‘Just take deep breaths’: 9-year-old rides out Hurricane Ian with family

Nine-year-old Lila Lehaie talks with ABC News Live about riding out Hurricane Ian with her family in Seminole, Florida.
4:35 | 09/29/22

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Transcript for ‘Just take deep breaths’: 9-year-old rides out Hurricane Ian with family
 ♪ ♪ ♪ WE ARE MONITORING LIVE PICTURES FROM ALL KINDS OF CAMERAS PUT UP ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA AS WE FOLLOW OUR BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE HERE OF HURRICANE. THAT MONSTER STORM, FIRST MAKING LANDFALL JUST AFTER 3:00 EASTERN TIME IS A CATEGORY FOUR STORM. >> AND IAN IS LASHING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WITH CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE AND WINDS UP TO 130 MILES PER HOUR AS IT MOVES INLAND AND ACROSS THE FLORIDA PENINSULA, ALL THE WAY TO JACKSONVILLE AND UP THE ATLANTIC COAST. JOINING US NOW IS THE LAW A FAMILY. VANESSA AND TIM ARE RIDING OUT THE HURRICANE IN SEMINOLE, FLORIDA. THAT'S IN THE GREATER TAMPA BAY AREA. ST. PETE, TAMPA BAY. GUYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. TELL US WHAT IT IS LIKE THERE AND HOW YOU ARE DOING. >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. RIGHT, NOW IT IS PRETTY CALM BUT WE HAVE SEEN THE WINDS KIND OF RAMP UP AS THE EVENING HAS GONE ON, SO WE KNOW THAT WE ARE IN STORE FOR A LONGER NIGHTS. >> WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO STILL HAVE POWER AT THIS POINT DURING THE DAY. >> YOU HAVE A NINE YEAR OLD, RIGHT? A NINE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER? >> YES, WE DO. >> WHERE IS SHE? HAS SHE BEEN ASKING QUESTIONS AND WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN TELLING HER? >> SHE IS JUST HANGING OUT AROUND THE CORNER. SHE IS BEING KIND OF SILLY RIGHT NOW. SHE IS JUST VERY BORED. SHE WILL POP OVER. >> COLOR TO COME OVER WITH YOU GUYS AND WE WILL MAKE SURE SHE IS NOT BORED. WE WILL INTERVIEW HER RIGHT HERE ON ABC NEWS LIVE. SHE CAN TELL US WHAT IT IS. LIKE WHAT IS HER NAME? >> HER NAME IS LILA. >> ALL RIGHT, TELL US WHAT IT HAS BEEN LIKE? I KNOW IT IS KIND OF HARD BEING BOARDED UP THERE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR HOURS ON AND. I'M VERY SORRY ABOUT THAT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO TRY TO PASS THE TIME WITH MOM AND DAD? >> I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CONVINCE THEM TO PLAY ON THE SWITCH WITH ME. >> [LAUGHS] >> BASSETT! >> THERE YOU GO! >> YOU HAVE BEEN EATING A LOT OF HALLOWEEN CANDY. >> HOPEFULLY, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO SOME TRICK-OR-TREATING, MY DEAR, BEFORE NOT TOO LONG. >> WHAT HAVE YOUR PARENTS TOLD YOU ABOUT THIS STORM? IT IS A SERIOUS CONVERSATION, RIGHT? HAVE A TALK TO YOU ABOUT SAFETY AND HOW YOU NEED TO BE REALLY CAREFUL RIGHT NOW? >> YEAH. THEY TOLD ME NOT TO WORRY BECAUSE WE HAVE HURRICANE-PROOF WINDOWS. BUT JUST TO BE CAREFUL, THEY SAID TO KEEP A FLASHLIGHT NEAR YOU AND KEEP ALL OUR DEVICES CHARGED. >> THERE YOU GO! ALL RIGHT, MOM AND DAD, YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! >> GOOD JOB. ARE YOU SCARED AT ALL? >> NOW. I THINK I CAN GET THROUGH THIS. WE WILL MAKE IT OUT ALIVE. >> I TELL YOU WHAT. I NEED HER AT MY HOUSE TO CALM ME DOWN! [LAUGHS] SHE IS CALM, COOL, AND COLLECTED. >> THIS IS THE CALMEST SHE HAS BEEN ALL DAY. SHE HAS BEEN PRETTY ANTSY. >> WELL, WE HAVE GIVEN HER SOMETHING TO DO, TALK TO US ON LIVE TELEVISION. >> SHE'S A NATURAL! >> YOU GUYS ACTUALLY RODE OUT HURRICANE IRMA, RIGHT? >> YES. YES, WE DID. AND SHE WAS A LITTLE YOUNGER THAN, BUT WE HAD SOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT NEEDED SHELTER AS WELL AND WE KIND OF HUDDLED. IRMA ACTUALLY GAVE US A POWER LOSS OF ABOUT SEVEN DAYS OR SO. SO, THEY FORTIFIED THE INFRASTRUCTURE A LITTLE BETTER THIS TIME AROUND, WE ARE HOPING. WE DID WELL THROUGH THAT AS WELL. WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE. >> GREAT. AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE JUST AS FORTUNATE THIS TIME, THE AND TIM AND LILA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. GOOD LUCK. KEEP IN TOUCH. THE WORST IS PROBABLY STILL AHEAD FOR YOU RIGHT THERE. BUT YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE WELL SET AND YOUR DAUGHTER IS READY TO GO. >> GET AHEAD ON YOUR HOMEWORK! >> [LAUGHS] >> LILA, THIS IS THE PERFECT CHANCE TO GET AHEAD ON YOUR HOMEWORK. YOU WILL GET BACK TO CLASS AND ACE EVERYTHING. >> OKAY. >> SIR, SHE IS GOING TO DO

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