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- last report for the 2017 season
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:22:27 -0400
This hurricane season and the name Maria will be remembered for a long time in Puerto Rico. We are progressing daily, but there is still so much work to be done. Unfortunately, most of the problems IMHO are because of incompetence and graft and a host of other bad things at the managerial level. There is no real leadership from PR government here and therefore no trust from the people.

We've had years to get our crap together and redo the electric grid, modernize, do basic stuff like prune trees, put lines underground, build more alternative energy systems, etc. All, or at least a large portion, of the money instead goes to salaries and lining personal pockets with fat contracts in the government-run businesses here such as the Electric Authority. Again, the real problem is with leadership and management.

Things (infrastructure, commerce, etc.) will continue to improve...slowly. The human spirit here is strong and Maria has no doubt redefined many lives, mine included. I am glad I have decided to stay here and continue to blossom where I am planted. Haz bien sin mirar a quien. Do good things when and where you have a chance - there is so much need out there. God bless us and a happy, peaceful, meaningful holiday season to all.  

--
David Garcia
Curriculum Director
The English Lab
787 675 4714
 

- My first report after Hurricane Maria
  • By "Richard Boyd" <boyd at mylink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:06:19 -0500
 
 
I thought I would share witth you a message I sent to someone immediately after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico:
 
I live in the “Isla Verde” or tourist area in Puerto Rico. They are many high-rise apartment and hotel buildings here. Hurricane Maria roared in on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, and lasted from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday afternoon. I live about three miles from the San Juan airport, and the winds clocked in at 150 MPH. The eye wall of the storm passed five miles from where I live. People here are always afraid of hurricanes that arrive from the southeast, and they are right. Maria crossed through the entire island with a fury. One NWS official called it a “fifty mile wide tornado”. My apartment was sealed with storm shutters. I have a friend who installs storm shutters and he put them in place. I had no damage to my apartment, but others were not so fortunate. The day after the hurricane I saw apartments with windows blown out and storm shutters blown off (these were on the Atlantic beach side). There was a car in our front parking lot that was parked on the left side of the lot. After the hurricane, it was on the right side of the lot with its windows blown out. The storm itself didn’t scare me because I was sealed in my apartment. What did scare me was when the security guard knocked on my door vat 4 AM. “Are you OK?”, she asked. At the end of the hall there was an apartment and water was shooting out from the bottom of the door, like a power washer! A window had broken in the apartment and that’s where the water came from (the residents were not at home at the time). Since I live near the airport, I can see aircraft coming in for a landing. After the hurricane, no commercial aircraft arrived, only military aircraft (from the states). To be clear, a great deal of Puerto rico is shredded. Many people live in wooden houses in small communities, and those communities are destroyed. There was no major structural damage in my area, mostly signns on stores and restaurants. (Walgreens has a neon sign that says “farmicia”, it now reads “farm”.) The rain forest took a bit hit, and Old San Juan is doing OK. 
 

- Water filters and winding roads
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:30:19 -0400
Our Temple congregation received a donation of special water filters for 
cleaning contaminated water. We brought one home, and will use it to filter the 
rainwater we collect from our roof, since the water has not returned. If we run 
out of bottled water we can drink the filtered water. Otherwise I will use it 
for cooking. We always thought that we needed power back to get water, because 
the municipal water would have to be pumped up the mountain, yet we got water 
for two days. Go figure.

Speaking of mountains, we got lost in the mountains coming home. We were in a 
huge traffic jam in San Juan--not moving, no doubt due to work being done on 
the electrical system. So my husband decided to take an alternate route, a VERY 
alternate route, through the mountains. We got lost and went for miles and 
miles on these very winding, narrow roads, with fallen electrical posts and 
tangled cables everywhere. I was thinking, my God, first every one of these 
roads had to be cleared of fallen trees and debris. Then the posts and cables 
have to be fixed to get power again. And it has to be repeated for hundreds of 
twisty miles through the mountains. No wonder it is such a HUGE task!

Sent from my iPhone

- Spoke too soon
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:08:51 -0400
Oops, I spoke too soon about our getting water back. It went off again. Last night I was back to using a pan of water instead of the shower. In the middle of the night it came back, though. In other words, it’s very unstable, as is the general situation here.




- OUR WATER IS BACK!
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:38:16 -0400
It has come back in fits and starts, but is more back than not. I'd almost 
forgotten what a shower was like!

Sent from my iPhone

- Today was supposed to have been the general rehearsal.
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2017 20:53:41 -0400
Maria tore off roofs, destroyed homes, uprooted trees. Besides the physical 
destruction, there was destruction of another kind--a non-physical one. 

Performers and musicians have been hurt bady by the hurricane. Events that had 
been planned for months came to a screechng halt.

I had been working on a concert since January, for which I did most of the 
vocal and instrumental arrangements. It was supposed to have taken place 
tomorrow.

My son was supposed to appear in a stage comedy for the whole month of October. 
Musicians and dancers have been let go until further notice. Without power, no 
stage performances can take place, and no one will get paid.

Sent from my iPhone

- Typos
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:03:36 -0400
I'm always surprised at the number of typos which sneak through, even though I 
look over what I write. Writing on an Phone lends itself to typos galore.

