Hurricane Ian aftermath: Chicago area natives ride out monster storm in Florida

Hurricane Ian aftermath: Chicago area natives ride out monster storm in Florida

CHICAGO (TOC) — A number of Chicago-area natives who now stay in Florida selected to trip out Hurricane Ian, which has devastated Southwest Florida.

Pastor Jason McElwee simply moved to Fort Myers from Naperville earlier this 12 months, and now has his first Class 4 hurricane below his belt.

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“My religion is every little thing and I knew the great Lord would shield us and I felt assured we might make it by,” he stated.

McElwee is counting his blessings after surviving the hurricane with solely minor injury to his dwelling.

“We made certain we obtained the entire crucial provides, water, batteries, sandbags – we did not know with the water or the wind. Then we boarded up the home and made certain we had perishables and issues like that,” he stated.

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Beck and Buck Baumert of Yorkville rode out the storm north of Fort Myers in Bradenton. They had been additionally spared important injury.

“We had a sigh of huge aid and thankfulness that we had been spared.” BUTTED 1:26 “It seems like a twister went by it. Plenty of timber down. It seems fairly abandoned. Shops are usually not open, grocery shops are usually not open,” they stated.

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The Baumerts have traveled to Florida for years however have by no means been by a storm like Ian.

“What it sounded wish to me was a nasty Chicago blizzard storm. The wind was whistling by the home,” the Baumerts stated.

As a pastor, McElwee stated his focus is now on serving to others. His church will function a staging space for Convoy of Hope, a nonprofit catastrophe aid company.

McElwee stated Convoy of Hope will start serving to Floridians reeling from the storm Friday.

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