The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on September 18, 1989 · 12
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 12

Miami, Florida
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Monday, September 18, 1989
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- -i 3 'am m MONDAY SEPTEMBER 13 19S9 THE MIAMI HERALD HURRICANE HUGO Some Puerto Ricans slow to prepare for hurricane’s possible destruction By CARLOS HARRISON Herald Staff Wnter SAN JUAN Puerto Rico — The first heavy winds were hitting Puerto Rico late Sunday after a hectic day during which police and National Guard troops met some public resistance to massive evacuations In Piflones a poor Oceanside neighborhood of 3000 people in the San Juan area many people were reluctant to leave Sunday afternoon Esperanza Tapia Pisano 51 was not one of them ‘Tve seen the sea — not in a hurricane just a storm — sweep over the dunes to within 10 feet of the house I’m not staying” Pisano said She sat reading the 32nd Psalm on the porch of a concrete house her home for 23 years 40 yards from the sea She and her husband 71 had packed two large plastic JC Penney bags with clothing and food for a two- or three-day stay at the Cole-gio Regional de Carolina a branch of the University of Puerto Rico It was not all going well Volunteers motored around San Juan in sound trucks urging people to evacuate Many were ready to go but the transportation was not Efrain Santos assistant director of Civil Defense in Piflones called headquarters downtown wondering why evacuation buses had not arrived as scheduled by 2 pm “The drivers are eating lunch They’ll be there in an hour or two” he was told But by Sunday evening San Juan and most of Puerto Rico appeared fi- ‘Extreme damage’ predicted on island HUGO FROM 1A borne projectiles” In two or three days forecasters at the hurricane center should have some idea when or if Hugo might reach the US mainland Computer estimates Sunday projected its course only to Wednesday in the southern Bahamas but those pro- jections could be off by a few hundred miles On Sunday the Leeward Islands of Guadeloupe Montserrat Antigua Dominica St Martin and St Kitts were not much concerned with what happens next On Sunday they saw their worst storm since 1979 when Hurricane David virtually demolished Dominica Early today it looked certain that Puerto Rico would have its worst hurricane since Betsy in 1956 As the first gale winds and bands of rainstorms reached Puerto Rico casualty and damage reports trickled sporadically out of the other islands on the northeastern rim of the Caribbean Most communication outlets were out of commission Details were unavailable and rumors uncheckable Radio Caribe Internationale re- ported five dead in Guadeloupe Ga-brielle Carabin mayor of Le Moule on the northwest side of the butterfly-shaped island said on Radio Caribe that two people were killed there She gave no details The airport radio antenna at Pointe-a-Pitre capital city of Guadeloupe was knocked down as the hurricane blew in at a steady 140 mph with stronger gusts National Hurricane Center forecasts said no influential atmospheric forces were near enough to steer Hugo off its course toward southern Puerto Rico Hugo is forecast to return to the Atlantic Ocean this afternoon at the northwest comer of Puerto Rico then go toward Cabo Samana on the Dominican Republic’s north coast Hurricane warnings were issued there from Puerto Plata to Monte-cristi on the north coast and La Romans to Cancedo on the south with hurricane watches in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands Before midnight Sunday St Croix felt the hurricane’s full blast and eastern Puerto Rico began feeling hurricane-force gusts Just after midnight Saturday the eye of the hurricane banged ashore near the village of St Francois on Guadeloupe a French resort island with a population of 337000 It covered most of Grand Terre the flat-land eastern half of the island and the northern third of Basse Terre the mountainous western half “There’s nothing left of St Francois” Mayor Ernest Moutoussamy said on Radio Caribe Internationale "Aside from a few houses almost all the rest were destroyed" Jocelyne Vandvurdenghe a French government officer on the island of Martinique said 80 people were reported injured in Guadeloupe La Meynard Hospital in Martinique dispatched 10 doctors to Guadeloupe Two 30-member teams of rescue workers and firefighters were flying from Paris to provide shelter for the homeless restore electric service and unblock roads Catholic Air announced in Paris it CW GRIFFIN Miami Herald Staff AWAITING STORM: Esperanza Tapia Pisano reads the Bible as husband Gregorio Rivera waits for a