08/09/2023 09:29 PM | Click to read full article
Last month, an alarming prospect dawned on Ben Birstonas ahead of a $14,000 all-inclusive getaway planned with his family for Bermuda. “As we’re approaching the departure date, we hear about hurricane Franklin,” recalled the 58-year-old. Hurricane Franklin is the tropical storm that bore down on the Caribbean island just days ahead of the family’s trip. A few days earlier, it had ripped through the Dominican Republic, causing severe flooding.