Hurricane Irma: We Will Stand Together As One Caribbean Nation
Irma took the Caribbean by “storm” on the week of September 3rd -10th 2017. Affecting islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, The British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St Maarten/St Martin, Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Thomas and St. John (The United States Virgin Islands). What started as a cluster of clouds over Africa, in no time ripped a path of misery through the Caribbean. The question then must be asked, how does a cluster of clouds turn into a category 5 hurricane? Now, the strength of a hurricane is determined by three key factors, water temperature, moisture in the atmosphere and wind shear. When water is warmer the atmospheric moisture feeds “a cluster of clouds” exactly what it needs to develop. When the wind shear is low it keeps a hurricane from dissipating.
We at Dreamy Weddings cannot forget our neighboring countries who received the worst impact of Hurricane Irma. These islands were left without food, homes, electricity, and running water. “It’s complete devastation. There’s no power or water. Basically, almost everything got demolished,” Shelby Alfred, a nurse in Cruz Bay, on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, told NBC News on Tuesday. “Everything is pretty much gone.”
Conn Davis, a St. Thomas-born developer, worried about looting and said he had locked down his home “like a bunker. “Chainsaws were used to clear the roads of St Thomas which then aided federal workers and also help to procure boats for evacuations and supplies. The islands have been demolished with at least 38 deaths in the Caribbean. Information provided from The Wall Street Journal stated that “Cuban officials said at least 10 people were killed on the island-nation after the storm scraped across its north coast over the weekend. Most of those killed were hit by fallen debris from crumbling homes pummeled by Irma’s Category 5, 155-mile- per-hour winds.”
A storm that not only swept away people but also disrupted the infrastructure of the islands so gravely that nowhere was safe, whether inside your house or outside on the streets. The Wall Street Journalist also stated that “Community leaders on Virgin Gorda reported no casualties from the storm. But a humanitarian crisis is mounting as islanders run low on essentials, Mr. McNutt said. “People are going to be out of food and water in the next day or two if they’re not resupplied,” he said, speaking by phone from Orlando, Fl.
Adding to the island’s troubles, it will likely take six months or more to restore power, he said, endangering its tourist-centric economy for the next year.”
On the island of St Maarten/St Martin, received a hard hit by Hurricane Irma and the relief effort is continuing. Nearly all resorts and hotels were damaged, some seriously, and the vital aid is currently the focus of the authorities. Some guests were evacuated to Puerto Rico. There has been a widespread of looting occurring as food and water supplies ran low. Approximately 400 soldiers were deployed to the Dutch side of the island.
Tortola lost a large amount of homes due to the hurricane, so they are now facing the question, where is everyone going to live?
It is said that “Officials from the Red Cross and local government of Turks and Caicos have been unreachable since late Thursday, when Irma left much of the country without power and many roads inundated with water.”
USA Today stated that the island of “Barbuda has been left completely devastated by Hurricane Irma. An estimated 95% of Barbuda’s structures are damaged, and the entire island of around 1,800 people has been evacuated.
“The damage is complete,” says Ambassador Ronald Sanders, who has served as Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2015. “For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.”
In efforts to assist with accelerated relief to the affected Islands, Dreamy Weddings & Tours Inc is raising funds to help restore beauty to the tropical Caribbean. We would love if you can Join the movement, stand with us as we rebuild our islands.
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