bus to take them to shelter nally to be taking the threat of Hurricane Hugo seriously The normally bustling center of Avenida Piflero in Puerto Nuevo was desolate The wind was still a soft light breeze Nearby a refuge had been established at a high school for 1200 students Sunday night it held 34 evacuees who left homes they fear are in the path of flood waters or are too frail to withstand the hurricane “They say there’s a wind of 147 miles an hour” said Francisco Xavier Velez of the neighborhood of Monacillos “I live in a little wood house Imagine it will just fly I “ X : v N - 5 ' i i ' i' I RUN FOR IT: People dash for the was sending clothes water food and blankets in coordination with the Red Cross The US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance sent communications teams to Antigua and Barbados to determine relief needs Reports that as many as 70 people were killed or injured in Guadeloupe and its outlying dependencies of De-sirade and Marie-Galante could not be confirmed Sunday said Jean-Claude Roure a government official on Martinique which lay safely south of the dangerous storm Roure said he heard from his counterpart in Guadeloupe that De-sirade was damaged the worst but no details were known “Three thousand homeless people have been identified” Roure said in a France-Info Radio interview relayed from Paris “Since people cannot move around and nearly all communications are cut it is possible that there is some information that has not been communicated” Amateur radio operators helped maintain communications with the areas hit by Hugo said Rafael Estevez president of the International Society of Amateur Radio Operators in Miami ’ All through a frightening Saturday night and Sunday morning Estevez was in contact with ham radio operator Luis Alfonso who rode out Hurricane Hugo on battered Antigua “You could hear the wind howling in the background" Estevez said “It was unbelievable” Alfonso reported Hugo tore the roofs from about 15 percent of the homes Many power lines were toppled he said Norman Wathey a broadcaster on the island of St Martin said the hurricane’s eye was passing to the south There were reports of roofs blown off trees uprooted and utility lines downed Wathey said he monitored radio reports of widespread flooding and property damage on Antigua about 35 miles north of Guadeloupe In the British dependency of Montserrat northwest of Guadeloupe Joe Dominique of Radio Antilles said the storm blew down trees and ripped away galvanized rooftops in Plymouth the capital There was no word from Dominica an underdeveloped island with a population of 80000 30 miles south of Guadeloupe The first victim Jn Puerto Rico away Velez had taken shelter with his young wife and 1-month-old son in one of the school’s small classrooms where metal shutters cover the windows The evacuees’ names are marked in white chalk on the classrooms’ bare concrete floor Those are the spaces where army cots will be set up for them to sleep Another evacuee Carmen Lopez Perez 59 had come from her home in the Reparto Metropolitano neighborhood with her husband Jose 72 Their home of 26 years sits on a hillside in the path of flood waters In a small rain the canal cut to disperse a TOJJ'JWJ- '""WU'i"! --It - V ft) ‘S - v 33U 'yl Sills' lU t'-'" I 'A y V V Y — ‘ J XV V car after packing to evacuate the La HURRICANEIHUGOi Atlantic Ocean s o i BAHAMAS Miami t OOM1NCAN REPUBLIC Vs cuSaN JAMAICA HArn 80°W DOMINICAN Atlantic Ocean REPUBLIC PUERTO an Juan 7 RICO ( wv SL 5 Ponce Guayama - Eye of hurricane expected to hit here this morning Damage may be worst to the east near Humacao to LEEWARD ISLANDS Caribbean Sea 66 W 64W 62‘W 70’W 68W 66 W 64W (The iighter outer bands of the hurricane was Antonio Alago Gonzalez 51 of Utuado in the island’s central area Police said he touched a power line and was electrocuted while removing the television antenna from his roof Disaster preparation agencies expected the strongest winds to hit early today in Puerto Rico near Humacao an east-end city 34 miles from San Juan Humacao with a population of about 20000 is the center of a district whose total population is estimated at 50000 to 60000 Herald stuff writer Paul Shukov-sky contributed to this report which includes information from wire service dispatches j those waters often overflows “With just a rain the water comes up to the steps of the house With a hurricane imagine” she said “We closed our house and will see what GodwiUs" They like so many Puerto Ricans have no insurance on their homes or belongings Commercial artist David Torres 55 of the neighborhood of Hato Rey said he came to the shelter from his third-floor apartment because “here we are safe 1 have