Heading into the hurricane!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Heading into the hurricane! thumbnailMarlene Ferder pictured with daughter, Joyce Ferder Rankin, who travelled from Portballintrae

A PORTBALLINTRAE woman defied all warnings when she flew into hurricane-hit Florida fearing for her mother's life.
Joyce Ferder Rankin, an American journalist, left the comforts of her North Coast home on Thursday, September 7, as she made the harrowing journey to her mother's home in Delray Beach ahead of "life-threatening" Hurricane Irma.
The 58-year-old woman, who has lived in Portballintrae for the last 21 years, was one of the few passengers to fly into Miami Airport after 6.3 million people in Florida were told to evacuate.
Speaking to the Chronicle yesterday, she explained: "I heard that Irma was a Category Five storm, which can mean winds reaching 185mph and above - no building is going to come through that. I had to come here for my mother. I knew I wouldn't be able to protect her from it but I couldn't let her go through it alone."
Despite most planes leaving to get out of the area, Joyce explained that her flight had quite a few passengers, all with the same intention of being with family and taking care of their homes.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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