Beach­front vis­i­tors con­cerned about Irma

Res­i­dents, beach­go­ers mull op­tions be­fore hur­ri­cane hits.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAR­RELL HOFHEINZ

As usual, Mid­town Beach early this week at­tracted a cross sec­tion of res­i­dents and out-of-town­ers. They walked pets, strolled the side­walk along the sea­wall and jogged un­der a sky where the full moon could still be seen glow­ing in the west as the sun rose over the per­fectly placid At­lantic Ocean.

But far from usual, those at the beach had some­thing else on their minds — a po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing storm named Hur­ri­cane Irma.

Town of­fi­cials or­dered a manda­tory evac­u­a­tion of the is­land on Thurs­day.

But evac­u­a­tion is not in the plans for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Palm Beacher Giselle Parry, who was walk­ing Prince Ed­ward, her Pem­broke Welsh corgi. She will most likely stay at her Mid­town home be­cause she has lit­tle other choice, she said with a note of con­cerned res­ig­na­tion in her voice.

She tried to book a ho­tel room on the state’s west coast, she ex­plained, but found none avail­able. She also was wor­ried about hav­ing enough gas so that she wouldn’t be caught stranded on the roads.

And she had no luck with air­planes, ei­ther. “The flights are all booked,” she said. The storm’s un­cer­tain track only added to the mud­dle, she said.

“One of my neigh­bors is in his late 80s, and he has sur­vived three of the storms, and he ad­vised me stay,” she said. “We’re all in this to­gether.”

Ali Safyur­flu was tak­ing a walk along the sea­wall and said he planned to stay at his Mid­town home but was send­ing fam­ily mem­bers to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. He has hun­kered down at home when other storms have threat­ened since he moved in the 1990s to Palm Beach, where he spends about 10 months of the year.

He had just ar­rived back in Palm Beach from a trip to Is­tan­bul.

“I knew the hur­ri­cane was in the At-

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