CARACAS, Venezuela — As the storm and the wildfire raged in the state of North Carolina, residents were being forced to endure a new reality: The storm was headed toward them.
As the deadly storm made landfall on Wednesday night, the wildfire was raging.
As the storm approached, it was just getting started.
In Caracas, Venezuela, the air is filled with smoke and thick, black smoke from a fire that has consumed nearly 200,000 acres of the Venezuelan capital’s historic Old City, where Bolivian President Evo Morales, a Bolivarian Socialist Party member, lives.
Caracas, a city of over 10 million people, is a hotbed of anti-government protests.
It is a place where Maduro’s supporters say the socialist leader has made a mockery of Venezuela’s democracy.
In the past week, Maduro has moved to suppress the opposition, banning them from rallies and imposing strict limits on what they can say and do.
The Bolivians say that while the country’s constitution protects the right to protest, the Maduro administration has cracked down on the opposition in the past.
Maduro has blamed the protests on a plot to overthrow him.
A few miles from the Old City are a large number of charred and damaged cars, where they are left for weeks to burn.
There are also cars in the street, some partially charred, some completely destroyed, as if they were hit by a truck or a missile.
The burning and charred cars are evidence of the damage the Maduro government has inflicted in the run-up to the storm.
And as the smoke clears, the debris of the vehicles is scattered about in the streets.
One car is nearly half a meter long.
The cars in Caracas are mostly in poor repair, according to the mayor, Fernando Guzmán, who is overseeing the restoration.
In recent weeks, Guzmanan said he has seen more than a hundred damaged cars in downtown Caracas.
Some of the damaged cars have been partially destroyed.
“This is a catastrophe.
We have lost almost a thousand people,” Guzminan said.
For most of the night, it remained dark.
Cars sat abandoned in the middle of the road in a deserted area.
I asked him what he could do to prevent further damage.
He replied: We have to get the government to pay for the damage.
At least three of the burned cars that I saw were found to be inoperable, said Guzmeñer.
Many people in the neighborhood of Caracas who live nearby said they had to get into their cars for the night.
As smoke from the fires cleared and people returned to their homes, some cars remained empty.
The smoke billowed over the city as the weather turned warmer.
Some people were still using their mobile phones to document the damage to their cars.
The cars were filled with debris and the roof was covered in debris.
The fire has been burning in this part of Caracas for days.
People were still gathering at the center of Caras to try to salvage their cars and belongings.
I asked a passerby what he wanted to salvage, he said, pointing to a large black truck that was covered with the charred remains of several cars.
It was the only car in his collection that had survived the fire.
He told me that the fire had scorched his car and left it without brakes or tires.
The other vehicles were in terrible shape.
The tires were damaged and the brakes had been ripped.
When the fire cleared, I asked him if he thought it was the work of the government, he replied.
He had no idea.
“I don’t know what to think,” he said.
He did not want to answer the question directly, because he was afraid that if he did, he might get arrested.
His story also does not reflect the state’s own record of safety and safety standards.
Venezuela is not a safety haven, Guzman said.
His city is a fire-ravaged, heavily damaged, and smoldering ruin.
The fire in Caras is the worst in the city since the country experienced a major earthquake in 2011.
The earthquake was followed by a series of landslides and gas explosions that left thousands dead.
In the weeks before the storm, Venezuela’s National Guard and state-run oil company, PDVSA, were accused of lax safety standards, including the failure to properly extinguish fires.
The Guard also allegedly used firefighting equipment that was not certified.
The Guard has denied these allegations, and the company’s vice president, Jose Luis Alvarez, has said that the company has taken corrective measures to improve safety and that it has hired thousands of new firefighters.
But in a report released in March by the U.S. State Department, the U., which is an agency of the Department of Commerce, noted that while there was some improvement