WNY natives in Florida prepare for historic Hurricane Matthew

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (WIVB)- The last hurricane to cause major damage to Florida was Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, is expected to be far worse.

Olean native Michael Materna left his home in Daytona Beach Thursday morning.

“Everybody is really on edge, everybody’s been boarded up. I can’t get gas anywhere,” Materna told News 4 via Skype Thursday.

Materna told us Florida’s state of emergency has caused somewhat of a panic, as residents try to prepare for this historic storm.

“I went to Publix last night around 7:30 and the parking lot was completely full. There’s no bread at all. There’s no water. People were just in and out of Publix just scrambling to get what they need,” he said.

Materna is currently in Port Orange, where he plans to stay unless told to evacuate.

Former News 4 producer Vic Baker lives in New Smyrna Beach, where people spent most of the week boarding up windows and gathering sand bags.

For both Materna and Baker, this is their first hurricane.

Bonzi Saycosie, who is not from Western New York, lives in Miami Beach. Despite living through several tropical storms in the past, he told News 4 something feels different this time around.

“This is as dark as we’ve ever seen since we moved down here,” Saycosie said of Miami’s sky Thursday morning.

He lives on the seventh floor of a building built to sustain hurricane force winds. He said as of Thursday afternoon, he wasn’t planning to leave, but made several trips to the grocery store to stock up on water and canned goods.

“There’s barely no traffic at all, everything is all tied away,” Saycosie said.

Materna told us he’s anxious, but feels prepared.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’m just doing what the emergency contacts on the TV are saying and just following instructions and hope for the best.”

The federal government approved Florida’s request for pre-land fall emergency supplies.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Thursday he’s asking President Obama for additional generators and pumps to help with outages and flooding.

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