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Trinis ride out storm in closet

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Trinidadian who evacuated her Clearwater, Florida, home to flee Hurricane Irma still ended up facing the storm’s fury yesterday.

Glenda Maiden and her family woke up to a tornado warning in Davenport, Florida, at a safe haven house. Maiden, husband Scott and children Tristan, 8, and Zoe, 6, along with her 65-year-old mother, Sandra Bedasie, who lives nearby in Clearwater, evacuated from their community on advice of the authorities last Thursday as they live in an area deemed a flood zone. However. yesterday they were all forced to huddle into a closet in the master bedroom of a rented house praying.

“We woke up to the emergency alerts blaring on the phones this morning (yesterday) and hustled the kids and my mom to our safe area, which is an interior closet in the master bedroom,” Maiden said

“Right now it’s raining and the winds are picking up. We are trying to cook all the frozen food in the house before power goes out. I think we’re as prepared as we’re going to be.”

Maiden said about ten other family members, including her brother, were at their home just off Madeira Beach and were safe so far.

“They are hunkering down there. They have boarded up their house with plywood on the windows.

“They have four kids and other relatives with them. It was too many to evacuate but they are doing fine for now,” she said, adding that while they were able to stock up on emergency items and foodstuff, there was difficulty getting gas as most stations ran out of fuel ahead of the hurricane.

Another T&T national, Cindy McNeal, who is currently in Boynton Beach, Florida, one mile from the coast, was up to yesterday unreachable as there was a power outage in that area.

On Thursday she had told the T&T Guardian she believed there was no need for to evacuate as her house is very strong and had survived a category 3 hurricane in the past.


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