation getaway in Destin, Florida, but once Hurricane Michael started to gain strength he started taking notice.
"So we started looking actually Sunday night at the weather, and they started talking about Michael is now a hurricane and may intensify, so we paid a little more attention to it,” Eades said.
Hurricane Michael rapidly intensified overnight and volunteer evacuations quickly turned into mandatory evacuations by Monday night. By Tuesday, Eades said he was already seeing the effects of the storm.
"As we walked out and looked out the balcony, the beach was already gone and the water had already starting coming up to the fields there and I said, ‘Ahh, we're outta here,’” Eades said.
So Eades and the rest of his family packed up and hit the road back up north, but he says he did notice a lot of help heading south towards the storm.
"I pray for the people that stayed and all of the workers, and first responders that are going to have to deal with it. But, you know it'll recover and the beach and ocean will be there for us to go back too later on,” said Eades.