Tuesday, December 06, 2022

‘We lost everything’: Ian’s victims talk of terror and devastation, cyclone left in its wake

'We lost everything': Ian's victims talk of terror and devastation, cyclone left in its wake

(CNN Spanish) — Terror. Harm. And thanks for being alive. Some of Ian’s victims speak from behind the onslaught of a cyclone that is stronger than many people have ever seen in their lives and they even imagined.

Roberto Makira stayed at his Sarasota home with seven others as Ian passed away. The living room was the only room in the house that he could live in. “It wasn’t easy, really. it was very scary“,” he said of the passage of Ian, now a tropical storm, that predicted would make landfall again in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. Macira explained that what he heard from the outside was It sounded like a roar: it was the sound of bushes colliding, colliding with others and falling trees.

By 07:00 pm the electricity had gone out in the entire locality and hence, without electricity, they remained closed. “Imagine you are locked in four walls, It’s all dark, so you heard ‘boom, boom, boom’ on the roof of your house”, told in an interview with Ana Maria Mejia. Added to those noises, he said, was the sound of the windows: it was as if someone was pushing them to try to enter.

He is one of the testimonies of the fear that Florida residents experienced as the storm passed, which left at least 15 people dead as of Thursday afternoon, according to records. One such death occurred in Osceola County, where a woman held hands with a CNN-affiliated WFTV reporter while walking with a young girl. “We lost everything,” he said.

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In their family they were only able to save a few things they were carrying: some clothes in a bag and important papers. But along with the despair, the woman also felt gratitude for being saved. “thank God, Thanks to the neighbors who pulled us out the window“She counted.

Ian is carried with the patients to the roof of the hospital

In Port Charlotte, a cyclone ripped through the roof of a hospital’s ICU on Wednesday where patients were held. “It’s awful,” Dr. Birgit Bodine, an internal medicine specialist, told CNN at the time. Staff had to move patients to another room, but then the water came down the stairs to other floors and more patients had to be moved to beds that were inactive and dry in another area of ​​the hospital.

By Thursday morning, they still had water in the hallway but the patients were safe.

Caught in a “battle zone”

a war zone. This is how Fort Myers Mayor Kevnis Anderson described the situation in one of the worst affected areas by the storm. “I have never seen so much damage due to a cyclone in this area before”He told CNN.

In Fort Myers, Thomas Podgorn remained trapped in his two-story home with three others, watching vehicles float outside and worrying about those who had not been evacuated.

“I lost my house. There’s water and gas flowing downstairs,” he told CNN Wednesday night. He said that the situation of his neighbors was also complicated as they had little space to breathe normally inside their one-storey house.

Another couple was trapped in their house after the roof collapsed. “Something’s dripping on me,” Belina Collins recalled her partner. He got up and immediately the roof collapsed.

Many houses were destroyed. For example, one of the affected people told CNN en Espaol the following about his home: “It’s ruined, utterly ruined. The fridge is on the floor, the sofa is upside down, the toilet is on the floor, our cupboards have water, everything is full, everything is ruined. We took as much as we could, but we didn’t think it would be so bad.”

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In his case, according to testimony, there is at least one permanent structure to return. Many don’t even have it.

Ann Fort Myers Beach”There’s literally nothing to go back.” Councilman Dan Ellers described the devastation that reached a level no one expected or expected.
Allers estimated that 90% of the island is gone, including businesses that have been there for decades and have weathered several storms.

“When I say it’s gone, I don’t just mean the houses inside. They’re brick houses, they’re houses that were on stilts, they’re wooden houses,” Allers said. “Everything has disappeared.”

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