"My father's on oxygen and I'm worried about this storm," she told WFTV through tears.
Ms Brekke dashed into
the store only to discover she’d just missed out. The customer in front
of her had purchased the last generator.
Distraught, she burst into tears. But then she was
approached by another customer, Ramon Santiago, who’d managed to get one
of the last generators. Seeing her distress, he insisted she take his
Mr Santiago, for whom English is not a first language, said: "She need the generator. It's OK. No worry for them."
Ms Brekke was overwhelmed by the gesture and a WFTV reporter was on hand to capture her emotional embrace with Mr Santiago.
She added: "I'm very overwhelmed by that man. That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man."
is expected to hit America over the weekend and has already left a
trail of fatal devastation through the Caribbean. The British territory
Turks and Caicos Islands are currently in the eye of the storm and
being battered by winds of up to 175mph.
Over the last few days the most powerful Atlantic storm
every recorded has claimed the lives of 14 people as it has lain waste
to islands such as St Martin and Barbuda. The Red Cross estimates 1.2
million people have been affected by Irma so far.
Meanwhile Florida is bracing for the storm to hit, with residents of the low-lying Florida Keys being urged to evacuate.
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