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‘I’ve never seen anything like it in my life’ – Omagh Irish pub owner stands his ground as Hurricane Ian hits Florida

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An Irish publican is choosing to hunt at home in Florida despite government evacuations ahead of Hurricane Ian.

Eán Rice, a publican from Omagh Co Tyrone, moved to Florida in 2000 and has now owned the Salty Shamrock pub in Apollo Beach for the past seven years.

Just south of Tampa, Mr Rice, his wife Anne Rice and their two sons Tomás and Seán Óg were in the path of the Category 5 hurricane when it hit the south-west coast of Florida, on their pub and fishing boat. To keep an eye on.

“We were leaving yesterday. [Tuesday]Which was a mandatory evacuation, but the hurricane took a slight turn yesterday. My problem is how do I go back if I leave? So, I decided to hunt right here at home,” Mr Rice said on Thursday evening.

“They advised us to evacuate about four days ago. Basically, if you don’t evacuate, that means if you call 911, they won’t answer. We have Orlando. I had a place booked for three nights, but we chose to stay.

“We still have power, we haven’t had a direct hit yet, maybe two hours before it arrives, but we’re looking at about 80 mph winds.

“I’ve never seen this before. We’re just worried about the water rise – when all that water comes back – because if it goes to a 10-foot rise, we’re all in trouble,” Mr Rice said. told. Independent.ie

Mr. Rice lives in a one-story house six to seven feet above the water level.

“We think the surge will hit us in a couple of days. It was low tide this morning, my water usually goes to a low tide of two feet. Right now, there’s no water at all,” he said.

My pool is already about two feet above the rainwater. If it flows, it will also come into the house.

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A boat near Sean Rice’s pub in Florida

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. All the water’s gone, all sucked up. There’s a huge boat and it’s just sitting at the bottom of the canal.

“The hurricane is the one that does all the damage.”

As for preparation, Mr. Rice has stocked up on supplies like food and water, as well as preparing a non-electric grill, which is needed because he has no backup generator.

“We’ve stocked up. A neighborhood transformer blew about 45 minutes ago. Many of my crews have already lost power.

“I have a smoker grill, not electric. I have ice and a cooler. And then I have another grill in the garage if needed. I have water. We don’t have a backup generator. But we have us.” Enough to get.

“We are anticipating losing power for about four or five days,” he said.

As for his pub Salty Shamrock, Mr Rice fears the debris from Hurricane Ian.

“I just hope my restaurant doesn’t lose power. We were there last night, and we boarded the bar. I have outdoor seating and a stage — it’s all going to be blown out. We don’t have much.” is,” he said.

“Just hope we can open up and clean up the mess and debris. Other than that, I just hope everyone is safe,” he said.

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