A Quebec resident who lives in Mississippi, where tornadoes killed at least 25 people, is still preparing for difficult weather Sunday through Monday.
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“When the nights are with violent thunderstorms and the possibility of a tornado, you never sleep well,” says Jean-Paul Lavallee, who lives about 1:30 to 2 hours from hurricane-affected cities.
“In the area where I live, there are more tornadoes than tornadoes. The same thing happens, you just have to be careful at home and stay away from the windows. The sound of tornadoes is like the sound of a train, and I don’t live near a railway,” he adds.
Although he has not been affected by the recent natural disasters, he knows many people who have “lost their homes”.
“Mississippi is one of the most resilient states. When natural disasters like that happen, already yesterday morning, people were already on their way. I have friends who have lost their homes,” he says.
“When the roof is gone by a hurricane and water gets into the house, the property is worthless. The winds are strong. They lose everything,” says Mr. Lavallee.
Kipker wanted to tell a “love” story that took place during bad weather.
“I’d like to name one person, Robert Lee, from Silver City. I don’t know him personally. He died protecting his wife by lying to her. It’s a love story, but tragic at the same time,” says Mr. Lavallee.
Can we really prepare for a natural disaster?
“Hurricane season […]You should always be prepared, and foreseeable. We have to fill our cars with petrol in case we have to evacuate. We prepare food, candles and battery lamps.”