ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Just last year, Cory Forbes lived in a student apartment complex during Hurricane Matthew.
He's now prepping for another hurricane, but this year, he's living in Florida. The East Carolina University graduate moved from Greenville to Ft. Lauderdale at the beginning of August to start Optometry School at Nova Southeastern University.
The school has shut down and all on-campus students were required to evacuate. So Forbes and many others are trying to get away from the path of Hurricane Irma. He's choosing to travel to St. Petersburg to get out of the way of the storm.
"Some other people were trying to start fights in the parking lot," Forbes said about trying to get gas. "It's kind of been interesting. It's been a hell of a day.
"I thought a lot of this was panic at first. I'm starting to think otherwise on that case now.
Currently, 51 counties in Florida are under a state of emergency. Much of South Florida is under mandatory evacuations.
"Right now, the primary thing is evacuation, getting safe, and then making sure you can survive the next couple days, weeks, whatever depending on how severe the storm is," Forbes said.
That will determine how long he has to stay in St. Petersburg. Forbes said he feels prepared, but growing up in Eastern North Carolina, he's not too sure what to expect.