The holiday weekend is here, but many Floridians won't be hitting the beaches. Instead many folks are part of the largest evacuation effort in Florida's history. How are evacuees dealing with the large amount of traffic on all roads leading north?
With a maximum speed limit of about 15 miles per hour and brake lights for as far as the eye can see on northbound I-75, many evacuees say they are beyond frustrated.
Linda Weinstein, a Jacksonville, FL evacuee, says, "I stopped at a rest stop near Lake City and they said they didn't know what the traffic was like other than it was a parking lot."
Traveling with little ones can make the long trip seem longer.
Bob Dondoyano, a Tampa, FL evacuee, adds, "It's very frustrating. He kept complaining ‘when are we going to be at grandmas and grandpas?’ and we said it's going to be a long time from now because of the traffic."
One family was so tired of sitting in traffic that they took a much needed break. Many evacuees have found some creative ways to endure the tedious trip north.
Alexis Amabor, a Puerto Rico evacuee, says, "We've been making jokes, taking turns at the wheel and sleeping, basically. What else can we do?"
Even though evacuees are anxious to reach safety, many are not so anxious to see what Frances leaves behind.
Joanna Perez, another evacuee from Deland, FL, says, "I'm scared because maybe our house will be destroyed because of the hurricane."
There is some good news for these motorists, however. Transportation officials say traffic opens up around exit 22 on I-75 and motorists can expect smooth travels from there.
Officials in Lowndes County say Spence Field in Moultrie, GA is open to any evacuee who needs a break from traveling and a place for RVs to camp out.
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