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Fleeing Floridians make stops in Chattanooga, but many hotels are already sold out

Hundreds of evacuees stopped at the Welcome Center in East Ridge to get a break

Many fleeing Floridians are passing through the NewsChannel 9 viewing area to get out of Irma's path.

Hundreds of evacuees stopped at the Welcome Center in East Ridge for a break from the car.

Maurice Overhaolt says the traffic has been bumper to bumper.

Dean Hix said, "It took us 14 hours to get to Atlanta. Normally it takes eight hours."

Rosemary Colver says there's barely anywhere to stop and snooze when drivers get tired.

"No where to stay all through Georgia," she said. "So, we just sort of rested a little bit and kept driving."

"You just start going down the road trying to find some place," Hix said. "But, with dogs it's harder."

Many local hotels say the challenge in Chattanooga is tougher, because of all of the people in town for this weekend's Ironman triathlon.

The Chattanooga hotels we talked to today said they were booked through Tuesday.

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