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Irma a concern for local official with family ties in Puerto Rico


Alvarez - family dodges a
direct hit

MID-HUDSON – With sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour, the Caribbean continues to be ravaged by Hurricane Irma.

Places like Barbuda and St. Maarten have been hard hit and while Puerto Rico did not take a direct hit, there is flooding and widespread power outages,

Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Luis Alvarez has family in Puerto Rico, many of whom live in the central part of the island. Others who live on the coast have moved inland.

“I think the biggest problem I see with my family is the coffee, we sell coffee, and that is going to affect us,” he said.

Alvarez said his family owns a large coffee plantation on Puerto Rico and the storm could cause massive damage to the crop.

Judy Moreno, a resident of the Town of Newburgh, has been texting with her family in Puerto Rico to receive updates.

Anthony Lorino of Middletown and his girlfriend are in the midst of a Caribbean cruise and the ship sailed close to the Mexican coast ahead of the storm where it is waiting it out before returning to New York.


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