Florida couple escaping Irma ends up having baby while stranded in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A family fled Florida to escape Hurricane Irma and wound up having a life-changing experience in Kentucky.
Erika and Daniel Tobin left their home in Deltona, Florida along with their kids, Nyomi and Daniel, headed to Ohio. They didn't make their destination.
"It started to get louder, louder and louder, and she noticed it, and I played it off because I didn't want to worry her," Daniel said.
Daniel didn't want to worry his wife because she is nine months pregnant.
Their truck broke down in Lexington just as the Tobins pulled in to the parking lot of Saint Joseph East. It turned out to be the perfect place to have car troubles.
"The anxiety sent me into labor," Erika said. "They decided to keep me, and it was baby time."
On Monday afternoon, the Tobins welcomed their daughter Olivia into the world. She was a happy and healthy baby.
Even as the Tobins celebrated their new bundle of joy, worry remained fresh on their minds as the thought of their broken truck lingered. The Tobins say that's when Kentuckians stepped up to help.
"They ran up to help. They didn't step up; they ran up with open arms and open hearts," Daniel said. "The world has become not a very friendly place. That's something I've had a really hard time with. And this? A complete reversal of that."
When people heard about the family's story, they made sure they had everything they needed from food to shelter, and even a place to store their truck until it's fixed.
"You just put your trust in others, and they're so genuine. It was very very comforting," Erika said. Daniel added, "Our hearts are so warmed by this place that we're not even upset."
The Tobins have talked with their neighbors in Florida, and luckily the hurricane did not cause significant damage to their home.