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Seen a Florida Keys resident state that she stayed through most of the severe storms to date. Including Andrew. She is evacuating from the potential of Irma.
I would definitely run away from hurricanes!
I went through. 3 and it was scary as hell.
Irma will probably be reduced to a cat 3 storm by the time she hits, but she's almost twice as large in area as Andrew.
As in many things, IT DEPENDS.
Living in the Keys or in a swampy bay or shoreline area, leaving is a very good idea. Wonder how many Miccosukee or Seminole Indians left the swamp to avoid the storm (some live in the area of inner Ft Lauderdale, some south and west of Lake Okeechobee)?
Andrew had little real effect on the Keys, played Hell with Homestead.
With a hurricane as serious as those that have visited in September, I see no reason not to evacuate to safety. Some who choose to stay behind are being asked to write their Social Security Number on their arm in magic marker to make it easier to identify bodies that are pulled from the wreckage. That alone should convince you to leave.