Hurricane Michael forcing evacuees into the Twin Cities

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Courtland and Pat Gray are back home in the Twin Cities, but this isn't a vacation.

They're evacuees.

"When it starts to get dangerous like that, there's no reason to stay,"

They live on Navarre Beach, right on the panhandle of Florida. It's where Hurricane Michael hit hardest. But, it's not even the wind they're worried about it's the incredibly dangerous storm surge.

"When you realize the power of that, and how close the water was coming to the road as we were leaving the gulf island seashore it really brings it to your attention how dangerous it can be," Courtland said.

The Gray's packed up and headed west the first chance they got.

"I just tried to fill up with gas before we left, couldn't get in the parking lot it was so busy because everyone was leaving," Courtland Gray said.

Hotels and traffic are issues along the gulf coast, so some evacuees took Interstate I-20 instead. Hotels like the Best Western and Days Inn said reservations started adding up over the weekend.

People drove up in campers hauling everything they could grab. One family passed through from St. Petersburg Florida Wednesday.

"And my mom is a little nervous she's 94. And we've been driving a little faster and longer than normal. But we made it," Sue Gilman said.

Evacuees said they want to get on the road that leads them back home.

"I'm ready to go home; it's so beautiful down there. We need to get home and get the shutters down, get the furniture back out and held anyone who needs help," Pat said.

The Gray family said it's always important to have a plan and set it before it's too late.