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Florida couple vacation in Colorado amid Irma landfall

ESTES PARK, Colo. -- About two months into their RV adventure, Beverly and Larry Hacker found it a bit difficult to fully enjoy the Rocky Mountains.

Their stay in Colorado unexpectedly coincided with the stress of Hurricane Irma barreling through their home state.

“That hits close home,” Larry Hacker said.

The Hackers have been in constant contact with their children and grandchildren as the storm moved north along Florida’s west coast.

Some of their family members have sought shelter in the couple’s house near Orlando, Florida.

"We are about an hour and 15 minutes from the coast,” Beverly said. "We're up high. We've got a generator.”

The main concerns for the Hackers and many other families include broken windows and flying debris.

Powerful winds from the upper right section of the storm have been pounding their central Florida neighborhood.

"The track that this storm is taking is probably the worst track not withstanding a direct hit,” said Larry Hacker, who has lived through nine hurricanes.

A tornado-spawning hurricane in the mid-1980s blew the roof off the couple’s home, Larry Hacker said. They're hoping Irma's wrath will not be nearly as severe and that their grandchildren will stay calm.

“I'm worried about my grandkids because they've never been through this before,” Beverly Hacker said.

The Hackers said they will monitor conditions through Sunday night. They might be forced to cut their RV road trip short and return home.

Editor’s note: The Hackers are cousins of FOX31 reporter Michael Konopasek.