Millions of Floridians were forced from their home as Hurricane Irma approached the sunshine state, and now many of them are wondering what’s left of their homes.
Among those waiting for answers is Roughriders receiver Duron Carter, who has a home in south Florida.
Originally, his girlfriend and his puppy were going to shelter in place for the incoming hurricane, but Carter said in the end, she left their home Boca Raton for the more central Orlando.
He hasn’t been able to speak with her or any of his other loved ones in Florida since last night.
“All the phone lines have been down, just going straight to voicemail so I don’t know what particularly is going on,” he said, adding texts haven’t gone through either.
When he last spoke with his girlfriend, she told him there was a lot of rain and some hail and downed palm trees. The power was also flickering, and now it’s out completely.
Not only does Carter not have word on his loved ones, he also had no idea the state his home is in. It’s located just five minutes from the beach, so there is some worry there, but he said it was holding up well before his girlfriend left.
“Just a lot of wind, just stuff battering the windows but no water. So hopefully no water (will come in at all),” he said.
“Hopefully I didn’t get the brunt of (the storm) and my house is still intact.”
Carter’s home is insured, so he will file a claim if necessary, but not being able to be in contact with friends and family does make him a little anxious.
“I just want to know if everyone’s okay and made it out of there safe.”
More than six-million people were told to leave their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.
As of Monday afternoon, the storm killed seven people in the U.S. And at least 32 in the Caribbean.