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Date TimeSeptember 11, 2017
VoiceCanadians return home after harrowing encounter with Irma
Two flight carrying Canadian citizens from Turks and Caicos landed at Pearson Monday night as passengers described frantically trying to get off the island.

Karen and Neno Vukosa left for a holiday to Turks and Caicos on Sept. 2.

Two days later, they were frantically calling airlines, trying to get out of the island that they then knew was about to be hit by a catastrophic, Category 5 hurricane.

“We tried and tried and tried to no avail,” Karen said.

“There was no way to get off that island,” Neno said.

Now they’re home.

Two flights from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, landed Monday evening in Toronto: one Air Canada flight, and one WestJet flight.

The passengers described harrowing scenes of destruction from Hurricane Irma on that island.

“I’ve never heard anything like that before,” Karen said of the winds during the peak of the hurricane’s impact on Turks and Caicos Thursday.

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