VIDEO: Tourists escape Hurricane Matthew at Polk shelter

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County was fortunate that Hurricane Matthew moved in the eastern direction.

That’s because Polk County is less likely to be impacted by high winds and rain from Matthew.

On Friday morning, conditions were getting nastier and winds were picking up,  blowing the rain sideways.

129 people spent the night at a shelter opened by the Red Cross at Ridge High School.

More than a dozen people who stayed at the shelter were from other countries.

WFLA News Channel 8 Reporter Mary McGuire has more details in her report from the shelter.




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