Some Floridians evacuating coastline take shelter in Nashville

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Many people evacuating Florida are choosing to ride out the storm in Nashville.

Some are staying with families while others are choosing to wait out the storm in hotels.

“As soon as they told us we should be evacuating and stuff I went and started packing up my car, anything that’s important to me, I went and we packed up,” Jeannie Lachance told News 2.

Lachance and her brother Chris Goodman didn’t think twice about leaving Miami, Florida.

“We never know what’s going to happen. I think hurricane Andrew scared a lot of us, you know, in one area it might hit and then it may hit somewhere else so I don’t take any more chances. I gotta go,” Lachance explained as she packed up her car outside of a Motel 8 in Nashville.

Before hitting the road with no known destination the two crammed as many clothes, important documents and sentimental memories as they could inside the car, uncertain of what would be left when they returned.

“It’s very nerve racking, uneasy feeling,” said Goodman.

The family spent Wednesday night in Atlanta before making it to Music City Thursday night and now they plan to head back home.

“It’s bypassed us. It’s up around Jacksonville so we are going to head back. If they stop us in Jackson then we will just go and go across to Tampa that’s where my daughter lives so we will stop there, but I’m eager to go back,” said Lachance.

Eager to get home, but still fearful of what lies ahead explained Goodman.

“It’s just the fear of the unknown you know not really knowing what we are going back into, you know, it’s hoping for the best but also expecting the worse.”

Click here to view News 2 coverage of Hurricane Matthew.