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Scott DeBerry, For the Citizen
An aerial shot of US 19 northbound traffic and a winding line at the Marathon gas station (front-center), with Walmart pictured in the distance on right.
Police struggle to keep traffic moving north ahead of Irma

By the time Hurricane Irma passed, the city of Chiefland fared well, except for car after car after car, camping trailers, motorhomes and more cars lined up one after another as they fled north from south Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Friday seemed like a typical day. The weather was nice, sunny, a few fluffy clouds floated through the sky, there was nothing threatening that would explain an impending natural disaster.

Police officers directed traffic Friday at Murphy Express and the North Marathon gas stations after all the other stations were out of fuel. Tuesday, it was virtually the same scene again when the line of evacuees reversed course and headed back home again to south Florida.

But on Friday, the Wal-Mart parking lot was filled with motorhomes and campers filled with travelers; some staying overnight to rest and some maybe thought they had gone far enough, but that was when Irma was supposed to turn north from Cuba and then go up the East Coast.

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