Michigan native braces for Irma - WNEM TV 5

Michigan native braces for Irma

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Michigan native Frank Warren tries to calm his loved ones as he braces for Hurricane Irma.

“A lot of my family members have called me. Some with tears and crying. I can understand that they are very worried about us,” Warren told TV5.

Warren lives in Venice, a city off of Florida’s west coast. He moved there just two-and-a-half years ago to retire.

“We are going to be pretty safe here. My only concern is the storm surge. Right now we are not under a mandatory evacuation.”

Warran said he didn’t leave because he wasn’t expecting he had to. He believes his house is tough enough to withstand the hurricane.

He said he is prepared to wait it out. He has a generator, water bottles, and metal treated windows.

“We are in for the long haul. We are not going to get out. It would actually be foolish now. I would be risking myself.”

Warren said he expects the eye of the storm to arrive near his home on Sunday. He is in positive spirits, hoping Irma will weaken as she approaches.

“We are praying that this hurricane moves very quickly across the top of us and we suffer minimal damage.”

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