ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Libbey Smith had absolutely no experience with hurricanes before Dorian, “Yea I knew about hurricanes but I didn’t think this would happen the second we got here. So it’s been all, it’s been a mess.”
The young, single mother had decided earlier this summer to move to Florida to start a new life. So, she packed up her car with all of her possessions and her 2-year-old daughter Cora and drove to the east coast of Florida.
The Kansas City, Mo., native was thrilled when she arrived and settled into a month-long Airbnb in Daytona, the city she thought she would be calling home.
"She was going to start daycare this week actually, we had everything planned out, and I had picked out a couple of apartment complexes, but, we were all ready to settle down," said Libbey.
Just a couple days after getting settled in, Smith had to pack up and evacuate.
The pair drove four hours to find shelter at Charlyn Fitzgerald's home. Fitzgerald is an Airbnb host and opened her home up for free as part of the Open Home network.
Libbey and Cora have been enjoying their stay at the Fitzgerald's so much, they might completely change course again.
"I feel like this just happened for a reason. Like everything happens for a reason," said Libbey. She thinks that once the hurricane clears, she will go back to Daytona, pack up the last of their stuff and move to Tampa Bay permanently.
A calm, after the storm.
“I think that we will stay here. I am really excited. I am so happy that we found this area.”
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