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Evacuees head out of Port City

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The Causeway and I-10 East were both backed up as Floridians headed home Monday. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. The Causeway and I-10 East were both backed up as Floridians headed home Monday. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The hundreds of evacuees who have been seeking shelter in Mobile during Hurricane Irma, will soon hit the road to go back home. Some already have, and it's showing.

The Alabama Department of Transportation is expecting thousands of Florida evacuees to be on Alabama roads in the next few days. Traffic in Mobile was backed up for most of the day Monday, on I-10 East and the Causeway.

Spanish Fort Police closed the ramp to I-10 East from the Causeway because the Bayway was already so congested early in the afternoon.

A lot of those evacuees, unexpectedly spent a weekend in the Port City, like the Medina family from Miami. But 6-year-old Jackie Medina doesn't want to leave the also unexpected cooler weather.

"You could never wear long sleeve shirts in Miami because if you wear them, you'll like, turn into water."

Jackie and her family will most likely be sitting in traffic on Tuesday. They're waiting to make sure Irma is out of the way before going back to south Florida.

"We didn't want to drive and encounter 30-40 mph gusts while driving, part of the reason we fled Miami in the first place was because we have a daughter, we didn't want her to go through a hurricane," says Eddie Medina.

Neither did Christi Weaver and Jacob Channen, who are also leaving Tuesday. FOX10 was were there when the couple arrived in Mobile last week. They're packing up early with their dog and two kittens, to go back to Vero beach. 

"It looks like it gonna be probably a hectic drive, like he said we're leaving early to try and beat the traffic," says Weaver. 

Both families are thankful that their homes are still standing, and the damage wasn't too bad. 

ALDOT officials are urging drivers here to be patient as evacuees head home in the next few days. They are also making sure those evacuees know of other routes, so they don't clog up major highways and interstates. 

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