Memphian Living In Miami Braces For Hurricane Irma

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - As Hurricane Irma barrels towards the Florida coast one Memphian says he is ready to ride out the storm. 

"We're definitely getting ready for the storm," said Jaquell Walker, via Skype. "There's actually hurricane parties. I never knew there was such a thing as a hurricane party until I came here. "

You heard right, parties in the midst of an approaching storm!

Walker moved to Miami from Memphis four days ago to attend film school. He told Local 24 he isn't partying. Instead, he's preparing. 

"I stocked up on food," he said. "I got plenty of water, I got bread, fruit nonperishable foods, all that stuff, so I'm good to go."

Walker is a former Air Force Sergeant and said his military training has prepared him for any type of situation.

He snapped these photos of his local grocery store showing empty shelves. Water, milk, bread and other necessities have been scooped up by people preparing for Irma's landfall Sunday. 

"There still some food left in there," he said, "but pretty much all the nonperishable foods it is all gone."

And gas, Walker says that's another issue. He snapped photos of a nearby gas station showing drivers lined up to fill up their gas tanks.

As for evacuating, Walker says he's not going anywhere. 

"I honestly was about to make plans to evacuate but something deep in my gut just told me to stay behind because there may be some folks that might need my help, especially in this neighborhood," he said. "There are mostly elderly people here. I guess it's the old military part of me that says, 'You have to stay and do a service to your new home.'"


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