Florida residents brace for worst hurricane Tuesday Ian After he destroyed part of the island of Cuba.
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We went to our second home [située à Palmetto en Floride]It is concrete and has hurricane-resistant garage doors. We’ve gone up all the windows, so we feel a little safe, but it’s stressful,” says Jean-Benoit Girard, from Quebec who usually resides in Sarasota, in the same state.
For nearly a week, Florida residents have been preparing for the full force of the hurricane. Ian, It is now categorized as Category 3.
While the latter devastated Cuba, without causing casualties, it could be “fatal” when it passes through the southeastern US state, according to the country’s National Hurricane Center. Last night, winds of up to 200 km/h were expected.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency.
“The path changes a lot, but you have to be prepared, because when you are inside [dans l’ouragan]It’s too late,” adds Mr. Gerard, who is weathering the storm with two Quebec friends who also live in Florida.
Supplies and sandbags
To avoid being without water, food, or even electricity, Florida residents rushed to stores and gas stations to stock up on supplies.
Tuesday was a very busy day for Annie Lavigne and her family, who are in Saint Petersburg on the west coast of Florida.
“We were reluctant to stay or evacuate, but because hurricane windows were installed, we decided to weather the storm at home. We followed the recommendations: we had water, meals ready. We picked up all the things that could fly outside,” says the person who has lived in Florida for two years. eight years.
For Mrs. Lavigne’s mother, Jeanette Lavigne, the excitement is on point.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen this. We’re not used to hurricanes in Broussard,” she said over the phone.
While he has to return to his home in Florida, Bernard Daudromez, who has been vacationing in Quebec, fears that his Sarasota home will be found in disrepair.
“I have friends who care about checking my house for damages, but if something is major, I will have no choice but to drive home. Being away from home during this type of event is very worrying,” he drops nervously.
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