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Florida based Western New Yorkers flee to Buffalo to avoid Hurricane Irma

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Posted at 11:16 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 23:16:25-04

With Florida evacuating areas along the East Coast, many Floridians are heading north to avoid Hurricane Irma. 

Megan Fears was born and raised in West Seneca and moved to Miami. Her apartment is in one of the evacuation zones and was forced to leave. She is not sure when she will be able to return to her apartment. 

"(I have) no plans on going back. I have a one way ticket here and I'm just going to ride it out" Fears said. 

Fears saw the windows of the buildings near her being boarded up to prepare for the high winds Irma can bring. 

"I don't know if we're going back to anything because we're right where the impact point hits."

The scene in South Florida can only be described by those who were there as "chaotic". Food and water is barely able to stay on the shelves at grocery stores as Floridians stock up for the storm, which is supposed to hit this weekend. 

"I went to nine stores to get two cases of water. That was two days ago" Fears said, "Water is basically gone."

One Buffalo Niagara International Airport employee told 7 Eyewitness News that they are expecting cancellations this weekend as Irma gets closer to the coast.