Charles WatsonSep 8, 2017, 2:25 pm

Newark airport swarmed, Floridians seek refuge from hurricane

Irma is expected to make landfall on the peninsula this weekend as millions continue the scramble to prepare

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Newark Liberty International Airport was a busy place Friday as masses of Floridians seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma arrived before the storm hits this weekend.

FiOS1 News spoke with people who say the last few days have been difficult.

"It’s rough. People are trying to get out in any way that they can,” says Fort Lauderdale native Lisa Jones. “A lot of people are driving up our way and turning back around."

Jones and her daughter Saran are one of the lucky ones who were able to board a flight headed north.

The storm is expected to make landfall on the peninsula this weekend as millions continue the scramble to prepare.

Jones she tells FiOS1 News that she's worried about her two children who aren't out of harm’s way.

"They’re going to batten down the hatches and stay. My daughter was going to travel up the state and she was with her boyfriend’s parents and they got partway up and turned around because they realized it was going to take too long and they didn't want to get stuck on the highway, so they just came back," Jones says.

Eva Roider also arrived from Fort Lauderdale. She says she was lucky to get a flight seat out of the state with Spirit Airlines.

"Everybody's freaking out. There were a lot of flights canceled. I left from Fort Lauderdale and there were a lot of people trying to see what they were going to do, see if they have connecting flights,” says Roider. “There's no gas, no water, no bread. There's nothing on the shelves."

Roider was trying to head to South America where she is originally from but prices have doubled in last few days. She’s now just thankful that she has made it up north.

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