Sent from my iPhone

- Went to Vieques Yesterday!
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:52:08 -0400
     Because thee has been no reliable ommunicaton with Vieques, and because my 
mother and I would have to stay overnight if we took a ferry to Vieques with 
the car, and because we wouldn't know where to stay if her house was 
uninhabitable, I decided to go by plane by myself and come back the same day.

I rented a car. I was plesantly surprised that Vieques looked rather nice. The 
roads had been cleared. Leaves were growing back.  I didn't see as many poles 
down with cables all over the ground as in PR where I live, although there is 
no power.

Water had returned, but I was told it had stopped again three days ago.

I drove to my mother's house. I was surprised that the grounds had been 
cleared, but trying to get in was a real problem. First, there was a great deal 
of rubble from a carport which had collapased in front of the door--second, the 
key wasn't working--the door was really stuck! After fighting with it for a 
long time I was FINALLY able to open it. 

What a depressing sight. Maria had torn the roof off the living room, and 
everything was a huge jumble. Dishes were broken in the kitchen, chairs were 
toppled over, the couch was turned over and dragged to the middle of the living 
room, the couch pillows were everywhere, and soaking wet.

However, it was darker than it should have been without a roof. I looked up, 
and i saw the roof had been covered!

A neighbor told me that another neighbor had had her workmen clean up the 
grounds and cover the roof with planks and a tarpaulin. That was amazing 
generosity. We have no way of thanking her yet, as she wasn't there and there 
is no way to contact her.

- (An orchid
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:29:29 -0400
This morning for the first time I was able to see the Stormcarib website (on my 
phone, not my computer) and I was able to read my own posts. They are so 
deppressing!  Well, today something good: One of my orchid plants is blooming. 
That gave me great joy.

Sent from my iPhone

- How to get the right level of care
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:17:10 -0700
A Coastie reserve friend just prepared this for wide distribution to help explain the process of getting patients in PR to the right level of care.


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--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Emily's Oct. 19 update
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:07:33 -0400
I have to ask my friend Mark Darhower to relay my post again as for the past two days I've been unable to send email. Things get better, then they get worse. Thank God it did not rain today. I will repeat my last post that has not gone through to give a picture of how things have been. I wrote this the day before yesterday:  I am frightened every time I have to leave my house and come back. There is no easy way to get home, although the re are 3 ways. All steep and windy. One of them, I found out last night, is totally blocked. The rains destroyed the road. The municipality of Guaynabo is constantly working on the roads, which leads to more problems because the machinery also blocks these country roads. End of previous post. I am planning to go out tomorrow. Since it hasn't rained, I'm hopeful there will be no problem. This is a daily struggle in one way or another.

- A sense of desperation
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:15:41 -0400
When will Mother Nature stop hammering us? It seems as soon as we are getting 
ahead we get slammed again. Another tropical wave has engulfed the island with 
torrential rain. Bridges are colapsing, or so covered by flood waters you can't 
even tell a bridge is there. 

I had to come into San Juan under driving rain for a medical appointment. My 
husband was frantically trying to get in touch with me not to try to get home. 
It took him two hours for what would normally take 5 minutes because of flash 
flooding and mudslides. He barely made it. 

My son got stuck at the bottom of the hill to our house. He had to wait in 
pitch-black darkness for another car to push him out. He never made it home. 

I am staying in town with a cousin. Hope I can get home tomorrow. 

Sent from my iPhone

- Beauty Parlors, Gallon Jugs, and Bird Poop
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:22:55 -0400
The day before yesterday I found an open beauty parlor for my mother! (For me, 
too.) It is located on the gounds of a gasoline station, actually, and thus it 
has the use of the gas station's generator. They can't run the airconditioner 
so the doors are open and there are revoloving fans, but there is enough power 
for the blower. 

We had to take our own water, though, since they are not getting water. So we 
took 3 gallons each of rainwater that my husband had collected. 

We have a barrelfull of rain water from those torrential rains, and my husband 
was actually able to wash the cars. Loads of bird poop fall on the cars, 
because they are parked under trees that no longer have leaves to catch the 
poop.

Sent from my iPhone

- The Value of Community
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:22:33 -0400
In the urban area where my son lives, cooking is no longer very feasible 
because the propane gas canisters used for those emergency burners are no 
longer available. (Everyone had electric stoves.) A kind of community 
'soup-kitchen' has been formed, where neighbors can get hot meals to take home.

In the rural area where my sister lives, neighbors are sharing a large 
generator using long extension cords, and everyone pitches in to share food and 
clear debris.

In the community of my synagogue, each member is concerned with every other 
member. What do you know about the Martinez family? Have you heard from Evelyn? 
Who needs a generator? Who is strapped for cash?

It is in tmes of hardship that the value of community comes to the fore.

Sent from my iPhone

- Update from Guaynabo PR
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:28:45 -0400
Some of the macaws are back, large colorful birds that gloriously
screech. Not as many as before the storm, but they are coming back.
The coquis are still pretty quiet at night, but nature is repairing
itself. There is new growth on many of the trees. Wish I could say the
same about the electricity. Here the story with the electricity is 'un
pasito pa lante y dos pasitos pa tras'. Still, I am expecting to have
electricity in my area by end of month. Internet is still spotty...I
was in Ponce (south coast) the other day and communication is still
really bad there...without electricity and stable Internet the wheels
of commerce in metro San Juan can't run...this is a big problem.

