Zionsville couple escapes South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew forces mass evacuations

ZIONSVILLE, Ind.-- The Dalton family is back home safe in Zionsville after escaping Hurricane Matthew while on vacation on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

"All of a sudden I saw these two guys on the back deck turning over the tables, the chairs, tying down the grill," said Lydia Dalton.

Shortly after that, the South Carolina governor issued a robo call urging everyone to evacuate. Within hours, they packed up to head out and discovered everyone else had the same idea.

"I'd say we averaged 20 miles an hour for two hours and I'm not patient," said Stephen Dalton.

They said they're glad they made the decision to leave.

"It makes you realize how fragile life is. You know we were having a great time on a luxury vacation one moment and we could've been out of gas on an interstate with a hurricane coming the next," said Stephen.

And in Florida, Indiana native Hannah Calypso returned home to no damage after weathering the storm all night.

"It was really exciting. It was really loud so we didn't get much sleep which you never do you want to watch it," said Hannah.

And while Hannah and her family have power and the Dalton family is back home safely in Zionsville, Hurricane Matthew isn't done yet. The storm surge is expected to be the most dangerous part of the storm although its been downgraded to a category two storm by Friday night.

"These storm are so unpredictable the meteorologist and stuff can only do so much you just prepare for the worst and hope for the best and you pray for everyone else who got hit worse," said Hannah.