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*NEWS*TONERNEWS GET WACKED BY HURRICANE

 user 2005-10-26 at 2:21:00 pm Views: 55
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    Floridians Frustrated After Wilma
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Oct. 26) – Floridians already were waiting in long lines for gasoline at sunrise Wednesday as they voiced frustration at the slow arrival of relief following the destruction of Hurricane Wilma.
    Police watched over the few gas stations that were open as a precaution in case motorists’ tempers flared while they waited for hours to buy fuel    
    “I’m usually awake by this hour, but I need gas for my generator so I can go to work and make some money,” said Hector Vasquez, 36, who repairs windows. “This shouldn’t be this difficult.”
    Florida Power & Light, the state’s biggest utility, said Wilma affected more of its 4.3 million customers than any other natural disaster in the company’s history. By Wednesday, service was restored to about 20 percent of the 3.2 million customers who lost service _ but the company reminded Floridians that total restoration may take weeks.
    At a distribution center at the Orange Bowl near downtown Miami, about 500 people were in line Wednesday to get free water, food and ice that were arriving during the morning. Even more people had been at the stadium Tuesday, when supplies arrived late.
    “I need the ice and water desperately. I have a diabetic son and I need to keep his insulin cool,” said Gloria Duzallon, 38, a medical office manager from Hollywood.
    The 21st storm in the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, Wilma was blamed for at least five deaths in Florida. Before hitting the United States, the Category 3 hurricane killed at least four people in Mexico, one in Jamaica and 12 in Haiti.
    In Mexico, thousands of haggard tourists battled for airline and bus seats out of the country’s hurricane-battered Caribbean resorts, but thousands more remained stranded Wednesday.
    Officials said about 22,000 foreign tourists remained in the area Tuesday, down from a peak of almost 40,000.
    There was limited progress in Florida as more streets were cleared of debris, a few restaurants opened and even trash removal returned to some areas. Domestic flights resumed Wednesday at Miami International Airport.
    Trucks carrying the first wave of relief _ food, ice and water _ either arrived much later than local officials expected Tuesday or didn’t show up at all. Hundreds of people lined up outside one home-supply store, desperate for cleanup and other supplies. Drivers waited five hours at gas stations, and at a handful of fast-food restaurants open in the Miami area burgers were available _ to those willing to endure two-hour waits.
    Nine hours after she got on line Tuesday at one designated relief-supply location, Fanie Aristil, 23, of North Miami wearily left for home with 28 pounds of ice and six liters of bottled water.
    ”It will be days or weeks before we are back to normal.”
    FEMA spokeswoman Frances Marine urged Floridians to be patient, and reminded residents that officials had recommended that people have 72 hours of essential supplies on hand ahead of Wilma’s arrival.
    “People will have their needs met,” Marine said. “The bottom line is that there’s a plan in place.”
    President Bush planned a Thursday visit to assess damage in Florida.
    The quantity of debris was daunting: Pieces of roofs, trees, signs, awnings, fences, billboards and pool screens were scattered across several counties, including the state’s most populous region _ the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach area. Damage estimates ranged up to $10 billion.
    Wilma was the strongest hurricane to strike Lauderdale since 1950. Wind of more than 100 mph blew windows out of high-rises, many built before Florida enacted tougher construction codes following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.