Arizona native recently moved to Florida in the eye of Hurricane Irma

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When Arizona native Phillip Pierce moved to Florida recently, he never expected he'd come face to face with Mother Nature in such an extreme way. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) When Arizona native Phillip Pierce moved to Florida recently, he never expected he'd come face to face with Mother Nature in such an extreme way. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

An Arizona native, who just moved to Florida four weeks ago, is now dealing with being in the eye of Hurricane Irma. 

“The gusts we're starting to get right now is [sic] starting to rock and sway me just a bit. The only similar thing we have in Arizona is monsoon. However, with this situation here, it's a bit more of a safety concern,” said Phillip Pierce.

[RELATED: Phoenix Fire team arrives in Orlando for Irma response]

When Arizona native Pierce moved to Florida recently, he never expected he'd come face to face with Mother Nature in such an extreme way.

“As it became more certain that it was going to pass over where I am right now in Bradenton, Florida, I actually got really nervous because I was like oh my goodness what will this be like." 

Pierce had the option to come back home to Arizona but he said he wanted to stay to help.

[RELATED: Irma: 'Imminent danger of life-threatening' storm surges up to 15 feet]

"I'd rather be here to serve people than to fly away." 

And that's what he did. He's spent the last few days helping others gather supplies and install metal hurricane shutters. He's helped others so much, he forgot his own supplies and was only able to grab a few snacks.

“Vitamin water and Doritos. A $4 bag of Doritos so I think it’s probably the most expensive Doritos we've ever bought and it will probably be the best tasting Doritos.”

[RELATED: What it's like to live in the path of a hurricane]

Even as we talked, the winds picked substantially indicating the wrath of Irma was getting closer, but Pierce said he's at peace.

"At first, I was really scared last night the winds started to pick up and I was like this is happening, Irma is on her way but you know I went for a walk outside and just kinda realized that whatever happens will happen.”

At about 7:45 MST, Pierce said he lost all power.  He says so far, he’s OK and ready to help with clean-up and recovery efforts once Irma passes. 

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LiAna EnriquezLiAna Enriquez is a native of Arizona. She attended Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona.

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