Tampa Bay residents worry about family in Hurricane Matthew's path

Posted at 4:46 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 16:46:20-04

Owners at The Taste of the Islands Restaurant in St. Petersburg kept the Weather Channel on throughout the busy lunch rush to check on Hurricane Matthew as it approached Jamaica.

Zack Arscott, owns the small restaurant off 34th Street — while his family runs the same restaurant in Jamaica.

“Right now my family is not in danger,” he emphasized, as rain on the eastern part of the island expects 5 to 10 inches of rain.

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Arscott’s family stays in central Jamaica, where heavy rain can still be devastating, “that ain’t got much as it is already,” he said.

As of now, The Red Cross is already assisting Caribbean islands with evacuations and relief efforts ahead of landfall.

For Arscott, his biggest concern is what happens if he loses contact by cell phone with his family as cell reception is already limited.

"It looks like Haiti is the real concern," said Arscott.