Cleveland natives living in the South wait out Hurricane Matthew - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland natives living in the South wait out Hurricane Matthew

Mandy Glover sent us this photo of conditions in Jacksonville, FL. (Source: Mandy Glover) Mandy Glover sent us this photo of conditions in Jacksonville, FL. (Source: Mandy Glover)
Keith Brunger said everything was pretty quiet off the coast of North Carolina early Friday night. (Source: Keith Brunger) Keith Brunger said everything was pretty quiet off the coast of North Carolina early Friday night. (Source: Keith Brunger)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Even though Hurricane Matthew is slowly starting to weaken, it's still packing quite a punch.

Two Cleveland natives are in the South, waiting for everything to pass.

Hurricane Matthew slammed into the northeastern coast of Florida on Friday, and families here in Northeast Ohio are watching out for their loved ones.

Mandy Glover is originally from Cleveland and now lives in Jacksonville.

She's waiting out the hurricane in her apartment.

“The winds right now have increased significantly. I'm not seeing any damage from the balcony of my apartment but I have not gone outside yet toward the parking lot to see if there's damage there,” she told Cleveland 19 through FaceTime on her cell phone.

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Glover shot video from her apartment of the conditions. You could see the rain pouring down and palm trees swaying in the wind.

She says she stocked up on food and water before the hurricane hit.

“I don't see any flooding or trees down at this point in the general area,” she said Friday evening.

Miles away in North Carolina, Keith Brunger is watching as Hurricane Matthew makes its way north.

The Cleveland-area native lives in Shallotte, North Carolina, not far from the South Carolina state line.

We spoke to him Friday evening, before the sun went down.

“Right now, everything is okay, the wind and stuff hasn't picked up,” he said.

“Stores are shutting down, my restaurant shut down. We're good, we went to the stores to get food and water and things like that.”

Brunger’s area is under voluntary evacuations, but he's staying put.

“This is my first hurricane. I'm from Cleveland, I'm used to the snow. We're just gonna ride it out and see what happens,” he said.  

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