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Mainers hope Florida homes can survive Hurricane Irma

For those leaving, or staying, the race is on to gear up for this massive storm.

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Many Mainers also call Florida home.

For those leaving, or staying, the race is on to gear up for this massive storm.

One family of four is safe in Harrison, but concerned for the friends that are staying behind.

Dan Strange teaches music at the University of Miami. Ashley Liberty is a virtuoso violinist. The musicians have been playing the storm by ear since Monday.

They and their two children flew out of Palm Beach County, which may face the eye of Hurricane Irma in the next few days.

Others Mainers will stay south for the storm. Gary Levesque is a building support specialist in Palm Beach County. He says it's been more than a decade since a storm of this size has hit the area.

"So, you have to imagine that the trees have gotten much larger, the shrubs, there's more development,” Levesque said. “And I feel that it's going to change the landscape of Palm Beach County."

It's a county home to more than 1.4 million people. He said many are prepared for Irma’s arrival, but may not be ready for its aftermath.

"I don't think that this is going to catch residents off guard,” Levesque said. “I think the people are very prepared. It's the damage in the aftermath that people are going to be very, um, shocked about."

Strange and Liberty will stay with family in Harrison, and as the musicians wait out the massive storm, they're left to wonder how their Florida home will handle facing the music of Hurricane Irma.

"The kids I know will be very upset if we don't go back to our house intact,” Strange said. "Florida is ready for a hurricane. We just don't know we're ready for this one."

Levesque says that he's hopeful Mainers will lend a hand in the storm's aftermath.

He predicts the biggest needs will be builders and contractors, for the homes and buildings set to be in the eye of the storm.

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