New Zealand dad's nervous wait as daughters ride out Hurricane Irma
A Nelson dad is anxiously waiting for news as his two daughters "hunker down" in one of Florida's worst storms.
As Hurricane Irma takes aim for Tampa, Wood resident Bernard Redshaw has been getting regular emails from his daughters who are both living in right in the predicted path of the storm.
Jane Redshaw lives in Florida's Tampa while Lissa Redshaw lives in St Petersburg, less than 40 kilometres from her sister.
Redshaw said his daughters, both in their 50s, regularly kept in touch with him so he was "feeling anxious and hoping to get more progress before the storm hit.
The last email from Lissa said she and Jane planned to "hunker down".
One of the fiercest Atlantic storms in a century, Irma was expected to rip through the Florida Keys archipelago yesterday, causing authorities to evacuate millions of residents hours before the storm lashed the US state.
Lissa's recent emails gave Redshaw some relief to know they were both well prepared, he said.
Lissa said she had "two fine long stick for poking any snakes that rise with the flood waters and biodegradable dish detergent, which I'm told is the solution to floating swarms of fire ants."
As some residents scrambled to escape the hurricane's wrath, Lissa told her dad said she knew of one person who had managed to book "one of the last scheduled flights out of Miami regardless of where it went.
"Turns out flying unplanned to London was the better alternative to here," she wrote.
"Over here in the St Pete side, we're expecting 3ft of storm surge and maximum wind gusts of 95mph (152kmh). That sounds doable, right?"