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Local business owners deliver generators, supplies to the Bahamas

Posted at 6:14 PM, Sep 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 07:23:27-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Developing Hurricane Humberto has turned away from the Bahamas, leaving a lot less rain than expected, which would’ve been catastrophic for the island still devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Local business owners continue to lend a helping hand to survivors living on Abaco Islands.

Paul Orbe, owner of Boca Bargoons loaded a private plane of donations Sunday for Treasure Cay, one of the hardest hit islands on Abaco. He partnered with Rob Weber, owner of Garden Street who flew the plane over to the island. They fit 1800 lbs of supplies including non-perishable food, water, and generators.

“It’s just heart wrenching and that’s the reason we want to keep helping them,” said Orbe.

Weber said on his first trip to Treasure Cay Sunday morning, officials told him people living on the island are fortunate Humberto didn’t bring the heavy rain they expected, as many homes don’t have roofs or windows.

“They said it was nowhere as devastating as what they had feared,” said Weber.

Weber and Orbe said they want to remind people donating that most mothers and children have been evacuated from the island, so they don’t need diapers and baby formula as much as they need water, food and generators since most don’t have running water or electricity.

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