WNYer in the Hurricane Zone

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida, (WBEN) - For years, Vic Baker was producing newscasts on WIVB, Channel 4 in Buffalo.  Lately he's watching lots of TV news, either by by necessity or boredom.

Baker said as soon as you hear that a hurricane may be coming your way, you have to start making preparations. "You stock up on bottled water and try to find a generator.   "We don't have one, he said. "But we'll be sharing our neighbors."  He has no plans to evacuate.  

Baker has been living in Florida for six years. This is his 3rd hurricane.  Experienced Floridians tell him they expect this storm to be like Hurricane Matthew in 2016.  After catastrophic damage in Haiti, the monster storm stayed out at sea and tracked up the coastline.  If that happens, Baker expects New Smyrna to get tropical force, rather than hurricane force winds.