Alan Shatter: In the eye of the storm

Former justice minister Alan Shatter and his wife Carol have had a holiday home on Marco Island in Florida for many years. In this extract from his diary, Hurricane Irma hits the US coast

17th September, 2017
In the eye of hurraine Irma

12 noon: In Verona Walk, Naples, southwest Florida with Carol and good friends, Verona residents Tony and Linda Caldonetti. Fully prepared for Hurricane Irma. Storm shutters all in place over windows. Cars garaged. House three-bedroom, two-storey, poured concrete. Even if Irma a Category 5 hurricane, as predicted two days ago, with winds exceeding 155mph, we should withstand the winds unless hit directly by a tornado. Enough food, water and alcohol to survive for a week...

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