-- 
David Garcia
Curriculum Director
The English Lab
787 675 4714
email: englishlabpr at gmail.com
web: www.englishlabpr.webs.com


- No good news
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:27:04 -0400
My husband had to wait an hour outside th supermarket before he was let in, as 
the store was jam-packed with people, either grocery-shopping or enjoying the 
airconditioning. He finally got in, and what he wanted to buy was either 
unavailable or rationed.

Carnival Cruises will not be  coming to San Juan this season. That will be a 
HUGE blow to the merchants in Old San Juan.

Plaza las Americas, the largest mall in the Caribbean, after getting power and 
then losing it again, will shut down completely until the power situation is 
under control.

I wish I had good news.

Sent from my iPhone

- A Stalling Car
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:14:39 -0400
Puerto Rico is like a sputtering car which jerks ahead a bit, then stalls.

I was so thrilled the day before yesterday when I heard that my son in town got 
power back! Well, it's gone again. An important electrical grid crashed or 
something, and all those limited areas which had power back lost it again.

Anyone who tried to get arond the metropolitan area of San Juan and its 
outskirts yesterday was caught in gridlock, due to torrential rains, flooding, 
and no working stoplights. We've been having torrential rains for the last 3 
days, and traffic slows to a 5-mile-an-hour crawl. First two hurricanes and now 
torrental rains. This is really getting tiresome.

We were in San Juan last night for my husband's birthday. (One still has to 
celebrate in spite of everything!) It was the first time I had been in San Juan 
at night since Maria. We had dinner at one of the few restaurants we were told 
for sure was open because it has its own generator.

Driving around at night was very eery. I had never eperienced a city almost 
completely dark. 

I've been told that people from outside who want to help should not send aid 
packages. Not only is mail very slow and complicated now, but FEMA and the 
military confiscate aid sent to individuals and entities in order to distribute 
it to those most in need. It makes sense, but it means you can't epect the aid 
you send to go where it was intended.

Are we moving ahead? I'm told we are, but often it feels like this car is going 
backwards.



Sent from my iPhone

- A Roller Coaster of Emotions
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2017 22:23:37 -0400
UP! My mother`s house in the moutains of Luquillo we thought was unsellable 
after Maria has a potential buyer! The man had been looking around there for a 
place to buy, and is interested even though it`s a big mess of fallen trees and 
debris (we went out there today). He wants to plant and would have to clear the 
land anyway and will take it just as it is. (Rock-bottom price but a huge 
problem solved.)

down: We were looking for a place to have lunch out in Luquillo, and it was 
depressing to see so many places closed, includng our favorite place. There 
were a few fast-food places open but just for car service, so they had these 
really long car lines. We finally found a place that had a sign warning there 
was no ice and one had to pay cash, but at least it was open.

UP! My son who lives in town got power back! Now he has both water AND power!

down: There was a terrible rainstorm near my house which caused mudslides on 
the road. The mud, rocks and additional fallen branches made fo slow and 
dangerous going. Getting close to my house we found a huge tree had fallen and 
blocked the road. It seems everything that was loosened by Maria finally got 
unattached. It was a nightmare getting home.

UP! There has been such an uotpouring of support from outside Puerto Rico. 
Generators have been sent, donations have been sent. People and organizations 
have been extraordinarily generous. We are very grateful.
Emily

Sent from my iPhone

- A vicious circle
  • By Emily Krasinski <emilykrasinski at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:43:57 -0400
Tonight I`m going to try posting directly to the website, without Mark 
Darhower`s help. If it goes through, it would be a great advance.

Things are defiitely improving in terms of infrastructure -- we had garbage 
pickup the other day! Cell signals are better, at least as one gets closer o 
San Juan. But people´s lives... I felt so bad when I heard that the 
maintenance man of our snagogue has left the island, the company he works for 
has lost so much work. The guy who did the valet parking for the restaurant 
next to the synagogue has left the island. The restaurant has been closed and 
who knows if it will open again. He couldn`t find another job.

So many businesses are closed that the government is not collecting the 
badly-needed revenue from the sales tax (which everyone hated). The government 
is running out of money. I`ve heard that by the end of October or some time in 
November funds will run out. This is truly a vicious circle. 

Puerto Rico was already a basket case economically because of its huge debt 
that can´t be paid, but Puerto Ricans are a happy people that love to party, 
and before Irma and Maria you´d never know that we were in so much financial 
trouble.

It feels like the bottom of he basket has fallen out. We will crawl out, but it 
won`t be easy. As long as we don`t have power we will be just limping along.

Emily Krasinski 



Sent from my iPhone

- Update from Emily, Oct. 5, This is my Facebook!
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 23:42:35 -0400
Since internet use is still rather limited, I have been telling friends who want to know how I am to go to stormcarib.com. I realized tonight that, thanks to  my friend Mark Darhower who has been relayng my messages, this is my Facebook!

