WNYers living in FL describe damage and uncertainty left behind by Hurricane Matthew


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The eastern coastal communities of Florida are in the clear, at least for the time being. Right now, most people in areas away from the coast are dealing with flooding, power outages, and downed trees

Buffalo native Bob Calamita lives in Jacksonville, he said, “Branches are all over the streets, trees are all over the streets, we did drive around the area and we did see some pretty good sized trees snapped.”

Calamita says his neighborhood only had some flooding and downed trees. His home is further inland than the rest of the city, which saw storm surges and high speed winds. Surprisingly, he added that he did not lose power during the day long ordeal. “In my area, no, and about 3 miles down the road a lot of people are without power right now.”

Another Western New York native who recently evacuated hard hit Saint Augustine spoke to News 4 over Facetime.

Amy Pettit said, “Scared is the biggest thing, our lives are the most important thing we’re here the dogs are here we’re safe but we don’t know what we’re going back to, if the house is still standing, whether we’ll have a roof or not.”

Hurricane Matthew could veer into the Atlantic Ocean, then make a U-turn as a weaker system, impacting the Bahamas and Florida again.

Calamita said, “I’m just hoping that we don’t go round 2 next week, that’s kind of my worst nightmare.”

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