Buffalo natives prepare for Hurricane Matthew in parts of Florida


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some western New York natives are preparing for the worst in south Florida.

“I spent three or four hours this morning with a tool saw cutting tree limbs off around my utility lines and at this point all we can do is just stock up on some supplies for the next couple of days,” said Vic Baker, Buffalo native living in

Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit Florida and the Carolina’s. Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina are in a state of emergency and millions of people are warned to get ready to evacuate.

“We have eight animals in the house, four cats and four dogs, so evacuations are not terribly convenient. Obviously I’m from Buffalo, I’ve endured some pretty nasty blizzards up there and some winds of up to 70 miles an hour, this storm right now I understand has peak winds of 145 miles an hour,” said Baker.

Baker has lived south of Daytona beach for the past three and a half years, he spent his entire life living in the Buffalo area. He says this is the first major hurricane he has had to prepare for.

“I’m a little nervous, but I usually take things as they come and I figure we’ll just deal with whatever comes. We’re not panicking just yet, we’re not sure exactly to what extent this storm will hit us on the Atlantic coast, but we’re ready for it,” said Baker.

Florida Governor Rick Scott says Hurricane Matthew could cause a level of destruction the state has not seen in years.

Baker says he might be use to stocking up on supplies, but he’s not use to disasters possibly ripping through his home.

“I suspect that we will get through this as we’ve gotten through many others. I’m sure we have enough intelligence to figure out how to stay out of dangers way, but if we can’t stay out of dangers way, it’s not really up to us, is it,” said Baker.

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