Connecticut residents in Florida brace for Hurricane Matthew

The GOES East satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea about 190 miles northeast of Curacao. Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history, weakened a little on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain. (NOAA via AP)

(WTNH) — Jim and Pat Copley spend much of their time at their home in Hamden. Thursday, however, their thoughts are on their second home near Jacksonville, Florida.

“This year we went down for September to see how it is and we enjoy it. We’re close to the beach which might not be the best thing now,” said Jim.

As Hurricane Matthew barrels up the Florida coast, the Copley’s have been keeping in touch with neighbors. A mandatory evacuation was issued for their area so nobody will be around to see how the house holds up.

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“Now we’ve gotta just hope and pray and see what Saturday brings,” said Jim.

On Facebook today lots of people expressed concern for loved ones in the Sunshine State.

Alicia Berntsen said, “My godparents are in Lake Worth, hunkered down with hurricane shutters and a generator, staying put. I’m a nervous wreck!!!!”

Gregory Wolff said, “My mom who lives in Woodbridge is stuck at Disney.”

Madison residents Donna and Ed Yankowski have a second home near Vero Beach. They arrived there last week. This morning mandatory evacuations forced them out of their condo.

“We left. We got everything all packed Wednesday afternoon and we left this morning about 5:30,” said Donna.

The Yankowski’s have a small condo right on the water. With winds gusts that could top 100 miles an hour, Donna says they fear the worst.

“It was awful leaving. You feel like when we locked the door we felt like, gosh, we hope we can unlock this same door in a couple of days,” said Donna.

Many people say they will stay in close communication with friends and relatives throughout the storm. The fear is power outages may make that difficult.

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