Good news: gas lines have almost disappesred, cell phone use is gradually improving. In San Juan I could actually get a webpage on my phone. The farther
 you get from san Juan, though, the worse the service gets.
 
My big concern now is Vieques, which is still incommunicado. I understand the airport is still closed except for private planes, and the ferry service has been restricted to daytime hours, since the port has no power. The only phone service is by satellite, and I believe there are only a few satellite phones on the island.

 I wish I could get a tarp put over the gap where the roof of my mother's house was torn off, but there's no one I can reach about it.  I think of all the other Caribbean islands that are also in repair mode, going through the same traumatic post-hurricane experience as we are, but we WILL get tthrough it and RECONSTRUCT.

- Oct. 4: difficulty in internalizing the scope of the crisis
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2017 23:16:17 -0400
My elderly mother has difficulty internalizing how bad things are. She'll say, "Take me to Luquillo to see how my house is, " or if I suggest helping her  wash her hair in limited water, she'll say, "why don't you take me to the beauty parlor tommorow?" (Both of the ones I use have no power. We'd have to drive around looking. ) She really doesn't get it, so I'm glad we can hear an hour of radio when the generator is on, so she can hear what's going on.

- A lucky twist of fate (Emily's Oct. 3 update)
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2017 00:11:45 -0400
I went out tis morning looking for a dentist, on the way passing wmen washing clothes in the river as in days of old, with their children cavorting in the water. Of course, my dentist had a big padlock on the door. I decided to see if the maxillofacial surgeon I had previously been to was open. It looked like all the businesses in the small, 3- story building were dark, but just in case, I walked up to the third floor (no elevator) to check. I walked into a bright, air-conditiioned office--I was amazed! 

The doctor had gone out, and there were no receptionists. There was one couple, a woman who needed to see the doctor and her husband. They happened to have arrived at the same time as the doctor. The doctor knew there a diesel generator on the roof, but had no idea how to connect it.  THE HUSBAND TURNED OUT TO BE AN ELECTRICIAN! He went up to the roof and connected the generator. Then he sent the doctor out to get a particular plug needed to get the dental machines to work. Because of a lucky twist of fate I was able to see the surgeon! It turns out I do have a bad infection, and I will have surgery tomorrow to extract a tooth. I feel i was very, very lucky. I had to get home quickly because Trump was arriving today and the traffic was going to be horrendous.


- Emily's update 10/2/2017 -Things are better!
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 23:50:55 -0400
Oops, wrong. Well... Maybe a little...
Sometimes I think things are better when I get a signal which allows me to text for a few minutes, and the texts actually get through on the first try. Then suddenly, I get a "Not Delivered" message, and no matter how many times I re-try, the text stubbornly won't go through, even though I seem to have a bit of a signal. (Most of the time I see NO SERVICE.)

Yesterday I went into town to get my mother, as where she has been with my cousin ther is no power and no water. At least we have the generator. On the way, I would glance at my phone obsessively, and every time it looked like I had a stronger signal I would stop and make calls or text. I saw cars  on the side of the road doing the same thing.

Some good news: My other son in town got water back! Also, even though Marìa blew away our TV antenna, my mother and I were able to hear a local news radio station through one of the channels today. It's good to feel connected to local news at last. De
I've been so afraid of having a medical emergency under these circumstances, and now I think I am getting an infection in the bone above an incisor.(I have had one previousy so I recognize it.) I'm pretty sure I'll need antibiotics. I can't call from home to make an appontment with my dentist and that office is probably closed. I will have to drive around and see if there is an open dentist somewhere. Yikes.

- Emily's update Sept. 30
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 11:24:50 -0400
Today was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most solemn day of the Jewish Calendar. It was my first day out. 
Our visiting rabbi had to leave because his apartment had become uninhabitable. We did an improvised service in a borrowed space as we had no power in our synagogue. Two lines stuck in my mind from the service: "our best-laid plans are always full
of risk" and "we deserve to heal. " Yes, Puerto Rico deserves to heal.

- From metro San Juan (Condado) area
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:30:22 -0400
Supplies are starting to move and some electricity in metro San Juan area restored, but still a ways to go. Gas and store lines seemed a bit lower today. Debris and garbage getting picked up. Cell and Internet getting better. Yesterday the governor repealed the dry law and extended the curfew from 7pm to 9pm. Although the metro San Juan area seems to be shaping up, I know the interior of the island will take a lot longer to get the same kind of attention. 

- Re: Maria Aftermath
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:23:49 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Gert;
Thanks for your concern. As I am in Florida, but my family and friends are in Puerto Rico, I has been using social media to know about everyone whereabouts. Most of them, including my 3 boys are ok (Thanks to God!). However, others are MIA, not knowing anything at all. Just praying they will communicates a.s.a.p.

As you and all World knows, Puerto Rico has been obliterated by Maria. As a 110 miles by 36 miles rock in the Caribbean, this "beast" dropped a destructive force no one expected. Yes, people were notified about the expected scenario, but what to do about it? People did what they could do after Irma, including helping and assisting our fellow islanders on the Leeward Island impacted by Irma. But it was too much. Just watching videos, pictures and reading about the horrors of the aftermath has been too much for me.

