Two local RI residents caught in Florida during Hurricane Matthew

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hurricane Matthew has battered the coast of Florida but two Rhode Islanders say the areas of the sunshine state they’re in weren’t among those hit the hardest.

Marc Gauthier and his wife are visiting Orlando from Lincoln. They described bumper to bumper traffic heading West out of the city.

Former Bristol resident Hannah Lombardo says she had to go to three different gas stations before she was able to fill up Gainesville.

Overall, central Florida seemed to be spared the brunt of the storm.