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Pasacola, AR--Lauren Payne Reports

Florida Family Seeks Refuge From Hurricane Frances In Region 8.

September 05, 2004--Posted at 7:30 p.m. CDT

PASACOLA--All the Soliz family can do now is wait.  They are glued to the television set as they watch Hurricane Frances tear through their hometown near West Palm Beach Florida.

"Basically the reason we fled was because of Charlie.....seeing the aftermath of it,"said Sylvia Soliz.

Soliz and 8 members of her family left Florida on Wednesday night, and drove nearly 48 hours to stay with relatives in Pasacola Missouri.  The Soliz family knew Hurricane Frances was about to make her presence known, but they weren't going to wait for her arrival.  Her mother is 89 years old.  They feared she couldn't handle what Frances would leave in her path. "We left family at home which is really hard to do. You wish you could just take everyone with you,"said Soliz.

Soliz says the most frustrating part is not being able to get in touch with family and friends, and not knowing when they can get home to begin cleaning up.

Sylvia Soliz says that even though hurricane season can be a very dangerous time in the Sunshine State, she wouldn't dream of moving away from Florida.

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