Now, as the Island is "under renovation" (a nice way to say it...), my expectation is that all people together, meaning all help and assistance provided by the USA and other countries, AND the people of Puerto Rico works together as a team, trusting each other, helping your neighbor, and moves forward on a short and long term. Also, for this and next generation of all living on a hurricane-prone location, to be proactive and ready for all future hurricane season. Ain't easy...I know...I survived Hugo, Georges, Eloiza, and many of the tropical/hurricane systems "visiting our Islands". 

To you, thanks for all your time and dedication on helping and assisting us with your website. I owned you a big one...Godspeed!

Carlos



Kind Regards, Carlos



- We Are On a Very Short Leash (Emily)
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:53:32 -0400
My euphoria about being dug out the day before yesterday has tempered considerably. Although we can get out, we can't get very far. This morning Marc and Nando were unable to get any gas. So we have to be very judicious about driving: only one car out at a time and only out of necessity. 

We have to be very judicious about generator use: Turn on in the morning to charge phones, then off. On again in the evening when it becomes difficult to see. Off three and a half hours later. What relly hurts, though, is that we can't go very far.  

My elderly mother, who now lives with my sister, lived with my father for 30 years in a house in  the country, on a hill with a beautiful view, quite a ways from here. We can't go out there to see the damage. Even if we could, the steep entrance is no doubt totally blocked. The property must be a disaster. We were about to sign a contract with a realtor when Irma and Maria hit. The house is probably no longer sellable. After my father passed away, my mother decided she wanted to build another house on the island of Vieques, where she was born.She built a lovely little cottage, again on a hill with a stunning view. She would spend time there, and then come back to her house on the big island. More recently we would rent the house to visitors. A friend in the States sent me a satellite view of the house. It looks like part of the roof was blown away. I could actually see into the living room.There is absolutely no way we can get to Vieques to assess the damage, and there is no communication. It breaks my heart. I don't want to tell my mother...

- continuation (Emily Krasinski)
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:26:38 -0400
I am touched that readers want me to continue.

I got very sad news this afternoon. A neighbor was was driving up the hill in her little green Volt, stopped at the gate, and told me that she had stayed by herself with all her dogs in her brother-in-law´s house further up. (He's a widower--Becky of the green Volt was his deceased wife's sister.) She had insisted that her brother-in-law stay elsewhere for safety, but she needed  to stay with the dogs. The house's roof was blown off, a wall collapsed--the safest place for her to be in was the shower in the bathroom. I assume her dogs were in there with her.
She and tbe dogs made it, but her little wooden house next door was totally destroyed, and all her solar panels were blown away. This is a mountainous area, and they lived further up and were more exposed. We were very lucky. All we lost was an aluminum awning over the front porch--and the roll-up awning on the back porch was destroyed. (Of course we also got flooded.) But in comparison to Becky and Marcos...well, I wanted to cry. So many people in the same--and worse--boat. I get no news at all since I have no internet, no TV, no radio. As it trickles in through texts of friends and family, the news seems more and more horrendous.

- Huracán María 20 sept 2017 3pm
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:50:39 -0400
Hola amigos de StormCarib
Ya a esta hora el ojo de María pasó por nuestra isla. El azote ha sido 
devastador. Al momento no sabemos la magnitud de los daños. Este es el panorama 
desde Carolina...

Seguiremos informando 

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Enviado desde mi iPhone

- Update: We Have been Liberated! (Emily)
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:56:49 -0400
Finally they dug us out. We heard the machinery mid morning--it seemed to take forever to get to our house. The diggers and big machines were here for hours and hours. In the middle of the job, one of the men told me they worked from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m, and they woud have to leave even if they didn't finish in order to get back before the 7 p.m curfew. But they did finish! 

I don't ever remember having a curfew. It's surreal. My husband Marc went out right away to get gas. He was gone for hours and hours, and finally came back wth only two canisters for the generator. The lines were horrendous and the gas rationed. Puerto Rico is slowly coming back to a totally disrupted life. Everything that had been planned or scheduled has been turned upside down. We have to pick  up the pieces and re-plan and re-schedule, but we are in limbo as we don't know when we will have electricity back. 

So in reality, everything has been put on hold except for picking up the pieces we can salvage and cleaningup. 

This is my last Hurricane Maria post. Thank you, Mark Darhower, for being so kind and patient--waiting for me as I tried and tried again to send the text
 messages that failed to go through, and then relaying them to stormcarib.com. You are a great friend. THE END!

- Want to leave San Juan or St.Thomas?
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:56:21 -0700
Received from Dave:

VIA Leigh Goldman

Adventure of the Seas is picking up Evacuees this week..

If you know people that want to get out of STT or San Juan., Please have them email:

Stormhelp at rccl.com

Have them email copy of US passport or proper visas information that allows them into the US..

If they cannot get into the US, the ship will not pick them up..

Adventure – San Juan September 28…

                      St. Thomas September 30…

Dropping them off in Fort Lauderdale Oct. 3…

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- FAA Update, via Dave
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:55:18 -0700

VIA the FAA


Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín - Puerto Rico (San Juan)


Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Authorized 12 commercial flights per day, international flights are not yet authorized.

We continue to recommend not to come to the airport if it does not have a flight confirmation from the airline.

