Snowstorms are nothing like a roaring Category 4 hurricane. The Canadian tourists didn't know what to do.
A trio of sister-in-laws have roamed Indian Rocks Beach asking anyone they could find — other tourists, locals, anyone they saw — for advice. Where should they go? What should they buy? How should they prepare?
The women and their husbands, who stayed back at the Sand Castle II condo listening to music, were asked to leave by Saturday.
"We as tourists, we don't know what to do. We know how to deal with snow," said Rose Fiore, 60, of Toronto. "We've been walking the beach every day asking people, 'Where do we go?' "
Since Tuesday, they've met Irishmen, Scots, fellow Canadians from Montreal, Ohioans and locals from inland Pinellas along their seaside journeys.
Carla Fiore, 58, of Toronto researched how feasible going to a shelter would be. Then she read the list of what to bring.
"You're thinking, 'How am I going to bring a mattress, for God sake?' " she said. In Canada, the army provides cots.
Disappointed at the lack of information available for tourists, they now plan to go stay with friends in Odessa.
"It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation," Rose Fiore said.