As thousands of Floridians evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma, some are deciding to ride out the storm.
44News anchor Chris Cerenelli has family in Florida who say they weighed their options and felt safe enough to stay.
As Irma barrels toward the Florida coast, mandatory evacuations are underway, thousands have left or are on their way out, and even tourists are finding themselves stuck.
But some are riding out the storm in their homes or with other family members.
Joe Kerul and his wife Mary Ann live in a mobile home in Ellenton on the Gulf Coast, but say they plan to take shelter at their son Jim’s well-built home just a mile away.
“We talked definitely about leaving, we got a hold of Jim, sat down and talked about leaving, talked about the pros and cons of trying to get out when you didn’t know for sure what direction this was going to take,” Joe says.
“Let’s say you get out of Florida and get into Georgia…they’re going to get hit too, so it’s like how far north do you go?”
A serious consideration, especially since Irma’s impact could extend all the way to the Tri-State.
Even though the Keruls are staying in Florida, they say they’re confident in their plan.
“We’ve taken all the precautions, we’ve got everything packed and ready to go,” Joe says. “We’ve taken all the most important documents and they’re in a safe place, so we’re ready for it. We felt we would have a pretty good, I’d say 90 to 95 percent chance of being safe.”
And now that they’ve done everything they can do to prepare, the Keruls are trusting their faith to carry them through.
“We prayed to the Lord saying ‘guide us and whatever is Your Will is Your Will'”.