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UTC student riding out Hurricane Irma at Walt Disney World

UTC senior Tyler Phillips will stay at his internship with the Disney College Program during Hurricane Irma. His mother would rather he didn't. (Image: WTVC)

The threat of Hurricane Irma is scaring Florida residents enough to evacuate their homes, but not UTC student Tyler Phillips in Orlando.

Phillips, 22, a secondary-education senior at UTC, is an intern at the Disney College Program. He says the park is allowing employees to evacuate if they'd like but he decided it's not worth it to leave.

"I feel safe where I'm at," he said. "That's one thing I'm not worried about,"

Outside of his apartment window, the skies still looked blue on Friday, but according to News Channel 9's Storm Track 9 forecast, that could change by the weekend.

"I kinda have this weird feeling," Phillips said. "I'm not gonna worry about it. There's a plan for everything and gut is telling me not to worry about it."

You can't say the same for his mother, Heather.

"I would have definitely preferred to have had him home," she said. "I would have rather he headed north. Its very hard as a mother. Even though he's 22, he's 550 miles away."

More than 500 miles away from home, the UTC senior is on the road to experiencing his first ever hurricane.

The family has some close friends that live in the greater Orlando area, making them feel more comfortable about the situation.

On Friday, Walt Disney World announced their parks will close early on Saturday, with a plan to reopen Tuesday. Disney has closed it's doors just 4 times ever; three times for hurricanes and once to evacuate guests during the September 11th attacks.

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