Is INGRID trying to make a comeback or
something.? I was studing the satellite imagery this evening and I am baffled. I
noticed the so-called remnants looking like one big orange ball ( or blob )
hugging the chain and that still on 17N ? Naw, I must have misread the
information. I keep hearing and reading that the system will pass northeast of
the Northern Leeward islands, but that's not what I'm seeing. Late this
afternoon while having a nice refreshing time in the sea we noticed the sky to
the northeast looking rather interesting. We thought for sure that some much
needed rain was coming our way, but not a drop as yet. As a matter of fact, the
quarter moon was smiling down at me from a rather clear sky.
Now on to the final "sharing" of excerpts from
my HUGO report of Sept. 17,1989:
17th paragraph: "St.
Croix was declared a disaster area eligible for Federal Aid. FEMA responded as
efficiently and as quickly as possible to the thousands of applicants in dire
need of funds. With 95% of all private and public buildings touched in one way
or another, FEMA settled in for a long stay.
paragraph: "It is not easy to measure
D-A-M-A-G-E of this extent, but in order to try to have an idea of how much of
it there was on the 82 sq. mile island of St. Croix, let's measure it by the
amount of waste debris left by HUGO: On Nov. 5 - 6, 1989, over 200 million tons
of it, -25 feet high, about the size of 10 football fields, was scheduled to be
burned. A controlled burn of this sort with that amount of debris would take
24-36 hours, otherwise, according to the authorities as stated in the St. Crois
Avis, "it would take about 4,000 days of the island's two incinerators working
around the clock to burn the debris." Another option was of "shipping it to
fuel-starved Haiti, but a government expert estimated that 10 barges would have
to take daily excursions for more than four years to haul the debris to Haiti.."
And if we think that that was all the debris, let us look
The 200 million tons "represented only 20%
of the storm-related trash that must be burned. Based on that percentage, the
amount of HUGO debris on St. Croix totals an estimated 1.8 billion pounds."
Although burning the debris was a good solution it became a serious health
hazard. All was fine as long as the wind blew it away from populated area, but
eventually everyone was affected by the smoke. And so the problem remained a
problem. Keeping in mind that this is a small island, how does one dispose
of so much debris? Meantime, with this amount of trash we are sure to run into
it no matter where we turn, right? Wrong! It was all being tranfered to
specified areas out of the two towns, out of sight, but not out of
19th paragraph: "Blessings!
Paradise was beginning to look like paradise again,-minus a few thousand trees,
but tropical vegetation grows fast,...a pair of once-naked Flamboyant trees in
Golden Grove were already in full bloom, sporting some beautiful, bright red and
orange blossoms amidst a brilliant kelly green. The hibiscus was appearing,
rather shyly at first, but glorious as always, and the peach-colored and lilac
Bougainvillea near Fort King Christian were a charming sight. Nothing can
prevent Nature from keeping its pact with God. As long as He wills, there will
be foliage, there will be flowers."
And now, I must add, how people benefited from this
ferocious hurricane: HUGO was Bad, but then, how bad is bad? Well, you
have a good floor you don't like, but it can't be ripped up because that would
be a shame, such a good floor, and all. So you live with it and live with it,
and maybe come to hate the good floor, but you can't do anything about it. Then
along comes HUGO........ and in a matter of weeks, you have a beautiful, shiny,
new floor. Is that Bad?
Costly renovations were carefully planned
and put aside for that day when enough money was saved for such a venture, then
along comes HUGO, and the insurance covered it. Is that
Everything was gone with the wind, or
damaged by water, so everyone had to go out shopping for new things. HUGO helped
a lot of people get things they would have otherwise not been able to get. And I
mean the honest-to-goodness way. Is that Bad?
Some say HUGO was a purifying Force. He
straightened many people out, and certainly a lot more people than ever before,
prayed to God for protection on that evil night. Is that
So, strange enough, Bad Hurricane Hugo was
GOOD (especially since no one died that night. )
Thank you for reading this through, those of you
who did. Maybe one day I will submit the entire report to the Hurricane Network
Archives. It is interspersed with Alexander Hamilton's own account of the
1772 hurricane he experienced.
According to Jim Cantore at the Weather Channel,
the poorly visible circulation of INGRID is northeast of the Leewards, but did
not explain the orange blob below. So, let's wait and see. I am not the only
correspondent who is wishing for rain. God bless you.