Hurricane Michael forces local families, others to cut trips short

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To most, Tuesday was like any evening at John Glenn International. But others were frustrated after Hurricane Michael changed their travel plans.

Sisters and Lancaster residents, Mary Bowers, Ricki Chenault and their husbands, were vacationing in Port St. Joe Florida where they’d planned to stay until Saturday, but their plans changed when  Hurricane Michael triggered mandatory evacuations.

“This was gonna be my fun vacation as far as sun and fun and an adult vacation,” Mary Bowers said.

It cost them a vacation and hundreds of dollars. 

David Chenault said even though the four were keeping an eye on weather reports, the rough weather came quickly. 

“There was just a small tropical depression in the southern portion of the gulf and we did not expect anything to happen. It blew up. It came over hot water and it took off,” he said. 

The Chenault’s and the Bowers’ had to hop in a car and drive to the nearest airport to hop a flight home to Columbus. 

They said their airline waved their change fees. But new airline tickets cost them more than $400 per ticket. 

David Chenault said this isn’t the first, second or third time something like this has happened to them in the last 10 months. 

“Well this is the fourth time this year that we’ve been impacted by a hurricane,” he said. 

But unlike most, they’re taking it all in stride and with a smile.

“We’re going home. We’re going to rest up and we’re going to Nashville. We’re going to make the best of it so we’re going to go enjoy a vacation,” Ricki Chenault said. 

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