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Kentucky families cut fall break vacations short to avoid the path of Hurricane Michael
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. - This week means fall break for a lot Kentucky families, but some of those who chose to head south for vacation are turning back to escape the path of Hurricane Michael.
After spending a few days in Destin, Fla., a Lawrenceburg family says they learned they were right in the path of a hurricane, a situation they’ve never faced before.
"We started getting warnings on our phone telling us we needed to evacuate and they were coming about every 15 to 20 minutes,” said Shanda Wells of Lawrenceburg. “We were pretty worried about it. We have never been in this situation before and we were just really listening to the locals and what the locals were telling us to do.”
Originally the Wells family said they planned to wait another day before evacuating, but locals told them that they’d end up getting stuck in Florida if they didn’t leave soon. So they packed up and decided to drive further inland to a relative’s home.
With their vacation cut short, the family says they’ve tried to find another way home, but haven’t had any luck.
"We were trying to get an airplane back home to Lexington and there were no flights in Allegiant out at all,” Wells said.
Once Hurricane Michael ultimately passes and conditions are said to be safe, the family is going to try to make it back out to the beach house, provided it’s not destroyed.