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Hurricane evacuees flee to Palm Beach County ahead of Hurricane Ian

Rooms fill up as residents drive across the state
Hurricane evacuee in Royal Palm Beach, Sept. 27, 2022
Posted at 4:58 PM, Sep 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-27 18:26:11-04

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — Many residents from the west coast of Florida, who are in the path of Hurricane Ian, are not taking chances and are headed east to South Florida or the Treasure Coast.

One man said it took him six hours to travel from the west coast of Florida to the Pioneer Inn in Royal Palm Beach, located along Southern Boulevard.

Evacuees said they are stressed over thinking about what the hurricane could do to their homes and community.

Others said they live in an evacuation zone, prompting them to pack up their valuables and leave their home.

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Kevin Griffith, Hurricane Ian evacuee from Sarasota, Sept. 27, 2022
Kevin Griffith, a resident of Sarasota, left his home and came to Royal Palm Beach to avoid Hurricane Ian.

"We learned, I think, during Irma that the stress is much better when you’re watching it on TV than when you’re in the house, especially with the kids," Kevin Griffith of Sarasota.

"I've been on the phone all day, people have been calling from the west coast [of Florida]," Sophia Manzanares, an employee at the Pioneer Inn.

"People are definitely leaving the area, and they're just going straight across the state to make sure they're safe," Pamela Kimble of Fort Myers.

Workers at the Pioneer Inn said all of their rooms are now fully booked.

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