The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on September 19, 1989 · 99
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 99

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58 PAGES i TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19 1989 comwHcoprfigMcnwTtMmi Hid 25 CENTS Will it hit S Florida? Latest computers best minds still can’t say for sure By STEPHEN KDOIG Herald Staff Writer Thanks to modem satellites powerful weather radar spotter planes a global network of electronic data-gathering instruments and the latest computers the forecasters at the National Hurricane Center were able Monday to say this with certainty: Before the week is out Hurricane Hugo may hit South Florida — or Central Florida or North Florida or Georgia or the Carolinas or Or it could miss everybody Truth is not even a corps of highly experienced meteorologists using the best equipment can predict Hugo’s future path with any real accuracy beyond a couple of days “If we tried at this stage to say where Hugo will go we’d be wrong 95 times out of a hundred” Bob Sheets the director of the center in Coral Gables said Monday as he tracked the storm just north of Puerto Rica At the time Hugo was about 950 miles from Miami and moving generally in this direction at about 15 miles per hour If Hugo continued in the same direction at the same speed then South Florida could start feeling the storm by Thursday afternoon Predictions of Hugo’s future motion and speed have a lot of room for error The problem is that hurricanes have no means of propelling themselves Instead they are moved by the prevailing winds generated by weather systems that may be hun- PLEASESEE FUTURE 15A HUGO'SIMOSTIUKELYIPATH Hurricane Hugo’s most likely path would take it onshore Friday somewhere along the East Coast between North Florida and the Carolinas1 but a shift to the south could shit carry it to South Florida UNITED CANADA 1 A large high pressure area in the Northeast should keep Hugo along HUGO AT A GLANCE Longitude 673W Latitude 202N Date ' 91889 Time Midnight EDT Velocity MPH 110 Movement MPH 12 Direction NW From Miami 906 mi 40’ 35’ 30’ " 3 In 1965 Hurricane Betsy appeared to be heading out to sea - until high pressure in the North Atlantic pushed it south and west -X ' - j£V-BAHAMAS CUBA yrx JAMAICA""- " 2 The low pressure area over Georgia could attract Hugo which will follow the path of least resistance Atlantic Ocean Caribbean Sea Klw ir w IRIS AT A Longitude Latitude Date GLANCE 573W 177N 91889 Time 10:30 pm EDT Velocity MPH 60 Movement MPH 17 Direction NNW From Miami 1549 mi r 90 85 80 AFRICA i ' 25 15 Cape Verde Islands 10 SOUTH AMERICA 75 770 65’ 5 NOTE High and low pressure zones are tfiosa predicted lor noon today 40 35 30 ' SOURCE WeatherData Inc REGINALD MYERS DAN CLIFFORD Miami Herald Stall Pay close attention to reports of Hugo’s progress and location Check to make sure you have the necessary hardware for your storm shutters but don’t start putting up shutters or boarding windows yet If you live in a possible evacuation area near the coast or in a mobile home make arrangements now to stay with family or friends if it becomes necessary later Check storm supplies such as flashlights batteries portable radio canned food (including a nonelectric can opener) diapers and other baby supplies first aid kit water bottles and fire extinguishers Make a shopping list of what you might need Keep your car’s fuel tank reasonably full Boat owners should be ready to haul their boats inland or move larger boats to refuge areas as soon as a hurricane watch is issued 2 Refill any necessary medical prescriptions H If you have a gas barbecue make sure the gas bottle is full — you may need it for cooking Make sure trees and shrubbery are trimmed and clean up any piles of branches or other trash Will GETTING READY Broward residents stock up on supplies 16A UINE RANGErS ADVICE It’s not too early for motorists to prepare 1BR VILLAGES RAVAGED Island-by-island reports on the damage 15A DON’T BLAME HUGO Monday’s storms were unrelated to hurricane 15A Hurricane heads toward Bahamas Turks & Caicos By ARNOLD MARKOWITZ Herald Staff Writer Hurricane Hugo tore up northeastern Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with 140 mile-per-hour winds Monday then moved away toward the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas At midnight Hugo’s center around which the strongest wind whirled was 147 miles north of San Juan with hurricane-force wind well out of reach While Hugo traveled toward the Bahamas there rose a reasonable chance for Florida to be smitten by storms breaking off its western fringe Thursday! A 72-hour computer projection at 6 pm indicated that the hurricane could reach Freeport by Thursday afternoon but the potential for error that far in advance is 200 or more miles east to west Hurricane warnings were issued by the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas Hugo’s movement offshore at night evidently satisfied the National Meteorology Office in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic that things were not as bad as they had seemed earlier It called off its own hurricane warning which had been in effect since Sunday afternoon The Civil Defense Directorate cut back to semialert status After Puerto Rico Gov Rafael Hernandez Colon took an air tour and got reports that at least 27900 Puerto