Michael Gandy, a 6-year Florida resident, has sheltered in a parking structure. "I've got run, cheese, tortillas and a lot of water," he said.
After all the urgent warnings, the casing of neighborhoods by police insisting people leave, and the weather forecast that shows life-threatening conditions are certain, the holdouts who stay in evacuation zones are often motivated by one of two things, or both.
Boats and pets. Many Floridians don’t want to separate from them and worry, perhaps too much, about what will happen if they try to move them.
Michael Gandy is a boat guy. The 77-year-old was camped out in the parking complex of an apartment building in Fort Myers, right across the street from one of the more dangerous locations in Florida right now. That is where his boat is docked. Gandy lives on that boat. And he refuses to abandon it as a dangerous sea surge looms, which could lift the boat right onto the street.