SPOKANE, Wash. - As Irma ripped through the Caribbean, Kaitlin Nystrom was evacuating from Boca Raton to Melbourne Florida.
Nystrom grew up in Spokane, has family here and graduated from WSU last year.
"Its intimidating and scary," she said. "You just want to prepare for the worst and hope that doesn't happen."
She says she spent hours stocking up on non-perishable food and water, when she could find a store that hadn't already sold out. She said not only was everyone preparing to make it through the brunt of the storm, but also the weeks following when communities would have to pick up the pieces of what remains after the storm hits.
"Its definitely hard to think about all the people that I know from Boca and down in Miami that have a lot at stake," she said.
She said she had a hard time finding gas, as many people were waiting in line for it and stations were running out.
"It took me a few different trips of driving all over town," she said. "I finally stumbled into one that had enough gas. They ran out as I was paying."
She describes Friday as the calm before the storm.
"Its starting to get dark and dreery, the clouds are definitely starting to settle in," she said.
Florida is waiting to see just what happens when Irma strikes.
"We are hoping for the best, praying for the best," she said. "That's all we can do."
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