From the FAA update as well


bit.ly/2yCSr8Q


From the article linked in the message above..."The airport handled nearly 100 total arrivals and departures yesterday, including the military and relief operations." So, a dozen "commercial" flights a day, plus nearly 90 "non-commercial" flights for relief operations.


Also from the article ...


Technicians are making their way to a second long-range radar site today at Pico del Este, which is located inside a National Park in Puerto Rico, on the top of a mountain. The last two miles to the site through the rain forest are impassable, so the technicians are using chain saws to clear a path for themselves and the replacement equipment.

FAA technicians are working around the clock to restore services, but because of the extent of the damage and challenges of the terrain where equipment is located, it’s difficult to determine a timeline for the full restoration of service.

The FAA continues to work closely with its federal and local partners to rebuild the aviation system in the islands and help the area recover from two devastating storms.




--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- AT&T Creates Website to Help Locate Family Members and Friends in Puerto Rico
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:20:55 -0700

Looking for an AT&T customer in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

We can help you reach them.

First, enter the cell phone number of the AT&T customer you’re trying to find in Puerto Rico. Then, enter your number.

When that person connects to our wireless network in Puerto Rico, we’ll give them your number and let them know you’re trying to contact them.

We’ll email you when more service is back up and running so you can try to reach them again.


More Info:
http://about.att.com/story/att_creates_website_to_help_locate_family_members_in_puerto_rico.html

Website:

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Update from Dave
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:46:55 -0700

Good morning! Post office stuff:

The following is an official update from the Postal Service regarding operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico for Tuesday, September 26.

USVI:  

ST. JOHN

The Cruz Bay Post Office will be provide handout of mail service on Tuesday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Packages and mail are being transported to St John for availability. There will be no retail service (stamps, money orders, shipping) available.  This particular post office is located at 100 Vesper Gade. 

ST. THOMAS

Additional quantities of packages and mail are being transported to St Thomas for Tuesday availability.  

The Charlotte Amalie Post Office will provide mail and package pickup for customers whose addresses include the ZIP codes 00801, 00802, and 00803

Havensight Station has been providing mail for post office box addresses with ZIP Code 00802.

Customers are now directed to Havensight also for mail handout for customers in the ZIP Code 00804, served by the Emancipation Gardens office.

East End /Tutu Mall continues handout for addresses in ZIP Code 00805    


ST.CROIX

There is no service yet on St Croix.


PUERTO RICO

There will be no postal services in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

However, on Tuesday, the Postal Service is asking postal employees to return to work to support the Postal Service’s recovery effort, deeming it an important start on the road to service.

On Tuesday in the San Juan processing plant:

All tour 2 employees report at the normal time on Tuesday.

All tour 3 employees report at 10 am.

All tour 1 employees by 6 am.

That is all employees of the plant, including managers and supervisors.

Outside of the processing plant, all postmasters, supervisors and managers are asked to report to work at their regular duty location and post office. Their help is needed to assess conditions and to assist in locating postal employees. No other employees should report to work, but all are asked to check-in by phone or in person at one of six area offices open for check-in purposes.  “The welfare of our employees is essential for our recovery to service,” the Postal Service said.

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Update: 5th day of isolation (Emily)
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:48:54 -0400
Update: 5th day of isolation

We were so optimistic this morning. We were sure we'd be seeing the diggers reach us and set us free today. The time went by--not a sign of them. My son trekked down the hill to see if they were on their way. Nope. Our street, with so few houses (far apart) is not a priority.
But then my son Nando was able to reach a friend in a brief moment of cell connection, who drove up as close as possible. Nando trudged up through the debris of fallen trees and reached the car, and they went grocery shopping! They went to our country grocery store, as the big ones in town have impossibly long lines. They were not able to get gas. So now we have enough food to feed an army--well, no, to last many weeks. They had to lug it down through the mess of fallen trees. But it would be nice to be set free.

- Lots of useful info, received from Dave on STT.
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:03:13 -0700

Good afternoon!!! 

So I heard today STT has 2 days of diesel and a weeks worth of gas. This coming from a station manager of one of the two terminals. Hmmmm... PR distribution wrecked. Anyway....


