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For some, storm refuge in Albany is Déjà vu

Cars parked at Merry Acres (Source: WALB) Cars parked at Merry Acres (Source: WALB)
Reid Bird came over in 1999 (Source: WALB) Reid Bird came over in 1999 (Source: WALB)
Steve Quick (Source: WALB) Steve Quick (Source: WALB)
Patty Quick (Source: WALB) Patty Quick (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Most of the cars parked at Albany and area hotels have Florida license plates, and some of them from the coast of Georgia. All of the people here are safe and say now it's just a waiting game.

As Reid Bird sips his morning coffee, the only thing on his mind is what's happening at his house 180 miles away. "Hopefully the storm surge doesn't get so high that the house gets inundated," he said.

Bird came to Albany from St. Simons.  This wasn't the first time he was evacuated. He came to Albany in 1999 when Hurricane Floyd hit.  "It veered towards the north and we really had no damage at that time."

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But Bird knows whatever happens is out of his hands.  "I mean there is nothing we can do. We will try and hope for the best and then see tomorrow what we can do." 

He isn't the only one hoping the damage is less severe than anticipated. Patty Quick and her family came from Palm Coast, Florida.

"Our house has a screened in area so I have no idea what that is going to do," said Steve Quick.

"Many times it can usually head there but it always veers off. Well this time it wasn't veering anywhere, it just came right towards us," said Patty Quick.

That's why they called ahead and booked a room at Merry Acres last Sunday.  "They were full when we got here so we knew we did the right thing," Patty said.

For now they are watching the weather, and praying for those who are braving the storm.

"Unfortunately I think there are way too many people that stayed behind," Steve said.

Patty says she's been thinking of the horror she could go back to. "We don't know if we have a home to go back to."

For now she's trying to stay positive. "Everybody should pray for all the people that didn't leave so that they are safe. Things can be replaced but people can't.

Many folks say they aren't sure how long they are staying, but they all say they are hoping they have homes to return to when they do go back.

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