Local Mom Worried About Daughter in Hurricane`s Path

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MARYSVILLE -- FaceTiming with your daughter - not that unusual.

"Hi babe."

"Hi mom."

"Whatcha doing?"

FaceTiming with your only child - who's 24-hundred miles away - and about to weather her first hurricane, well that's something entirely different.

"We had some water left," said Alex Mazerolle.

"Did you fill up the bathtub," asked her mom Michelle.

"Yeah we filled up the bathtub... filled up the extra sinks."

Storing extra water - just some of the motherly advice Michelle Mazerolle has had to send to her baby across the miles from Marysville as Hurricane Matthew bears down on the eastern seaboard.

"We talked a little bit about winds ... um ... she's got a huge picture window in her apartment and I'm just like ... stay out of the living room," said Michelle.

Her baby Alex hasn't ever spent much time away from home.

She was a member of the FOX40 family until August 15th when she left California to work as a character at Walt Disney World in Florida.

She lives in Disney housing with two other hurricane novices.

The head mouse did deliver landline phones to each company apartment so that no one would be cut off if cell service goes down.

"I've had to talk myself into a couple of things. Um ... I think it's good she's on the second floor, but of course I fear alligators and she's basically in a swamp and she's surrounded by water," said Michelle.

"They let us out early today. Parks closed at 5. The park is closed ... um ... tomorrow and ... Disney hasn't closed their parks since 2004," Alex said.

And with 'Matthew,' the young, devastating man that's knocking at her daughter's door, Michelle is battling her own panic while trying to honor Alex's independence so she's in a mode of trust but verify.

"Let me see your flashlight," mom asked, looking for evidence of preparation.

PG&E crews from Auburn may be the ones to plug Alex back in if she, or any of the other 2.5 million people expected to lose power, do end up in the dark.

"It was pretty crazy," said Dan Barber.

Foreman Dan Barber's done this kind of work before having reconnected households desperate for power after Hurricane Sandy, but for him Florida brings it's own challenges.

"I'm more concerned about the environmental surroundings ... crocodiles or alligators or whatever," he admitted.

As for mom and daughter, each is trying to be strong for the other, but neither one will be able to do that well-rested.

Both say they'll be up all night watching what the news has to say about 'Matthew.'

"Ohhh I will definitely not be sleeping tonight," said Alex.