VIA WGOST

PR/STT/STJ/STX

not sure if this will help or not, i am looking for the ferry and ships schedule, will post if i find them 


~~~ UPDATE.....PUERTO RICO: LOCATE FAMILY:

PR Islands Disaster Relief Team at: Maria at prfaa.pr.com

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**202-800-3133

**202-778-0710

787-777-0940

877-976-2400

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PUERTO RICO: EMERGENCY #s:

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AEMEAD: 787-724-0124 ( Emergency & Disaster Mgt);

AEE: 787-521-3434 ( Electric & Power);

DTOP: 787-787-9918 / 787-225-1539 ( Transportation & Public Works);

FIRE DEPT: 787-343-2330

RED CROSS: 787-758-8150

POLICE: 787-343-2020

AAA: 787-620-2482

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

UPDATED: SEPT. 24, 2017................ 8:00 PM:

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******** INFORMATION CONTACT NUMBERS *********

VITEMA – (EOC)............................INFORMATION / LOCATE PEOPLE:

STT: 340-774-2244 

St. Croix: 1-340-773-2244

St. John: 1-340-776-2244

STJ RESCUE LINE: 340 – 772 - 9111

STT RESCUE LINE: 340 -776 - 9110

STT 911 CENTER: 340 – 772 - 9111 ( Option1 ) / 9 11

FEMA: 800-621-3362 / 7:00 AM-11:00 PM Local time/ (Mon-Sun)...Multi-Lingual / www.DisasterAssistance.Gov/es

RED CROSS HELPLINE/ FAMILY REUNIFICATION AID: 1-800-733-2767 / 340-774-0375.

VI HAM RADIO: Operators located at the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) are utilizing the 60M Radio Band/CH2 (5346.5 USB) to coordinate emergency communications.

***FEMA: 800-621-3362 / 7:00 AM-11:00 PM Local time/ (Mon-Sun)...Multi-Lingual / www.DisasterAssistance.Gov/es

***FEMA APP ( Fema.gov): https://www.fema.gov/disaster/ 4340 ( US Virgin Islands Hurricane MARIA = DR 4340 )

FEMA APP: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma...... ( IRMA = DR 4335 )

FEMA EMERGENCY LODGING ASSISTANCE: will pay for hotels. Contact: FEMA ELA program 1-866-545-9865.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE: 1-877-872-5627 / https://www.benefits.gov

VI DIVISION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: 340-776-3700 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm).

FREE DISASTER LEGAL SERVICES HOTLINE: 1-800-310-7029 (VI ): (10:00 AM- 5:00 PM/ M-F).

VETERANS ASSISTANCE: Care & Meds: 800-507-4571 / Compensation & Pension Benefit Checks: 800-827-1000.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER: 340-776-3966.............2317 Commandante Gade – STT.

CARIBBEAN KIDNEY CENTER - STX - Dialysis

VITRAN provides Free Transport - CALL: 340-773-1290

MED TRANSPORT in Red Hook on STT: Call 911 or VHF Radio Channel 16.

T S A ( AIRPORT SECURITY ): 1-866- 289-9673

U.S. CITIZENS - NEEDING EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE:

U.S. State Dept: IrmaemergencyUSC at state.gov

Submit Your Info: 1-888-407-4747 and 1-202-501-4444.

SOURCES FOR NEWS:

Radio Stations: 100.3 FM / 93.5 FM / 1340 AM (340-777-4500/774-1340)

VITEMA.

GOV HOUSE.

VI CONSORTIUM

USVI -NEWS UPDATE: 340-772-0357

THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM.

WTJ X VIRGIN ISLANDS PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEM ( FB PAGE)

INFORM USVI.

ONLINE: “V.I. SOURCE” / stthomassource.com & facebook) / 340-228-8784

RADIO STATION: 340-773-9951

GENERATOR REPAIR: VI INTERNATIONAL: 340-643-7310

GAS: PARADISE GAS: 340-693-8848 / ANTILLES GAS: 340-227-8535 / STT GAS: 340-714-4144

***FERRY SERVICE : 340-776-6412 and 340-776-6282 (STT / STJ )

340-473-1322 ( STX )

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PRIVATE TRANSPORT:

EAST END EXCURSIONS: 1-787-860-3434

INTERISLAND BOAT SERVICES: 340-776-6597

THE “TORTUGA” : 787-439-1672 / 772-333-9383

CARIBBEAN SEA ADVENTURES: 340-773-2628

CARIBE BLISS: 787-439-1672

BLACK PEARL: 833-226-2884

DOLPHIN WATER TAXI ( for updates to resume service): 340-774-262

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CAPITAL AIR: 340-998-8654

CAPE AIR: 1-800-352-0714

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US COAST GUARD ( STT) : 340-776-3497

VIPA: 340-714-6630

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TAXI SERVICE: 340-626-7805 ( USE-WHATSAPP & Text, if no answer) 

CYRIL KING AIRPORT: 340-774-5100

VIYA: 340-777-8492

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SHIPPING COMPANIES:

STT CARGO: 305-887-9555 ( Vernon Araujo) / 340-776-8660 

VICARGO: 305-863-0081 / 340-778-6331.

TROPICAL SHIPPING: 561-881-3900 / (800) 638-8767.

CARIBTRANS: (305) 696-1200. (STT Agent: 340-513-0922)

CROWLEY SHIPPING: 305-463-4817 / 1-800-276-9539.

FEDERAL EXPRESS – STT: 1-800-463-3339

UPS - STT: 340-776-1700

HUMANE SOCIETY: 340-643-0796

ISLAND DOG RESCUE: 757-679-4327

WAPA: MAIN No: 340-773-2250

EMERGENCY NO: STT – 340-774-1424

EMERGENCY NO: STX: 340-773-0150

VI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: 340-718-1311 / 340-774-9100

