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Florida mother and daughter get unexpected trip to Youngstown

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WARREN, Ohio -

When Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida, a Boca Raton mother and daughter were looking to get out of the storm's path and find a safe haven. 

They never expected to end up in Trumbull County.

With every flight fully booked, Rebekah Acosta was ready to go back home when a charter company told her that a plane going to Ohio had just one passenger and she and her daughter, Zurych, were welcome to come along. So they met Michael Marshall and flew out of harm's way to Youngstown.

The plane was chartered by businessman Paul Marshall, a native of Warren, who hired the plane to get his brother Michael out of Florida before Irma came calling.

Acosta says she was a little nervous at first about getting on a plane with someone she had just met. "I'm really glad I did. I met some incredible people in the process; the Marshall family with their generosity, and their compassion. The hospitality has just been amazing. I'm grateful for my safety and grateful for them," said Acosta.

Her new friends also paid for her first night of lodging at the Avalon Inn, where she found flowers and a stocked refrigerator in her room.  

The news from Boca Raton is good too, Acosta says her home was not damaged.  She and her daughter will be flying home on Thursday.  

They say they probably would never have seen Ohio if not for this experience.  Now they are hoping for a return visit with the Marshall's and have an extended an invitation to them if they are ever near Boca Raton. 

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