Floridians scramble to evacuate as Hurricane Ian strengthens – but some refuse to leave

Interstate 4 runs through both the west and east coast of Florida and is heavily congested on a typical day. But as millions of Floridians are drawn to Hurricane IanI-4 was packed with vehicles of people fleeing the storm.

Glenn Josephic decided late Tuesday that it was time for him, his wife Holly, and their two young children to leave and pack up their home on the water in Tampa.

He told CBS Mornings’ chief national correspondent David Begnoud that he was staying with friends who are located more inland.

“Our biggest concern was growth. We have two young kids, okay. That’s the main reason we’re leaving,” Josefic said.

Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg are among the cities facing the worst storms, but the latest forecasts suggest that Ian could make landfall in the Fort Myers area.

Gil Gonzalez and his neighbors have their Tampa Bay homes clad in plywood. Gonzalez takes care of his aging parents. They have already run to the high place.

“We have sandbags and all kinds of anti-flooding equipment,” Gonzalez said.

about 2.5 million people were less compulsory clearance order, Hurricane Ian suspended all operations at Tampa International Airport, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport on Tuesday. Orlando International Airport will be closed on Wednesday due to the storm.

With flights canceled, many people have left for Florida’s east coast by car. Hotels in West Palm Beach, Florida have seen an increase in capacity.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy Amanda Calderon said that even though the county is subject to mandatory evacuations, there are people who have refused to leave. She said time is running out for those who may not be able to get emergency response services if storm conditions worsen.

“If it becomes a threat to us, they don’t want to risk hurting us there,” Calderon said.

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