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Many flee Turks and Caicos as 'Ike' approaches

Published on September 6, 2008 4:44 AM | Comments

Ike does seem like the type of storm where you should evacuate - the T&C are low lying islands - a direct hit from a hurricane could just about swamp most of the islands I would think. I hope everyone can get out. If you have any travel planned there, it is probably going to be out off by the hotel or resort or whatever if this thing hits like it looks like it is going. I would imagine just about everything at ground level will be flooded. The woman quoted in the article says "I've been here 13 years and Hanna was the strongest thing we've had," Dierin Longmire said as she checked in at the airport. "It shook me up." - well, Ike it looking to be lot worse unfortunately:

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos -- Hurricane Ike barreled toward the Turks and Caicos as a powerful Category 3 storm Saturday, prompting an exodus of tourists and locals from the normally idyllic Atlantic island chain.

Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas appeared to be first in line to take a hit from Ike, and many people decided they would be better off elsewhere.

"I don't remember ever seeing a mass exodus like this," said Tracy Paradis, a longtime resident of Providenciales who was heading to Seattle with her 19-month-old twins to wait out the storm.

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