Irma is approaching the Florida: 500 000 snowbirds to watch

News 10 September, 2017
  • Cassandra Forcier-Martin

    Saturday, 9 September 2017 19:08

    Saturday, 9 September 2017 19:20

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    MONTREAL – more than 500 000 snowbirds quebec to follow closely the trajectory of the hurricane Irma. Henri Chabot has a condo in Florida for more than 25 years and there is a risk of losing everything because of the monster storm that is coming directly on the peninsula.

    “We always tend to not be too secure because we say that it is cottages, a holiday, and that this is not our home, but there if you lose everything, it will go up to several thousands of dollars,” he said Saturday in an interview with TVA News.

    Well, they chose the heat for several years, this time they would prefer to be in a snow storm.

    “I have two sons, they have communicated with me, and then I told them that for once I was glad to be in Quebec,” said Mr. Chabot.

    Business man worried

    The business man well known in Québec Jean-Guy Sylvain, on his side, millions of dollars at stake. This is the first hurricane that he lives since he is the owner of the complex Aztec.

    “Aztec, it was evacuated completely! I also have four houses there and everything was blocked off! The homes are also being evacuated! The hotel, the government has taken over”, explained the businessman.

    They are thousands of Quebecers to monitor the situation remotely. Others have decided, despite the risks, to stay in Florida to ensure the monitoring of the properties.

    “Go and close the shutters, anti-typhoon in the clients, bring in the patio furniture that would have remained outside and empty the refrigerators,” has listed the owner of SCL Bouchard Surveillance, Jacques Méthot, to show all that there is to do.

    Despite the evacuation should be complete, Martin Bouffard is still on the site of Aztec. “People ask me to secure the site, but as you can see, how do you secure it? The only thing to do is open the zipper and wait until the storm arrives”, has launched the employee of the complex Aztec.

    Hurricane Irma has been relegated to category three, but should re-strengthen as it approaches Florida. Nothing to reassure Quebecers that will in the course of the next few hours what’s left of their heavenly site.