Local college student braved Hurricane Michael inside Florida State sports complex

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A college student from Central Ohio rode out Hurricane Michael on the campus of Florida State University.

Powell native, Kristen McFarland, is a member of the FSU soccer team.

The junior said she and the other players decided to stay in the team’s complex on campus as the hurricane passed Tallahassee.

She said they made that decision so they would not have trouble making it to their next game on Saturday.

“It [the complex] is probably one of the safest infrastructures in town. We have the best chance of keeping power here at the soccer complex,” McFarland said.

The team entered the facility around 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The team passed the time by watching movies and playing cards, despite the howling wind and rain just beyond the walls, she said.

“We actually had a group of policemen come in and check on us. They wanted to take our names and make sure we are in the safest place possible,” McFarland said.

Early Wednesday evening, the complex still had power.

McFarland said she hoped the team would be able to leave the building by Thursday morning.

Nonetheless, they are all thinking about those seriously impacted by the storm.

“We’re just going to keep being in the safest spot that we can,” she explained. “We’re hoping and sending the best to those who are going through this terrible hurricane right now and hoping everyone’s safe and their families are safe and the damage can be repaired.”

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