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College students brace for Hermine

Posted at 7:04 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 19:04:01-04

Sandy Hippler speaks proudly of her son Kenny, a sophomore at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

"His life long dream was to become a Florida gator." Her son is among the thousands of students gearing up for the first game of the college football season this Saturday. Meanwhile, his mother keeps track of the storm.

 "I've been checking it daily, actually hourly to see if there are any updates and also keeping in touch with the kids," said Sandy.

We spoke with her son between classes. "Yeah, everyone is gearing up for Saturday's game as planned, nothing has changed yet, no emails or anything about that or weather."

But almost 150 miles to the north and west, it's a different story. Florida State University canceled most classes for today. Tallahassee is right in the path of Hermine.

 "We are kind of doing our own. We've been through hurricanes here and there and luckily since we are from Florida, we know how to do this kind of stuff," said Student Trey Fitzgerald.

 Student Neil MacPhail says they are stocked up on needed supplies. "I think everyone is just stocking up on food really. Publix on Ocala Road was absolutely insane, like cars lined up for blocks. Lots of water bottles, ramen noodles for sure, that's just your go to food." 

Neil's mother, Donna MacPhail says, "I'm concerned, but not too worried about it. I'm confident that they will be fine."

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