Hermine survivors pray for those in Matthew's path

Lessons learned from Hurricane Hermine

"I would say that everyone within its path get out," said Jasmine Rivera.

Advice from a displaced family after Hurricane Hermine slammed Pasco County. Rivera, her husband and four children had to be rescued by boat.

"Seeing the water rise and not having an escape route," Rivera said.

When the Anclote River flooded, the Riveras were caught off guard.
 
"It's the most terrifying feeling you can think of especially when you have children you try to keep them as calm as possible and not let them know that you're scared," Rivera said.

Rivera says the most valuable lesson her family learned: "If I can escape before the storm hits then get out. Don't wait don't do it, don't wait until you think, I understand we have valuables at home."


The family spent more than a week at a shelter, but there was one positive outcome.

"This has brought us closer this has made our family unit stronger," said Rivera.

Who's this little guy? "Oh woe woe," said Elizabeth Rivera.

Luckily 4year-old Elizabeth was able to save her lifelong friend from the flood.

"I don't want her lost," said Elizabeth.

And Jasmine doesn't want to see any needless loss of life from Hurricane Matthew.

"Prayed for them last night I prayed for them this morning and I will continue to pray for everyone in the path of hurricane Mathew," said Rivera.

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