It’s been about a year since Lucas Habte move from St. Petersburg, Fla., to San Juan, Puerto Rico, but he says he’s never had to weather a hurricane until now.
What You Need To Know
- Lucas Habte moved to Puerto Rico a year ago
- He says that Fiona is the first major hurricane he’s had to weather
- He uses a small generator to get by
“Well the power went out and then the storm just got stronger,” he said as he talked about Hurricane Fiona’s impact on the island. “The power’s been out for more than 24 hours — there’s a general blackout on the island. No one has any power, apparently. You only have power if you have backup power, a generator.”
Fortunately for Habte, he has a small generator in his apartment, but he says it can only be used to power so much.
“You can power you laptop, your phone, a lamp for several hours, but if you start plugging in the refrigerator or the TV, it will go away much faster,” he said.
He said he also has canned goods stocked up to eat, so he’s not nearly as concerned about his health and safety as he is about many other people on the island.
“I have resources to be able to withstand and not have to suffer the worst effects of this at least,” Habte said. “So, for that I’m grateful, but I’m certainly not representative of the experiences of the people on the island. There are a lot of people who don’t have running water right now.”
Habte said he hopes he doesn’t have to rely on his survival resources too long.
“Apparently they’ve started turning the power back on, so hopefully it’ll be turned back on today,” he said. “That would be nice.”