One Connecticut native and Disney employee said she is banning together with others around her to stay safe during Hurricane Matthew.
Danielle Foss said she normally lives alone, but is staying with friends, waiting out the storm. She's from Enfield, but has been living in Orlando for the past 5 years.
"Moving down to Florida, especially working for Disney, the people you work with become your family," Foss said. "In situations like this they just take each other in and a lot of us are so young that a lot of us transplants we`re not from here I've never experienced this before."
While it doesn't happen often, Disney World closed its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday and will remain closed Friday. The last time the park was closed was for Hurricane Charley in 2004, and before that Floyd in 1999.
"A lot of gas stations were running out with fuel for people," said Foss, "Disney property was lucky enough to have gas for people, but a lot of people I know are scrounging to find fuel for their cars right now."
And Jeanne Willard, the public information officer for South Daytona said first responders will not be responding, once winds hit 40 miles per hour. She said safety protocol dictates that police and fire stay off the roads.
"We`re preparing for the worst," said Willard. "This looks like a big storm, and of course hoping for the best."