ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - As many keep a close watch on Hurricane Irma, dozens of former Alaskans living in the vicinity of the storm's path are preparing for the worst.
Nicole Rosado, who formerly lived in Anchorage and moved to Puerto Rico in 2015, said winds started picking up near Isabela shortly after 3 p.m. Alaska time on Wednesday.
"We're safe, everything's locked down and everybody like in my area we double check that everybody's safe," Rosado said.
Rosado said at least 300,000 people were reportedly without power.
"We have at least three to five shelters per area, but currently we're just receiving some wind gusts. From what I heard, I know the east coast is really heavy right now, but on the west coast we haven't received a lot of rain, not yet," Rosado said.
The American Red Cross of Alaska is deploying three of its volunteers to Orlando for any potential shelter needs.
To date, 24 volunteers have deployed to assist with both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.