Hurricane Matthew aftermath leaves local couple stranded on their Honeymoon


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Up and down the east coast, people are hunkering down to ride out the storm. 8News spoke with one local couple is stuck on their honeymoon and has Hurricane Matthew to thank.

0c5e14eba92148e59eb320770c36a2d9“There are worse places to be stuck,” Amanda Dance admitted.

That is the attitude Amanda and Justin Dance are sticking with, stranded away from their Midlothian home on their honeymoon in Antigua.

“We were supposed to leave at 11 o’clock today, this afternoon, and we found out yesterday morning that we weren’t going to be able to leave,” Dance said.

The couple remains stuck until Monday, despite never experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Matthew. But with the destruction in Florida, their flights are grounded.

6397e1543d394baa9f7ae0cf4e26f1a4Thursday night, we introduced you to a Richmond man who begged his family to leave their Florida home. Friday, they are thankful they did after their home suffered major damage.

Now, Matthew has its sights set on South Carolina.

“We decided to stick it out,” said Kelly Housaman, who has family in Richmond but is riding out the storm in Bluffton, South Carolina.

“We have a plan A, B and C, so right now we are at my parent’s house,” Housaman said. “My parents, they live on a lake, so if that gets too high and we need to get out of here we are going to go to my house and hope for the best and then if we really really need to we can go ahead and get out of dodge.”

Their area is under a mandatory evacuation and Housaman says some, but not all, have heeded that warning.

“We have about half of our neighborhood still there, and we are actually at my parents house right now and probably about a quarter of those people are still here,” said Housaman.

Housaman says some streets that usually flood during bad storms are already flooding, but the bad part is the worse of Matthew hasn’t even reached them yet.

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