KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Vols followers are heading right down to Gator nation for the large rivalry recreation this weekend. Nevertheless, Hurricane Irma might trigger some journey complications. Phrase is circulating that the standard eight hour drive is taking for much longer as evacuees return house.
One other concern that’s posing a menace is the water ranges. The close by Santa Fe river is complicating the journey down there. If water rises, it might trigger the interstate to flood. Hurricane Irma is affecting plans for some followers.
“I wasn’t positive if it was even going to be down there. I wasn’t positive how dangerous it was,” stated Jake Coffey, a freshman at UT.
He obtained a final minute ticket and plans to fly to the sport.
“The visitors I’m positive goes to be horrible with everybody going again to their houses and stuff,” he stated.
One man stated it took him 18 hours to drive from Knoxville to Gainesville on Tuesday. That info made some followers determine to not go to Florida anymore.
“I don’t need to do this in any respect,” stated Anne Riley.
Residents in Gainesville stated visitors isn’t the one drawback. They stated fuel can also be scarce and the strains are nonetheless lengthy. Nevertheless, they stated a lot of the roads are away from particles and water.
Most of the inns in Gainesville are booked for the weekend. Staff stated these reservations have been made method earlier than Hurricane Irma however some have referred to as to cancel due to the storm.