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Former Preble Co. couple leaving Florida house ahead of Hurricane Irma

Motorists head north of Key Largo, Fla., on US 1, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Keys officials announced a mandatory evacuation Wednesday for visitors, with residents being told to leave the next day. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

OCALA, Florida (WKEF/WRGT) - Janet Werner and her husband moved from Lewisburg, in Preble County to Cape Coral, Florida ten months ago.

They weren't taking any chances by staying in their new home when they saw Hurricane Irma.

"Just the size of the hurricane and the uncertainty of exactly where it's coming in and even if it comes into the east coast, it's 400 miles wide. I'm afraid the whole state of Florida is going to feel it," Werner said.

They decided to stock up on the basics before leaving.

"We went to the grocery store and there is absolutely no food on the shelves. I mean there was no bread, no eggs, no water," Werner said.

Werner said they were able to pick up water the next morning, but it sold out in just a few minutes.

Then it was time to hit the road.

"We got on 75, it was nothing but a crawl. It took us eight hours to get to Ocala, Florida, which is a three-hour drive," Werner said.

Luckily they had plenty of gas for the trip.

"We pulled off at two gas stations before we got to Ocala and they were lined up with, I would say 40 [cars] deep and half of their pumps had bags over them," Werner said.

They're heading to stay with family in Louisiana but now all they can do is watch and wait.

"We're kind of in a panic mode. Like I said it's a brand new home. We put most of our retirement into this home. It's our dream home and I don't know what to expect. I really can't imagine what to expect," Werner said.

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