NACAC president Victor Lopez (courtesy -: Getty Images)

Victor Lopez, president of NACAC have extended deepest sympathies and condolences to all persons in the islands affects by Hurricane Irma.

The Victor Lopez letter states: “On behalf of the NACAC Athletics Family I want to express my deepest sympathies to the whole Area/Region especially to our brothers and sisters of the Leeward Islands who suffered the worse from the passage of Hurricane Irma.

“My heart and prayers go to our extended family in Anguilla, Antigua, BVI, USVI, St Martin , St. Kitts and Nevis, etc. that were hit straightforward by Irma with winds of 185 mph. I have heard from some of our friends there and although they are fine these islands were destroyed.

“Here in Puerto Rico the worse has gone by but we are getting a lot of rain which in our case is very dangerous because the flooding and mudslides can cause major damages. More than 2 million people are without power and water and they said it is going to take four to six months to fully restore those services.

“The phenomenon Irma is a monster and is heading to the north of Dominican Republic and Haiti and passing over Turks and Caicos and I would like to encourage our extended family there to be careful and to stay safe. Please stay in touch…

“Then is Cuba but I hope it weakens by that time it pass over the North coast of Havana and the same here , stay safe and do not take chances.

“It looks that Florida and the South of the Bahamas will be hit therefore we wish you the best.

“People, if Harvey was bad Irma is worse and right now at 6:00 a.m. Puerto Rico time on Thursday, we are getting a lot and heavy rain, thunderstorms, a 20 to 30 mph winds, and the eye of this phenomenon is already in the North of Hispaniola.

“I just want to warn everybody and express our sympathy on behalf on the entire NACAC Athletics community and my family, staff and friends from here in Puerto Rico.

We are all one people and it is time to be united and support each other in whatever way we can help.

“Finally, I received a lot calls and emails from the IAAF Headquarters and from all parts of the world from friends and they want me to extend their concerns and best wishes to all. We thank you all of them…

“We will stay in touch as communication permits but be safe among your loved ones.”

Warmest regards.

Sincerely,
Victor Lopez
NACAC President