glass from ceiling to floor I put up tape but I didn’t feel safe" He said he had thought of staying until a fireman explained that tape gave security only to his mind The evacuees carried their belongings in small plastic bags A change of clothing was aU that most carried At the same time civil defense radio reports said that in Humacao a low coastal zone on the eastern shore evacuation efforts were suspended because the winds were too fierce Four homes had already been blown apart But in San Juan where no wind blew Esteban Ortiz 24 continued his duties at PR Gasolina a self-serve gas station From inside the glass booth he said: “We’re staying open straight through But I leave at 10 Then someone else comes That’s the one who needs to worry” Herald staff writer Paul Shukov-sky contributed to this report V ihm ' ¥ v ig- ’ 4 4 CW GRIFFIN Miami Herald Staff Peria neighborhood of San Juan 3 HUGO AT A GLANCE longitude 646 W Latitude 174 N Date 91789: Time Midnight EDT Velocity MPH 140 Movement MPH 9 Direction W-NW from Miami 1156 mi 30°N 25°N REGINALD MYERS Miami Herald Staff Pointe-a-Pitre -Airport control tower knocked out 100 y MILES SL Francois -Mayor says town all but wiped out 16N GUADELOUPE Sdominica Cl MARTINIQUE T-ST LUCIA 14N fr&yw 62‘W it GOW 58'W represent less intense wind and rain ) REGINALD MYERS Miami Herald Stall Tropical Storm Iris forms in the Atlantic A new tropical storm named Iris formed Sunday night in the Atlantic Ocean from the 12th tropical depression of the hurricane season The National Hurricane Center announced that at midnight Iris was at latitude 121 and longitude 542 a location 1938 miles from Miami and 791 miles southeast of where Hugo stood in the Caribbean Top wind speed was estimated at 40 miles per hour Computer projections estimated that Iris would enter the Caribbean on Wednesday through the southern Windward Islands near Grenada MAJOR FORECLOSURE AUCTION Spinnaker Point Condominium Development And Rental Complex Commonly Known as Mariner's Village ” One of New Hampshire's targets Planned Unit Developments " AT MARKET STREET & CIRCUIT ROAD PORTSMOUTH NEW HAMPSHIRE Auction to be held on site i I tWi AAVI 3 IXM MORTGAGED PROPERTY TO BE SOLD IN ITS ENTIRETY Approximately 670 Existing Units 121± Acres 1 2 or 3 Bedrooms with 1 2 or 3 Baths (Approximately 554 to 1545 Sq Ft) 2500± Sq Ft Clubhouse Sales Center Approximately 330 Units Currently Rented Only 50 Miles North of Boston in Fast Growing Seacoast Area TERMS: $500000 Cash Certified check or its equivilent deposit 21 day closing CfiLL FOR INFORMATION PfiCKfiGE & VIDEO ABSOLUTE Lighting Fixtures Equipment Supplies Tract & Custom Lighting & More 3S16 NE IstAve (Miami Design Center) Miami Auction to be conducted on the premises 1TAJV15WEDNESDAYSEETEMBER'27 DEVELOPER’S CLOSE-OUT 30 LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS LAKE PIKELOCH VILLAGE 1200 East Michigan Street ORLANDO FLORIDA 1st Ten Condos to be Sold at ABSOLUTE AUCTION to the Highest Bidder Regardless of Price! Auction to be conducted on the premises tK A t ! t vm a I a 'w FEATURES: Many Lakeside Views 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Units Units Range from 1300± to 1460± Square Feet Close-Out Sale-272 Units Already Purchased 3 BROKER PARTICIPATION 30± PRIME ACRES Zoned: R3-MH-2 ( Residential Apartments or Mobile Home Park) TAMPA FLORIDA IMPROVED WITH A 30 SPACE MOBILE HOME PARK Located in the Heavily Traveled Tampa 1-75 Highway 301 Corridor IN COOPERATION WITH Target Auction & Land CO PO Box 930 Bessemer Alabama ABSOLUTE ' Two Prime Properties-Two Days DAY 1 NATIONALLY KNOWN VOSTERS NURSERIES ENTIRE CONTENTS & REAL ESTATE ALL EQUIPMENT & PLANTS TO BE SOLD AT ABSOLUTE AUCTION 17555 Krome Avenue Homestead Existing Fully Equipped Nursery Zoned Agricultural Auction to be conducted on the premises REAL ESTATE: 40± Acres of Prime Nursery Land Zoned Agricultural Fully Equipped Green Houses DAY 2 17000 Old Cutler Rd South Miami Auction to be conducted on the premises OAMSATURDAY:Q?rOBER14 REAL ESTATE: 10± Prime Acres Land Zoned For Single Family Development Surrounded by Upscale Residential Communities Legal Counsel for Vosters Nurseries Inc: Tew Jorden Schultes & Beasley Secluded Waterfront Estate Picturesque 37 Acre -Secured Park-Like Grounds With a Private Peninsula & Drive 19 St James Place Freeport Bahamas Auction to be held at the Hotel Intercontinental Miami RWSATURDAY7 OGTQBER28 7300± Sq Ft 4 BR7 BA Tennis Court Servant's Wing 1100' Seawall Weight Building Pool 6 Zone AC Sport Fishing & Diving Offshore Water Purification System 2 Car Garage w Storage 7 RTJrWFlJ PARTTriPATTOM XI if :j a U ’ I BER’2 r 'il 1

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