Irma's impact: Ex-Long Islanders in Florida assess damage – New York News

For some former Long Islanders in Florida, Irma brought rattled nerves but not much damage.


Anthony Favata, 52, originally from Deer Park, considered himself “lucky.”

He was hunkered down in his home in Plantation and prepared for the worst. He had shuttered his windows and filled his cars with gas. He lost power early Sunday morning and anticipated he’d be without it for several days.

Instead, power was restored by midnight and when Favata ventured outside early Monday morning, he saw no structural or water damage to his home.

Overnight, he had listened as wind and rain whipped against his home, and tornado warnings flashed on his phone, but the only evidence of that was debris in his yard and trees on his street ripped from the ground, he said.

“We were nervous but we’ve been through it before,” said Favata, who moved to Florida 29 years ago. “We knew what to expect and did the best we could to prepare.”

Greg and Lorraine Gloumakoff remained in their new home in Vero Beach. The Gloumakoffs moved from Middle…

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