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Wed Sept 6 2017 16:46:20

Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane

By: Ina Steiner

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Less than 2 weeks ago, residents of Texas and Louisiana braced for Hurricane Harvey, which proved deadly and devastating. Now people in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean are dealing with the next storm, Hurricane Irma.

Some lucky enough not to have taken a direct hit by Harvey were nevertheless impacted by the disruption to shipping, such as a reader who lives 80 miles northwest of Houston and said he had no mail service at all. 

The USPS has already begun suspending mail service in Puerto Rico and parts of Florida as Irma bears down as a Category 5 Hurricane.

eBay had promised to protect sellers impacted by Harvey, and here's the letter it sent to sellers after the storm:

Our thoughts are with you and the entire Gulf Coast as the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey continue. We want you to know that we're supporting your business during this time.

eBay will automatically apply Seller Protection to all impacted sellers. This means you will not receive defects for stockouts or unresolved cases with buyers, and your late shipment rate will not be impacted.

Additionally, we have emailed any buyers who have made a purchase from sellers in the affected area to ask for their patience and inform them that their order might be delayed.

You can find out more here, and feel free to contact customer service at 1 (866) 540-3229.

Good luck to those recovering from Harvey and to those located in the path of Hurricane Irma!

Update 9/6/17: eBay has issued an announcement and promised to protect sellers impacted by Hurricane Irma.

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Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane   Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane

by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 6 17:35:10 2017

Wonder how many of these people understand LEAVE NOW NOT NEXT WEEK.

Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane   Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane

by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Sep 7 02:54:00 2017

I don't know why anyone would want to live in a city that floods and storms all the time.   Or that has mudslides and fires all the time.  I know the view is beautiful, but when the big one comes the devastation is horrific.  Not to mention the mental toll.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Sep 7 13:35:43 2017

And there is yet another hurricane right behind Irma.  While Jose isn't being predicted to hit Florida, there are others that will get hit twice in a short period of time on some of the islands.  And it is too soon to tell if Jose will land further up the East Coast.

This is beyond scary and my heart goes out to all those affected by these horrific storms.  

Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane   Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane

by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Thu Sep 7 13:48:25 2017

I hate to cold hearted - but constantly rebuiding at the expense of the taxpayer has to have it's limits. If you want or insist on living in these dangerous locations should be your own financial responsibility. The history is there. Read the tea leaves. Build better housing. Move to a safer location. I'm praying for the islands where thousands of poor people who have no choice but to stay. I hope the loss of life is minimal.

Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane   Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane

This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Sep 7 14:00:52 2017

Where should we move to??  Different parts of the US had different types of natural disasters that frequent that area.  

Southern and Eastern coastal regions have hurricanes.
The midwest has tornadoes [including Texas and Louisiana].
The Pacific Northwest and California have wild fires.
Northeastern US have severe winter storms.
West coast states have earthquakes.

And so on.  So where should we all move?  

Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane   Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane

by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Thu Sep 7 14:14:39 2017

Well I've been in las vegas for 32 years - nothing happens here - truly - if you move smart it can be done - I moved for the NE - born and raised there - I was so sick of the humidity in the summer and falling down on my butt in the winters and coffing up most of my income on heat. Do I miss it? sometimes but not often. It's so expensive - taxes ares so high - the traffic - I could never have afforded to buy my own home if I had stayed. We don't have floods unless you are a newbie here and move to the stupid part of town, we have no blizzards - tornadoes - earthquakes - forest fires - nothing - this is the most weather boring place on the planet. And you don't have to live in the city - there are lot's of other calm quite desert places to live. I suppose if everyone moved over here we might run out of water

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Sep 7 14:22:04 2017

Well there wouldn't be if everyone in the US were to move there.  While in your opinion, you have found your little bit of heaven on earth, so have others in other parts of the US.

I do get it, these disasters are expensive and heart breaking for what happens to the people and animals in the region.  I just don't think the answer is for everyone to move to LV.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Thu Sep 7 14:29:40 2017

Lol - your probably right - better building requirements would sure solve alot of problems - and folks refusing to leave when clearly evacuation needs to happen is stupid. There are always going to be folks who have no control over evacuating and those counties should have a list of folks they need to help get out.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Sep 7 14:40:46 2017

Being on an island must be the worst!!!!  Where the heck are they going to go??!?!?

And for those on islands that are going to get double hit because of Jose, OMG I can't even imagine what they are going through!

Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane   Sellers in Puerto Rico and Florida Brace for Next Hurricane

by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Thu Sep 7 14:47:39 2017

Horrifying isn't it? Those folks are so poor they had no choice but to stay



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