Florida native's family survives Irma

Posted at 6:13 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 19:13:27-04

Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida over the weekend.

Many Floridians prepared for the worse.

"As soon as I found out it was going to hit Florida I immediately went on Facebook messenger, texted everyone, what are your plans, I love you guys."

Rodney Mills is a Florida native, he says his mom, brother and two sisters still live there.

They had no plans to evacuate.

"I think we got there in 1985 and since then there were about 11 hurricanes in the major category."

Although they've been through it before he says he was still worried.

"They kind of talked about what the plans were, they've already bought enough food and water.

They even have a generator, living in Florida you have to be prepared."

His family lives in the panhandle, and was able to escape the brunt of the disaster.

"When the storm was passing through today, I got into my car and was able to text my sister.”

“She said the storm just went through."

"A lot of rain, no power, but she made it through so that was good news."

Mills had plans to visit home, thinking Irma would change that.

"I was worried about the hurricane spoiling those plans, but it turns out I will be able to go down."

Now instead of assisting with hurricane relief, Mills says he's going on a happy note.

"My family kind of avoided Irma.”

“That kind of gives me a little relief knowing everyone is going to be ok."