Canandaigua transplant prepares for Irma in central Florida

The sun shone bright and warm in central Florida on Friday.

Not a cloud in the sky, said Dave Monahan, a former longtime Canandaigua resident who now lives in the Sunshine State.

In other words, one of those days that folks who live up here through the winter months dream of — that is, at least they did until Hurricane Irma began to make its presence felt.

“They call it the calm before the storm,” said Monahan, who lives in The Villages retirement community, during a phone interview Friday morning. “Nervous? No. Concern is the better way to put it.”

Irma was expected to rip into the state over the weekend after wreaking destruction and havoc in the Caribbean, with the Miami metropolitan area looming in its crosshairs. The looming threat of the dangerous storm has triggered a massive evacuation.

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