Florida folks with Schenectady ties survive Irma's fury – New York News

Lawrence Redmond waited for Hurricane Irma on Sunday.


Then, later in the day, Redmond waited out the wind and water from the massive tropical weather system.

“We went to a hurricane party,” Redmond said, of his afternoon visit to a friend’s place on Bronkie Bay on the Indian River in Melbourne, Florida. “It was still five hours off.”

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Nature’s power and fury hit the bay. Redmond, a Schenectady native who moved to Melbourne and Brevard County in 2014, said 10-foot-high waves crashed into the shore.

“When we went home, I had to take four different routes because there were trees blocking the roads and you couldn’t get on,” he said during a Monday morning telephone interview. “We had some flooding, not much.”

Irma finally showed up during Sunday evening in Brevard, located along the east Florida coast next to the Atlantic.

The weather has since calmed in Florida, and the state will soon receive help from National Grid for power repairs and from The Giving Circle, the Saratoga-based, volunteer-operated group that will soon truck down cleaning supplies, foods and personal hygiene products.

On Sunday, Redmond said, winds hit 105 miles per hour. He was watching the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants football game when the power went out at 9:05 p.m. Millions throughout the state had no electricity during the day.

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