Puerto Ricans sought refuge in Florida, now face storm there
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When Hurricane Dorian was threatening Puerto Rico this week, many of its former residents who moved to Florida after 2017’s Hurricane Maria worried about relatives they left behind.
Now that the island has dodged a direct hit from the storm, and Dorian spins toward Florida, the roles have flipped.
Puerto Ricans in Florida say they’re now getting calls from relatives concerned about their safety in the Sunshine State.
What had been a steady flow of residents moving from the island because of economic hardship became a gush after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s power grid and left 3,000 residents dead two years ago.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates around 130,000 Puerto Ricans left the island between July 2017 and July 2018. As many as 50,000 Puerto Ricans settled in Florida.