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Hurricane Irma forces Northeast Ohio couple to cancel Florida beach wedding

Posted: 3:00 PM, Sep 08, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-08 19:00:04Z

Hurricane Irma has forced millions of people to cancel or change plans as the storm barrels toward Florida.

Tracey Baranowski and her fiancé had their bags packed to head to south Florida on a flight Saturday, ready for their dream beach wedding on Anna Marie island, just off the coast.

But as much as a bride-to-be plans her big day, nothing can stop Mother Nature’s plans.

“Everything had to be canceled,” Baranowski said. “Very disappointed, but it’s not anybody’s fault. There is no control over it. I’ll bounce back, we’ll get through it. At least we’re safe.”

Baranowski’s condo rental called this week and told them they were forced to cancel their reservation because of safety concerns. Flights to Tampa have also been canceled. Baranowski said her vendors and venues have been helpful in canceling reservations and refunding their money. She's keeping a close eye on weather reports as they still have family in Florida.

Now, the Wadsworth couple is on to Plan B — planning for a rescheduled springtime wedding in Ohio.

“Some people say, ‘Oh, it could be a sign that it's not mean to be,’ but no, I think it’ll be even better when it does happen now,” Baranowski said.