KEY WEST, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 9, 2017) (LOGAN BULLINS VIA INSTAGRAM) – Social media video posted on Instagram showed the early storm surge in Florida’s Key West as Hurricane Irma headed towards Florida on Saturday (September 9).
Another video posted by the same user showed a large tree that had been downed in the storm’s strong winds.
“It sounds crazy outside,” the user, Logan Bullins, told Reuters. “Winds are howling. It sounds like a freight train,” he said.
Irma’s northern edge crashed into the Florida Keys on Sunday (September 10), bringing a double barrel threat of destructive winds and life-threatening storm surges that sparked one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.
Bullins told Reuters he and his family chose not to evacuate because they felt safe in their 3-story building and because of advice from neighbors who had survived Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
“They told us about how bad traffic was and that they stayed in Wilma and it took everyone else days, weeks to get back onto the island,” Bullins said.