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The Real Housewives of Miami's Lisa Hochstein Addresses the Controversy Surrounding Her Hurricane Irma Evacuation
The #RHOM mom has been criticized for a recent social media post.
The Real Housewives of Miami's Lisa Hochstein has found herself embroiled in controversy after posting about her family's evacuation before Hurricane Irma hit Florida.
Lisa shared the above photo of herself, her husband Lenny Hochstein, their 2-year-old son Logan, and their two dogs boarding a private jet as they made their way out of Miami prior to the storm's arrival over the weekend. Many commenters took offense to the image, according to PEOPLE.
One of those people seemed to be Lisa's onetime RHOM pal Joanna Krupa. "All those A holes posting and showing off w their private jets in Miami, why don't u offer help families and animals that can't get out?" Joanna tweeted. "Otherwise stop posting and showing off when people and animals are being left behind during this catastrophic hurricane. Idiots!"
Lisa addressed the criticism in an update to her initial Instagram post, which has since been deleted but can be found in the below screenshots. She said that the post was meant as a way to keep her loved ones updated on her family's well-being during the hurricane.
A screenshot of Lisa's Instagram post, which has since been deleted.
Lisa also explained why she and her family had to fly private to escape the hurricane, saying that they "waited until the last minute" to evacuate because they didn't realize the extent of the storm at first. "Although it's no ones business we were not the only ones in this plane. Every seat was occupied and my son had to sit in my lap. There were no commercial flights out of Miami at this point. EVERYONE IS POSTING ON [social media] about how they escaped! This happens to be mine and I don't need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO," Lisa wrote on Instagram. "We also did not have paper work for our dogs to fly commercial as every vet was closed and every flight was booked and there is no way in hell we would leave them behind. Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us."
Lisa continued to detail her evacuation in this screenshot of her Instagram post.
Lisa then told her haters to hold their judgment. "Anyone with nasty comments needs to back off get off my page and worry about yourself and how you can help others instead if wasting your energy on attacking me," she wrote.
Lisa thanked her loved ones for their kindness and concern during this tough time in the Instagram post (screenshot above).
The RHOM mom ended her note by showing her gratitude for everyone who has been there for her family during this difficult time. "THANK YOU to all of my family and friends who have reached out to help, offer a place to stay, offer help to get out of Miami or just checked on us! And I'm sorry if I haven't gotten back to all of you! But I will," she wrote. "I'm praying for everyone who already has been devastated by this hurricane and pray that Somehow by a miracle Florida is not hit so hard. We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan. And YES we let some friends stay at our home because it's a little safer then theirs! They will be fine!!! Material things can be replaced lives cannot."
"Material things can be replaced lives cannot," Lisa wrote on Instagram, which you can view in the screenshot, above.
Lisa updated fans on Tuesday that she and her family have returned to their home in Miami safe and sound. "We're so happy to return to Miami a city that has given us so much and that we are proud to call home," Lisa wrote in a note posted on Instagram. "We will be making a donation to the United Way of Miami to aid in hurricane relief and encourage our family and friends to as well."
To help those affected by Hurricane Irma go to redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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