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Hurricane evacuees get free admission into Mercer Football game

Hurricane evacuees got free admission at the Mercer Football game Saturday. Claudia Coco / WGXA News

MACON, Ga -- Mercer Football offered all hurricane evacuees a free ticket into Saturday's football game against Wofford. It gave the families time to take a break and relax.

Elizabeth Cuellar is from Clearwater, Florida and she's happy to take a breather with her family. "It totally distracts us, me and my family needed something to take our mind off of it. It's been very stressful," said Cuellar.

Cuellar said that even though this game is helping take her mind off things, it doesn't totally relieve the anxiety of the impending storm. "It's very scary! Seeing people on the side of the road, running out of gas, and gas stations, yeah it's been very surreal," said Cuellar.

From the Tampa-Bay area, Sharon Will said she's grateful that Mercer extended the free football tickets to evacuees. She said it makes her feel welcome here. "It means a lot to have the support of the community, and the support of my family, welcoming us to their home and encouraging us to stay as long as we want to," said Will.

But that doesn't take away from the fear of what awaits at home. "And not that it takes my mind off of it 100 % because we still have children, and grandchildren behind in Palm Harbor," said Will.

She said the sheer force of the hurricane is what scares her the most. "You see reports of category two hurricanes and the damage it could do, and we're expecting a four, its pretty terrifying," said Will.


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