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Kentucky Museum, Parks Roll Out Welcome Mat to Irma Evacuees

National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green knows a thing or two about natural disasters, having experienced a massive sinkhole in 2014.  Now the museum is offering a hand to Florida residents trying to escape Hurricane Irma. 

The museum off I-65 is opening its parking lots for cars, trailers, and RVs.  The offer is extended to anyone, not just Corvette owners. 

Ken Herald and his wife were visiting the museum Thursday.  The couple from Fort Meyers, Florida was headed to Indianapolis to stay with relatives.  While they won’t be camping out at the museum, Herald says he appreciates the gesture."Governor Scott was on TV today and they showed Interstates 75 and 95 gridlocked," Herald told WKU Public Radio.  "There's thousands of campers and motor homes with nowhere to go. If they could find out about this, it would be fantastic."

The museum decided to open its parking lots after learning that hotels were filling up in Georgia and that many evacuees were traveling further north to find refuge. 

Florida residents trying to avoid Hurricane Irma have another option in Kentucky.  State parks are giving a 25 percent discount on lodging.  That offer is extended through Tuesday.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows the Category 5 storm could make landfall in Florida Sunday morning.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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