Fil-Am Floridians brace for hurricane Dorian

Lenn Almadin-Thornhill, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2019 10:20 AM

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Filipino-Americans in Florida are among the many residents preparing early before hurricane Dorian hits their area over the weekend.

As of Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center, the slow moving storm looks to make landfall in the South Florida area where President Donald Trump’s beachfront resort Mar-a-Lago is located.

It is also where 22,000 Filipinos live, according to the 2010 US census.

Andrew Faldas' family has lived in Miami shores for more than 20 years and has seen their share of hurricanes.

“Two times--Wilma and Irma-- and my parents had to suffer the aftermath of hurricane Andrew. But I know this house is pretty strong, it survived 3 hurricanes already. Few trees blew down already. But our house is at tiptop shape at the moment because my parents know what to do when the hurricane is about to come,” Faldas said.

Faldas said they already heeded officials’ calls to prepare and got their supplies even before stores looked like this.

Vangie Hagen in Tampa said they still have to get some essentials.

“We went to the store yesterday, three times, there is no water, in any stores. So, today, we’ll try again if we can find any water today,” she said.
 
Forecasters expect the storm to reach category 4 over the weekend with winds at more than 130 miles per hour. As of Friday, the National Hurricane Center expects it will hit Florida as early as Sunday morning.

The most recent devastating storm to hit Florida was hurricane Michael last year which decimated towns like Panama City, where many Filipinos live.

According to Philippine Embassy officials in Washington DC who are monitoring the storm, there are more than 143,000 individuals of Filipino origin in Florida.

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