Quebec exiles under the sun of Florida have completed the final preparations on Saturday before facing the hurricane Isaias in this State already battered by the COVID-19.
“For Quebec, it may seem very risky, but the Floridiens are accustomed to hurricanes and seem to be very quiet. It is sure that with the pandemic, it is a little more stressful “, said Marie Poupart, author and contributor to the Journal, who now lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
The center of hurricane of category 1 (out of 5) did considerable damage to Puerto Rico, the dominican Republic and the Bahamas in the night from Friday to Saturday.
Before you arrived in Florida, Isaias has done the damage in the dominican Republic.
Isaias, who has been downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm on Saturday night blew up maximum winds of up to 110 kilometres an hour to 17 h and emerged above the strait of Florida between the archipelago of the Keys and Cuba.
The national hurricane Center said the storm would grow and become a hurricane during the night [last] approaching the south-east of Florida before moving to the east coast of the peninsula.
Saturday, John Boutin, owner of the hotel Windjammer Resort, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, was finalizing preparations before the arrival ofIsaias.
“Employees picked up the ground and anything that could fly, such as chairs, garbage cans and umbrellas “, he explained.
A season bitter
John Boutin, hotel.
Fortunately, Mr. Boutin did not need to evacuate the few clients of his hotel… at least, not this time.
For the business man originally from Sherbrooke, the hurricane season is a stress that adds to the last few difficult months.
“For the moment, this is not so bad. But the months of August and September are always the most active. Hoping that it’s going to be quiet this year because we have already had our share of problems “, he started, referring to the low traffic of tourists because of the COVID-19.
Hospitals already overwhelmed
The passage ofIsaias arrives at the worst time for Florida, which has become one of the epicenters of the pandemic COVID-19 in the United States.
Governor Ron DeSantis did not expect to many of the evacuations, but announced that the hospitals, already overwhelmed because of the coronavirus, may have to move patients as a function of power outages and flooding.
If the evacuations become necessary, this could pose a health problem, as it will be difficult to abide by the guidelines of social distancing in the shelters.
Florida has also had to close screening centres, often developed in one of the tents, in anticipation of the arrival of the hurricane. The screening centres of the counties, which are less numerous than those managed by the State, will remain open.
“If you can’t afford to take the test and that you do not know that one is sick, there is more risk of spreading the virus,” suggested Mary Poupart.
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Mary Poupart, who manages the page Facebook Florida of Mary and works at the Newspaper, has been full of gas for his generator.
Not ” hurricane party “
The citizens of Florida have the habit of getting together when there are hurricanes. This year, everyone will have to face the storm at home.
“Normally, people make a “hurricane party”. They gather in a single house for the party, eat, monitor the weather and listen to the media. The hurricanes are an excuse to get together, just like during the ice storm in Quebec, ” said Ms. Poupart.
It is hoped that the Floridiens will listen to the authorities, who ask firmly to avoid this tradition.
– With AFP