“People are very aware and they want to be prepared, ” Colon said .
Gabriel Rivera-Cruz, a resident of San Juan, went to the same Costco on Thursday evening with his family. He said they wanted to go “before people inundated the stores” to buy water and canned food in case Beryl changes it track, but to his amaze, there was already a long line of people in the store just to buy bottled water .
“I was surprised to see the long lines, ” Rivera-Cruz said. “I believe the memories from( last year’s) hurricanes are so fresh that we have a clear idea of the effects and which items can be scarce or hard to find.”
“Most people I know are aware that this storm doesn’t seem to be a second Maria, but is simply a wake-up call that the hurricane season is here and we are still extremely vulnerable, ” Rivera-Cruz added .
Rivera-Cruz said the area where he lives was first impacted by Hurricane Irma, so the family decided to move in temporarily with his in-laws. But then Maria happened and the family didn’t return to their home until they were able to find a donated generator. They were without power for more than three months and still don’t have Internet service .
“Having two children in a world without medical services, gas and access to food is frightening, ” Rivera-Cruz told .
Jacksel Rodriguez captured a similar sight at a Sam’s Club store in Ponce, a city on the southern part of the island: thick lines near the checkout and shopping carts packed with bottled water and food that doesn’t required to refrigerated .
Rodriguez, who lives in the neighboring town of Juana Diaz, told CNN he went to the store to stock up on water, bug spray and batteries. But Rodriguez has been preparing since April for what this year’s hurricane season may bring. He constructed what he described as situations of emergency kit, keeping in mind what he didn’t have and what were scarce in the aftermath of Maria — manly drinking water and a generator .
Rodriguez said he doesn’t suppose Puerto Rico is ready for another blizzard, “not even a small one.”
“Most of the electricity grid was simply repaired , not updated, and the power runs out even with light breezes — imagine a big storm, ” Rodriguez told .
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello encouraged people Friday afternoon
“to take action” and prepare for the possibility of Beryl impacting the island. Rosello proclaimed a state of emergency for the island and told a price freeze on vital goods had been issued .
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