Local families with Florida ties watching Irma

TOLEDO, Oh (WTVG) - "We didn't know how bad it was going to get," Karly Jacobs told 13abc.

The Jacobs family is originally from Toledo and just recently moved to Florida. They've never been through a hurricane before and decided to leave nothing to chance, and got far away from Hurricane Irma.

"We stopped in Georgia Wednesday night," her husband Corey said. "Then we saw the track and said, "why don't we just head to up to Toledo?"

But before they packed the car, they tried to prepare as much as possible. They boarded up their Melbourne home and took valuables, like passports and birth certificates, on the road. They have no idea what will be waiting for them when they get back.

"Hopefully tomorrow and Sunday morning we'll know more and decide when we can go home and see what damage it did," Karly said.

"We're here safe," Corey added. "The worst thing that could happen is that we lose our belongings, but those can be replaced."

But there are plenty of others who used to call Toledo home, who are staying put.

"I'm glued to the TV and the computer, just hoping for the best," Kathy Fye, who has two adult children who live in Florida, said.

Both her son and daughter are in the Tampa area. Neither one has plans to evacuate.

"In the beginning it wasn't supposed to go there," Fye said. "Now there aren't any flights or gas and people are just sitting on the expressway. They're better off to stay at their condos."

As any mother would be, Fye is a nervous wreck. She is thankful that they are prepared. Still, she says it brings little comfort as Irma closes in on the coast.

"I don't want it to hit anybody. I just really don't want it to hit my kids," Fye told 13abc. "I haven't slept much. I probably won't sleep at all this weekend."

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall early Sunday morning.