LEBANON, Missouri- Former Lebanon resident Greg Boudonck, who inow lives in Puerto Rico is in the direct path of the “extremely dangerous” Category 5 Hurricane Irma.
The storm is presently near the Leeward Islands, but forecasters put it on track with the U.S. territory in the Caribbean islands where warnings have been issued. The hurricane is expected to slam into Puerto Rico by Wednesday with possibly 175 mile per hour winds or higher.
“I have always lived a no fear attitude but that is slipping right now. I am putting my trust in our mighty God and doing all I can to ensure our safety. To all my friends and family, I love you all,” Boudonck posted on Facebook as he was making preparations to face the powerful cyclone.
The 54 year-old Boudonck moved to Puerto Rico about 9 years ago after a fire destroyed his Lebanon residence. He now works as a free-lance writer and blogs extensively.
Irma is expected to bring the seas up by 9 feet above normal and produce around 10 inches of rain on the island. San Juan’s mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto has ordered 900 municipal employees to report for rotating 12-hour shifts, while Governor Ricardo Rossello has activated the National Guard where 3.5 million people live.
The hurricane may turn its fury to Florida later in the week where a state-of-emergency has also been declared.