Ricans were homeless he said he would ask President Bush to declare the island a disaster area Social Services Secretary Carmen Sonia Zayas said 11300 people After getting reports that at least 27900 Puerto Ricans were homeless Gov Rafael Hernandez Colon said he would ask President Bush to declare the island a disaster area were moved from flood-prone coastal areas to rescue shelters Thousands more refused to leave for fear their few belongings would be stolen Most of the known early damage was in the northeast part of the island although electricity was out of commission everywhere but on the western end - “It’s been very devastating” said Bob Sheets director of the National Hurricane Center Even as Hugo receded from Puerto Rico with top steady wind speed down to a still-dangerous 115 mph tropical storms spinning on its south side blew down trees damaged property overfilled rivers and drove the populace to cover Except for a man electrocuted Sunday while removing a television antenna from his roof there was no news of hurricane-connected deaths PLEASE SEE HUGO 14A ALAN FREUND Miami Herald Staff HAD MASTER KEY: Kenneth Johnson charged in theft of computer equipment Broward janitor held in theft at day care center THE GUARDIAN ANGEL 1BR By DIEDTRA HENDERSON Herald Staff Writer A Carver Ranches Day Care Center janitor used his master key to steal $7200 in computer equipment in exchange for $50 in crack said Broward Sheriffs detectives who arrested him Monday Kenneth Johnson 29 an employee since February at the federally funded center for im-' poverished children in Carver Ranches an unincorporated area near Hollywood was the mastermind with a master key they said To daycare director Ruthie McDonald Johnson said but one thing: “I’m sorry I’m so sorry” “I feel very embarrassed for the entire staff” teacher Judy Allen said “All the time you're thinking it’s some crackhead out in the PLEASE SEE ARRESTS 6A Rabin endorses Egyptian effort to promote talks Defense chief visits Cairo Israel split on Mubarak bid By ALFONSO CHARDY Herald Staff Writer CAIRO — Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited Egypt Monday and endorsed President Hosni Mubarak’s efforts to broker a dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians to end the Palestinian uprising in the Israeli-occupied territories In supporting Mubarak Rabin defied his own prime minister and political rival — Yitzhak Shamir — who on the eve of Rabin’s trip publicly rejected Egyptian efforts at promoting the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue Because of the divisions Rabin’s endorsement of Mubarak’s efforts did not carry the full weight of the Israeli government behind it But Shamir — along with the rest of the Israeli Cabinet — did approve Rabin’s peace mission and even sent a private message — whose contents were not revealed — to Mubarak Moreover Rabin’s trip constituted a major new development amid a fresh flurry of diplomatic activity to revive the ailing process of resolving the revolt in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip A visit by the top official in charge of Israel’s defense PLEASESEE RABIN 13A A NEW START: CALL HIM COACH The South Broward High football career of Matt Andrews son of Broward Circuit Judge Robert Lance Andrews is taking a radical change As a player he’s finished and he’s only a high school junior He’s starting over as an assistant to the junior-varsity coach Sports 4D MOST WANTED ARREST Broward deputies have arrested a man featured on America's Most Wanted in what investigators called a scheme to fake his own death and collect a half-million dollars in life insurance Local 1BR DRUGSTORE CLERK: Maria Fainberg whose T-shirt bears Russian-alphabet equivalent of USSR arrived 16 years ago Brighton: Hot dogs vodka by sea NY neighborhood draws emigrants By MARYVOBORIL Herald Staff Writer NEW YORK — “Little Odessa” is no idle nickname for Brighton Beach a struggling seaside neighborhood hard by Coney Island At a Boardwalk food stand you can buy a shot of vodka to go with your hot dog On Brighton Beach Avenue you can browse in a Rus-sian-language bookstore where not all the clerks speak English At the Radin Pharmacy you can buy toothpaste from bright whS SOVIET JEWS T-shirt reads in third of a series bold yellow let- ters CCCP — the Russian-alphabet equivalent of USSR More than 25000 Soviet Jews have flocked to Brighton Beach since emigration rules were relaxed in the 1970s and more many more are desperate to join them “They all want to feel the free- PLEASESEE BRIGHTON 12A Soviet Jews find welcome in S Florida By ANDRES VIGLUCCI Herald Stafl Writer Shunned and persecuted in their homeland Soviet Jews get red-carpet treatment in South Florida where the supermarket shelves bulge and the sun shines all year long Since the first organized national resettlement efforts began 18 years ago members of a growing community — Jewish immigrants whose accents are not Yiddish or Polish but Russian — have spread from Miami Beach to Kendall and South Broward The community numbers about 2500 small compared to cities like New York and Boston which expects to get 4000 Soviet emigrants this yeaf alone It is close-knit Many came to join children parents or grandparents Their sponsors are the federal government and “ PLEASESEE S FLORIDA 12A s x V 6

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