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Shunning Evacuation Orders, Some Coastal Floridians Choose To See Irma Through

More than 6.5 million Floridians were under mandatory evacuation orders. But not all of them left. Those who stayed were bracing for a monster storm — or shrugging off another hurricane.
Bobby Huffstutler moves furniture from his late grandmother's home into his parent's house, which sits at a higher elevation. Source: Meredith Rizzo

As Hurricane Irma takes aim at Florida's west coast, some residents are tracking its trajectory from safer cities hours away from the projected path. Some are listening to the winds from shelters not far from their homes. But others are riding it out right underneath the storm.

The state of Florida ordered more than 6.5 million residents to evacuate large swaths of the southern part of the state and the Keys, underscoring Irma's

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