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Central Florida man collects supplies for hurricane victims in Jamaica

Central Florida man collects supplies for hurricane victims in Jamaica

Central Florida man collects supplies for hurricane victims in Jamaica

Mark Jathan loves Jamaican food, culture and everything in between.

He even opened a restaurant to bring some of the island’s cuisine to Central Florida.

Now, the island where he grew up is facing a major hurricane.

“Our people there are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Jathan said.

Jathan said he is checking on his aunts, cousins ​​and other relatives every two hours as the storm intensifies.

“They still have power. The winds are picking up. Some roofs have been torn off. There is a bridge in Montego Bay. They say it is impossible. The bridge already has some damage,” Jathan said.

Mark’s cousin, Misha Jae, who lives in Kingston, Jamaica, called during our interview.

“There are more and more landslides. There are places that are becoming impassable. Port Royal is impassable. That is why people are taking shelters,” Jae said.

Jae said everyone on the island has been doing what they can to prepare.

“I went to the supermarket yesterday and there were crazy queues. What I have done is put tape on the windows and doors and stocked up on sandbags to prevent flooding. We are checking the roof in the hope that it will remain intact,” Jae said.

“You said you were asking how your family is. How is everything going? The hurricane is moving from east to west, so most of my family is in the west. Right now they are okay. I will be constantly checking on them and hoping they are safe,” Jae said.

Jathan said that after the storm, they will need tents, generators, non-perishable food items and more.

Once the storm passes, she plans to collect items to send to Jamaica to help victims recover.


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