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Hurricane Debby: Puerto Rico Bracing for Possible Near-MissAired August 22, 2000 - 2:03 p.m. ET
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MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: Puerto Rico had been high on Debby's itinerary, but now the storm may pass to the north of the island.
CNN's Frank Buckley is in San Juan -- Frank.
FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Marty, officials here are hopeful and optimistic that the current tracking of Hurricane Debby will take the hurricane largely away from Puerto Rico, especially from San Juan, the populated city of San Juan. Still, there has been one hurricane-related death with a man who was preparing his home who fell off his roof.
People are preparing for any possibility here on the Puerto Rico. They have been purchasing supplies and boarding up windows. That has been taking place, really, over the past 24, 36 hours as people prepared for the arrival of the hurricane.
The governor declared a state of emergency here. That allowed him to activate the National Guard. Emergency management officials saying, however, they are mostly in a standby mode. The governor has also banned all alcohol sales, and also consumption, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Eastern here today. One-hundred and sixteen people have taken to shelters that have opened up around Puerto Rico, but we are being told that that is mostly out of precaution because we have not suffered through the brunt of Hurricane Debby.
Generally speaking, people are saying it's too early to sigh any relief here, but the feeling is one of optimism, that hopefully Debby will go away from the island -- Marty.
SAVIDGE: CNN's Frank Buckley joining us from San Juan, Puerto Rico, thanks very much.
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