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Sep 7, 2017

Belizeans in Florida brace for Irma

It appears that Hurricane Irma is not slowing down and it is heading straight for Florida. Latest weather projections show that it may hit Miami directly. Thousands have evacuated the state and others are in full hurricane preparation mode as they wait for the storm to hit. Today, we spoke with the Consul General of Belize in Florida Janine Sylvester Vega who says that while there are some six thousand Belizeans in its database, they approximate the numbers to be around ten thousand in the state. Many of those Belizeans live in the areas that are expected to be hit and several families have returned to Belize or evacuated their homes.


On the Phone: Janine Sylvester Vega, Consul General of Belize in Florida

On the Phone: Janine Sylvester Vega

“It sounds like it could be a very catastrophic hurricane based on what is happening in the Caribbean. I did speak to the President of the Belize Association in Florida yesterday and we could only hope that Belizeans residing in South Florida and Florida are heeding the warnings and instructions of their local authorities because they know best what the situation is and if they are required to evacuate they really should. It is really that situation where at the moment thousands of residents in Miami Dade County were ordered to evacuate starting today – this morning. The concentration of Belizeans is really typically in Broward County which where is the cone of the Hurricane is passing through, so they really should heed all the warnings; there is Dade Country, and quite a number of Belizeans in Central Florida. And as of now, the trajectory is going right through the whole state and no one should feel safe at this time.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, right now, at this time, what is the mood like inFlorida?”


On the Phone: Janine Sylvester Vega

“Well, as you can imagine at this time it is very tense; people are nervous but as in all cases such as this it is best to remain calm and do what you can to keep yourself and your family safe and act accordingly. You know if everyone listened to the instructions and warnings, I think we could survive this storm.”

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