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Hurricane Dorian threatens Tampa woman's relatives in Puerto Rico and now her family here

Dorian scares family in Puerto Rico, now in Tampa
Posted at 6:49 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 14:01:47-04

First, she feared for her sister in Puerto Rico. But on Thursday, this Tampa Bay area woman became the one preparing for a hurricane.

"Thank God everything is fine. They dodged a bullet," Nilsa Henry, a restaurant owner in Tampa, said.

The bullet may have missed Henry's sister and her nieces in Puerto Rico, but the tides may have turned for her family.

"I was worried. I even called her yesterday. I said because, 'it’s going up there,'" Zaida Garcia, Henry’s sister, said during a Facebook Video interview from Puerto Rico.

"We have some sandbags here, right back there from the last hurricane and we gonna put them around [the backdoor of the restaurant]," Henry said. "When it rains a lot, water goes into the kitchen."

So, she plans to wait out the storm at her house. She was making a checklist on Thursday afternoon.

"I’m buying tape to tape the windows, water, bread, crackers, bacon," Henry said.

Jeff Aziz, a Tampa resident, already picked up his supplies from a Home Depot in Tampa.

"I picked up just some beverages, some tarps, some ratchet straps, fasteners; got some plywood and additional 2x material to add to my own personal inventory," Aziz said.

Like Henry, Aziz also planned to stay during the storm; at least for the time being.

"It all depends on where the path is gonna go. We’ll just watch it for the next couple days and make a decision by Saturday," Aziz said. "I mean my house is 75 years old and as much as I think I’ve braced it, I am concerned it may not be able to sustain more than a Cat 2 or Cat 3," Aziz said.