UTEP volleyball player Amanda King is a Florida native and she and her family are no strangers to hurricane weather. Hurricane Matthew is the largest storm the state has seen in at least a decade but Amanda’s family is prepared. With shutters on their windows and sandbags on hand, Amanda’s family is ready to ride out the storm.
Amanda is from Boynton Beach Florida, about an hour north of Miami. This the first time the UTEP junior will be away from home during a hurricane.
Boynton Beach is not in Hurricane Matthew’s direct path but the size of the storm will bring strong winds and heavy rains.
“I’ve known for a while like where it’s going to go, I’ve been keeping track of it and then I talked to both my parents this morning because it was supposed to get bad today and tomorrow”, says Amanda.
Hurricane Wilma is the last big hurricane Amanda remembers experiencing, Wilma’s winds being strong enough to rip the roof off her mother’s day care.
More than 18 hundred miles away from her family, Amanda believes her loved ones will be ok but being so far away is still hard.