Hochstein fired back at her critics in an update on the photo in question, telling them it was "none of your damn business" and explaining that there were other passengers on the plane.
The family originally wasn't going to evacuate, but made a decision to leave "when we realized that this thing wasn't slowing down".
"Every seat was occupied and my son had to sit in my lap", she wrote.
In the original caption, the reality star thanked her 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!"
Numerous commenters took offense to the image - which came amid sweeping evacuations across the state - including Hochstein's former co-star, Joanna Krupa.
"All those A-- posting and showing off w their private jets in Miami, why don't u offer help families and animals that can't get out?" She added, "Otherwise stop posting and showing off when people and animals are being left behind during this catastrophic hurricane".
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After she posted the image on Instagram, a torrent of criticism ensued.
"EVERYONE IS POSTING ON [social media] about how they escaped!"
"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", she continued. "Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us". "Anyone with nasty comments needs to back off get off my page and worry about yourself and how you can help instead if wasting your energy on attacking me". "I get evacuating. I don't however understand their need to be vapid a**holes".
"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".
Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday and was expected to bring wind and heavy rains to parts of Kentucky, the Carolinas, and Tennessee on Tuesday, according to ABC News.
According to ABC News, Hurricane Irma has caused at least 11 confirmed deaths in the United States and left almost 6.7 million people without power.
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