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Man and friends prepared to ride Irma out from 6th story of South Beach highrise

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Man who recently moved to Miami from Mobile set to ride Irma out from 6th story South Beach highrise. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News Man who recently moved to Miami from Mobile set to ride Irma out from 6th story South Beach highrise. Source: Lee Peck, FOX 10 News
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

With blue skies and calm waters, South Beach Miami looks picture perfect -- making it hard to believe they're about to get pounded by Hurricane Irma.  

"The sun is beaming down... But there is a breeze in the air. I guess this is what they mean when they say the calm before the storm," said Joe Mykut. 

Mykut just moved to Miami from Mobile a couple of months ago. As thousands evacuate, he's among those riding out the storm.    

"We have friends who have left and tell us a trip that would normally take two to three hours is taking 8 to 9 hours. At this point there is only one way out of Florida - honestly it would be creating more chaos and we would probably find ourselves stranded over next two days without gas because up the turnpike they are starting to lose gas in some areas... And there's only so far you can get until you are going to be stranded out there. So it just makes sense to stay at this point," said Mykut. 

He and six friends are prepared to hunker down in his high-rise apartment that sits on the bay in South Beach.  

"We are taking this very seriously for sure... By no means are we thinking this is anything to laugh at - we know it's going to be a terrible storm," said Mykut. 

As essentials become scarce, they've stocked up on what they can. 

"We have definitely stocked up on can foods and non-perishables so we are making sure we have things we can eat," said Mykut as he showed us his pantry.  

They're also prepared should the electricity go out. 

"We have a DJ friend who lent us these lights. These  are up-lighting -- these are professional up-lightings which they use for events. It's obviously as you can see being charged right now and once fully charged can last for up to 12 hours," said Mykut. 

During the worst of Irma, they plan to take shelter in the center of the building near the elevators to avoid what they fear the most.  

"Realistically the things we are most scared about is debris and our windows caving in or blowing in from pressure of tornadoes. Those are the biggest worries and obviously flooding. How long we could be stranded in our area??? Being high up is great during the process, but once it's over how long are the waters going to be there before it recedes - and how long are we going to be stuck up here," said Mykut. 

They've also been warned there will be a period of time rescues will not be available. Meanwhile, the building he lives in was built after Hurricane Andrew -- under stricter construction codes and can withstand a category five hurricane.

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