Grandma finds last-minute ticket to evacuate & escape Hurricane Irma

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Some Florida evacuees are making their way to Arizona to escape Hurricane Irma.

Dorothy Scott, 81, lives in a ground-floor condo in New Port Richey, Florida, about 3 miles from the beach.

She arrived at Sky Harbor Airport just after 7 p.m. Saturday thankful to be here, but regretting waiting so late to leave.

She panicked after realizing it wasn’t going to be easy to find a ride to the Tampa airport, which is about a 45-minute drive from her home.

Thankfully, she got out in time.

“I almost didn't make it to the airport. I was really on the edge,” said Scott.

Her daughters had been nagging her for several days to evacuate.

“Because I thought I knew better. I've lived in Florida for years,” said Scott.

Janine Altobelli is Scott’s daughter who lives in Phoenix and convinced her mom to stay with her. She said her sister bought their mom the last ticket on Southwest Flight 3549.

“That was our concern. You’re 81 years old and you live by yourself. You need to get out. Don’t play around,” said Altobelli.

Scott said most of the people in her condo had evacuated and she was one of the last ones to go.

“I'm so tired and so happy to be here.”

“It's iffy. I don't know what I'm going back to. I could go back to a totally ruined home,” said Scott.

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