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Irma Evacuees enjoying their time in Macon

Evacuees enjoying Macon. Claudia Coco / WGXA News

MACON, Ga -- Evacuees have come from all over Florida. Now they're spending time in Macon waiting for Hurricane Irma to pass.

One couple came from a little further away. John Docherty and his wife are from Scotland. They were vacationing in the United States when their plans changed.

"We were in Charleston when we got a phone call that our booking in Ann Marie Island had been canceled," said Docherty.

The Docherty's said they are a little disappointed that they aren't sitting on a beach right now, but Georgia's southern hospitality has lifted their spirits.

"The lady in the hotel this morning rearranged a few rooms, so we can stay in the hotel, you know the people have been really, really nice," said Docherty.

John Appel didn't come from quite as far as the Docherty's, but he says Macon has been a great place to get his mind off of Irma.

"We've had so many people come up and say, 'are you from out of town? Are you from Florida? Welcome to Georgia!' and all this, but they're really welcoming," said Appel.

Rhonda Lathen said she and her husband drove for quite a bit of time, before finding a place to stay. She said now that she's in Macon she feels a little better.

"The people are amazing, southern hospitality is truly alive and well here in Macon, Georgia. We've had nothing but a positive experience, the people are friendly, the food is amazing," said Lathen.

Good food and kind people are keeping spirits up. Now it is a waiting game to see when they can come home.

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