Hurricane Matthew through the eyes of a child

A young girl, who lived through a quake in Haiti, now is in the Bay area after fleeing Matthew.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — There could be a million and a half people fleeing the east coast because of Hurricane Matthew.

Many of them have come to Tampa Bay to avoid the storm leaving their whole lives behind.

As hard as it is for you and me to up and leave everything, it's even harder on kids.

Especially this 8-year-old girl we met on Clearwater beach.

Evencia Hoog survived the devastating Haiti earthquake when she was 2-years-old. Shewas adopted by a family in Merritt Island.

Here are her own words describing what she's feeling and what she's been forced to leave behind because of Hurricane Matthew.

“I think there's gonna be a really bad storm...and the buildings are gonna be knocked over by trees and lightning.

“I've never been through this before, so I think I'm a little worried because, my grandma, she's not really texting or calling my mommy back, so I'm afraid she's hurt or something, so I wanna go home."

“What did you have to leave back at home?” asked 10News WTSP reporter Mark Rivera.

“I had to leave my bed, and my two dogs, and the kitchen, and we brung some food, and we left my grandma,” Evencia Hoog said.

Our heart just breaks hearing her talk about that.

Her grandma is taking care of her pets, but her mom told me she doesn't expect to come back to a home that has anything left but walls.

 

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