Former Connecticut residents now living in Florida hunker down as storm hits
Some Floridians with ties to Connecticut say they are hunkering down as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in the Sunshine State.
Many who are from the Northeast say the only thing they can compare this to is Superstorm Sandy.
Hurricane Ian is just a few miles per hour short of being a Category 5 storm as of Wednesday at 7 p.m. Earlier Wednesday, it reached winds of up 155 mph. It would need to sustain 157 mph winds to get to a Category 5 storm.
News 12 spoke with a former Sacred Heart University student, who graduated last year and is now working at Walt Disney World. She is now bracing for the hurricane's next hit in Orlando.
"I got so much water, I got all sorts of drinks, snacks, no perishables, some pizzas, some other little frozen things I already made so I can just eat them later," said Andrea Toth. "One thing I couldn't find is a flashlight. I went everywhere and it's the one thing I couldn't find."
Disney will close its four theme parks for the first time since 1921, due to a major storm.
News 12 Connecticut's Shosh Bedrosian's grandmother, who is 97 years old and originally from New York, lives outside of Tampa and had to be evacuated from her home one day before the storm.
"I was very afraid, and I was crying because I was afraid. How am I going to go through with this? I'm 97, how am I going to be able to do all this?" said Tina Bedrosian.
Gov. Ned Lamont tweeted Wednesday that the state is prepared to provide emergency assistance and support in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.