- Title: Azores residents prepare for hurricane Lorenzo
- Date: 1st October 2019
- Summary: ANGRA DO HEROISMO, AZORES, PORTUGAL (OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) PANORAMIC VIEW OF ANGRA DO HEROISMO VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET EXTERIOR OF ANGRA DO HEROISMO CITY HALL BUILDING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ANGRA DO HEROISMO MAYOR, ALAMO MENESES, SAYING: "One of the things that we try to avoid in these circumstances is to have a high concentration of vulnerable people. It is much easier to have people in their homes and solve the problems as they arise in a school, in a day centre, in a space where many people are concentrated. But this is a government decision and we will comply. Obviously, as far as our territory is concerned, the most vulnerable institutions and structures will receive special attention tonight and tomorrow." VARIOUS OF MENESES TALKING AND SHOWING ISLANDS MAP (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ANGRA DO HEROISMO MAYOR, ALAMO MENESES, SAYING: "The resources exist and people are prepared. Citizens and institutions will solve the problems that eventually will happen. Our expectation is that we will be ready, with measures in place, and we will have the quickest reaction possible as the events take place." MAN SETTING UP PANEL IN SHOP DOOR TO STOP FLOODING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) SHOPKEEPER, MILTON ENES, SAYING: "As many floods have already taken place on this street and water has flooded shops, we have to taken preventive measures. Hopefully it is not necessary to use them but at least we must be prepared for whatever happens." VARIOUS OF MEN SETTING UP PANEL AT SHOP'S DOOR TO STOP FLOODING PANORAMIC VIEW OF TOWN MEN TALKING BESIDE BOAT HARBOUR (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ANGRA DO HEROISMO RESIDENT (BOAT OWNER), DANIEL MATOS, SAYING: "It's normal. We are already used to events like this happening at times. This one is a bit stronger. We are preparing the boats so they are safer, tying the cables and wait until it comes. That's it." VARIOUS OF MAN TYING BOAT ROPES MAN ON BOAT TALKING VARIOUS PANORAMIC VIEWS OF ANGRA DO HEROISMO
- Embargoed: 15th October 2019 14:28
- Keywords: Azores islands in Portugal Angra do Heroismo residents Lorenzo hurricane mayor Alamo Meneses hurricane Lorenzo Azores
- Location: ANGRA DO HEROISMO, AZORES, PORTUGAL
- City: ANGRA DO HEROISMO, AZORES, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZ9MK3R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Residents of Terceira island in Portugal's Azores were preparing on Tuesday (October 1) for the arrival of hurricane Lorenzo as it edged closer to the mid-Atlantic archipelago.
Even though hurricane Lorenzo is likely to weaken further, the storm is still set to reach the Azores islands as a Category 1 hurricane early on Wednesday (October 2), according to Portugal's meteorological agency IMPA.
Azores' regional government has implemented precautionary measures and said schools, kindergartens and occupational centres, as well as non-emergency public services will shut on Wednesday.
Reassuring people that local authorities are prepared, Alamo Meneses, mayor Angra do Heroismo said the most vulnerable will be the priority when the hurricane hits.
Shop owners placed panels in the entrances of their businesses to act as barriers in order to prevent flooding and boat owners secured their vessels to the piers with strong ropes.
The Miami-based weather forecaster National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it expected the eye of Lorenzo to pass near the western Azores in the Atlantic with a hurricane warning in effect for the islands of Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa and Terceira.
(Production: Miguel Pereira, Marco Trujillo, Miguel Gutierrez)
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