Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Marine homeless veteran refused shelter from Hurricane Dorian

Some beachside homeless vets refuse to shelter from Hurricane Dorian

Florida Today
Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
Sept. 3, 2019

Afflicted with psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, homeless Marine Corps veteran Larry Wells on Tuesday said it's only when the winds are predicted to exceed 120 miles per hour that he'll think about leaving the BP gas station car wash on the corner of 518 and North Riverside Drive in Indiatlantic.

While he recognizes the dangers of Hurricane Dorian which hit the Bahamas as a category 5 storm with gusts exceeding 220 miles per hour, 69-year-old Wells is confident in his ability to ride it out. Dorian's churning, stalling and unpredictable path are a source of amusement, even.

"There's people who've bought gas three different times, I've seen these stores sell out of gas and water twice already in the past five days," he says with a chuckle.

He knows there are shelters with hot meals and a place to sleep, that an evacuation order is in place, and that there are free rides to and from shelters. But, he's insistent he'll be fine, as the family that runs the station where he hangs out much of the time, have given him the key to the bathroom where he can take shelter "if things get really nasty".
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