Irma chases retirees from Florida paradise; return uncertain

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Posted: Sep 09, 2017 4:01 AM
Irma chases retirees from Florida paradise; return uncertain

BEVERLY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida is a retirement haven, and residents of one coastal retirement community are fleeing Hurricane Irma without knowing what to expect after the storm.

Located on the state's eastern coast in Beverly Beach, Surfside Estates was battered by Hurricane Matthew last year even though the storm didn't even come ashore in Florida. Residents are now worried about what Irma will do to their little piece of paradise along the main beach road.

The community of 244 mobile homes sits between the beach and a river, making it particularly susceptible to wind and rising water.

Many of the residents are Northern retirees like Jeff Williams, who spent Friday adding screws and metal supports to his carport. Judy and Howard Clay evacuated not knowing if they'll ever see their home again.