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Iowa native weathering Irma

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (KWWL) -

Taking its turn with Hurricane Irma, Jacksonville in the northeast portion of Florida saw heavy flooding Monday. 

Waverly-Shell Rock Alumnus, Connor Coleman, is now a graduate student at Jacksonville University, where he watched Irma roll through.

"With the wind, rain, and lightning, we saw one of the transformers blow. The sky was just red and blue. It looked like something out of a movie. It was really spooky-looking," said Coleman.

Monday, the city was under water and without power or clean water. Gas in the area was hard to find.

Coleman had to drive across the city, dodging flooded areas, to get gas and charge his phone; not easy considering Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the United States.

"It is something you definitely don't think about on a daily basis. How easy it is to flush a toilet or turn on a light switch," said Coleman.

 Despite the current situation, Coleman says it's just part of living in Florida.

"People are cautious about it and they are always prepared, but you know that these things happen, yearly. It is one of those things where you hope for the best and hope they aren't as bad as they say. This wasn't as bad as they said it was going to be," said Coleman.

After speaking with KWWL, Coleman was going to go lend a hand and spread a little 'Iowa Nice' to the victims of Irma.

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