fbpx
The annual Global Impact Conference 2022 brings together visionary business leaders to revolutionize educational systems and inspire collaborative actionRead more APO Group announces content partnership with Pan-African broadcaster VoxAfricaRead more MainOne, an Equinix Company’s MDXi Appolonia Achieves Tier III Constructed Facility certification (TCCF), Now Most Certified Data Center in GhanaRead more United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warns rising tide of hunger, insecurity, and underfunding worsening gender-based violence risksRead more The Royal Thai Embassy presents the cultures of Thailand at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Festival in KenyaRead more Climate change is the biggest global threat, young people in Africa and Europe tell European Investment Bank (EIB), Debating Africa and Debating EuropeRead more $2 million in prizes awarded at Conference of the Parties (COP27) to African youth-led businessesRead more Africa and Europe’s top business and public sector leaders gather to chart Africa’s economic rebirthRead more The Thai delegation’s active participation at the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in KigaliRead more Canon shares winning image of its Redline Challenge competition 2022Read more

‘It was like I’m in the movie’: Florida resident recounts Hurricane Ian experience

show caption
ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - Edgar Soriano wades through water in his neighborhood after picking up items from his home which was flooded by rain from Hurricane Ian on October 1, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Paul Hennessy - Anadolu Agency)
Print Friendly and PDF

Oct 05, 2022 - 01:21 AM

NEW YORK (AA) – A Florida resident described the “scary” moments he endured during Hurricane Ian and said he did not expect the storm to bring the scale of destruction to the state.

“It was like a movie. It was like I’m in the movie. You know, sometimes you watch it, now you’re in it,” said North Port resident John Favere. The city is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) from one of the hardest-hit cities by the storm last week in Fort Myers.

“You’re always watching things on TV and you see other states and other countries that go through the same experience. But when you live it, it’s a different story,” Favere told Anadolu Agency.

“It was a scary moment,” he said. “It was a very big, thick experience for us. For me and my wife.”

Favere, 59, and his wife had to fight rising water in their home. Adding to the drama, he had to check the damage to his house after an oak tree fell on it. The tree damage also caused rainwater to enter his house from the top.

He fell through the ceiling and injured his leg, creating more theatrics to his ordeal.

“But I’m still here and you have to keep going because the water was rising. And I’m not the only house. Other houses were a lot worse. They had a lot of water damage,” said Favere.

Alligators, snakes inside water

Favere complained about city officials who he said were late in getting food and water to storm victims.

“We had to wait five days before we saw any type of water or food,” he said, adding those who helped each other right away were neighbors.

“We had to use our kayaks. Most of the people have boats and kayaks and we had to kayak over to the nearest highway and have the people give us food, water, gasoline for generators, because local police where I live, which is the North Port Police Department, would stop the people from bringing food to their loved ones,” he said.

Favere said he and his wife had to walk through 5-foot (151-centimeter) water to get to the highway. They saw alligators and snakes.

“We tried to find a place when we saw something and we carried like a stick or like something to protect us. They didn’t attack us,” he said.

“It’s not right that we have to do this. And if the government promises you to bring us food, why are we going out to the highway and treacherous waters? This is Florida,” said Favere.

The storm that hit the southern state has killed more than 100 people, according to multiple reports. Rescue efforts remain underway.

President Joe Biden called the storm the “deadliest” in Florida’s history.

 

*Servet Gunerigok in Washington contributed to the story

  • bio
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • latest posts

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.