VI DEPT. OF LABOR: 340-776-3700 / www.vidol.gov

OFFICE OF LT. GOVERNOR: 340-774-7166 / ltg.gov.vi

VI WASTE MGT AUTHORITY: 340-715-9100

SCHNEIDER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: 340-776-8311

ROTARY CLUB: 340-643-3869

USVI POLICE DEPT: 340-778-2211

VIBE: BOARD OF EDUCATION: 340-774-4546

VI DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES: 340-774-0930

VI RESOURCE CENTER FOR DISABLED: 340-777-2253

UNITED WAY OF USVI: 340-774-3185 / 340-714-3158

UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS ( STT ) : 340-776-9200

USVI MEDICAID: 340-774-0930 / 340-715-6929

EBT CARD VI – CUSTOMER SERVICE: 866-884-2868

SNAP PROGRAM ( STT ): 340-773-2323

VI CONSUMER PROTECTION OFFICES: 340-773-2226 / 340-714-3522

US VI GOVERNMENT HOUSE: 340-774-0001

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VI POSTAL SERVICE /OFFICES: 

Veteran's Annex: 340-774-1950

Havensight: 340-776-9897

Emmancipation Gardens: 340-774-3750

East End: 340-775-7354

Charlotte Amalie: 340-774-1950

AIR / SEA COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT:

SEABORNE AIR: 1-866-359-8784 / 1-800-359-8687

CAPITAL AIR: 340-998-8654

AMERICAN AIRLINES: 800-433-7300

DELTA AIR: 800-241-4141 ( Intern'l) & 800-221-1212 ( Dom)

SPIRIT AIR: 801-401-2222 / 1-800-772-7117

CAPE AIR: 1-800-352-0714

JET BLUE: 1-800-538-2583

UNITED AIRLINES: 1-800-864-8331

RCCL Phone: 1 (800) 256-6649 ( Royal Caribbean )

NCL Phone: 1 (866) 234-7350 ( Norweigan Cruise Lines)

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE: Phone: 1-800-764-7419

-----MOBILE PHONE PROVIDERS:

ATT: 800-331-0500

340-777-7776 / 340-777-2355

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BOOST MOBILE: 866- 402-7366

340-777-2355

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SPRINT: 888-945-6478

340-776-0770

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VERIZON: 800-922-0204

340-776-0770

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T-MOBILE: T-Mobile Phone: 611

Other: 877-746-0909

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VIRGIN MOBILE: VM Phone: 611

888-877-8443

340-775-1024

340-777-3144

STORM AFTERMATH COMMUNICATION OPTIONS: 

*** MSG PEOPLE TO.....ALWAYS REBOOT DEVICES......BEFORE EACH COMMUNICATION........SO IT CAN SEARCH FOR NEAREST WORKING TOWER:

1. iPHONES: FACETIME

2: ANY DEVICE: FACEBOOK MESSENGER

3. ANY DEVICE: FACEBOOK AUDIO MESSENGER

4. APP: WHATSAPP.

5. APP: IMO

6. APP: ZELLA ( Walkie/Talkie)

7. LEAVE a MESSAGE on Your Voicemail..... so people calling your device can know HOW & WHERE you are: don't need service to do this.

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SHELTERS: STT.

KNUD HANSEN COMPLEX

LOCKHART SCHOOL

BERTHA C. BOSCHULTE MIDDLE SCHOOL

IVANNA EUDORA KEAN HS

ROY LESTER SCHNEIDER MEDICAL CENTER ( SPECIAL NEEDS).

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ST.JOHN SHELTERS:

✖️Guy Benjamin School 

✖️Bethany Moravian Church.

ST. CROIX SHELTERS:

✖️The Herbert Grigg Home, 

✖️Canegata Recreation Center

✖️The St. Croix Educational Center

***Charles Harwood Medical Complex ( Special Needs)

WAPA.......................7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

MAIN No: 340-773-2250

EMERGENCY NO: STT – 340-774-1424

EMERGENCY NO: STX: 340-773-0150

….................LOOKING & INFO PAGES:

*STT https://www.facebook.com/groups/203829013487699/

STJ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1906776062980950/

BVI https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460024590745354/

…...................LISTS:

MARIA – STT MISSING PPL LIST

VI SAFE: People Safe

IRMA SAFETY CHECK: People Safe

WHAT'S GOING ON WATER ISLAND.

WHAT'S GOING ON ST. THOMAS

MARK YOURSELF SAFE IN PUERTO RICO

WHAT'S GOING ON ST. CROIX

NEWS OF ST. JOHN / ST. JOHN ' ROLL CALL'

ST. JOHN RESCUE, INC.

DisasterAssistance.gov

Acceso a la Asistencia por Desastre y Recursos

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Thing are better, things are worse part 2
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:05:59 -0400
We've heard that people are camping out in the parking lots of supermarkets in San Juan, ready to rush in when the doors open, that there are fights in the night.

- from Emily Krasinski: Things Are Better--Things Are Worse
  • By Mark Darhower <markdarhower at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:59:09 -0400
On the one hand, things are improving. When my husband and son macheted their way down the hill this morning, they found that the valley had been cleared. They  also learned from someone that indeed, the grocery store was open for business ( though the badly damaged gas station was not. ) But alas, it had just closed!  They trudged back up empty-handed, but told me that the road-cleaning was getting closer and closer.

--
Mark Anthony Darhower, PhD
ACTFL Certified Tester and Trainer of English and Spanish
Raleigh, NC

- Update from a disabled island (Emily Krasinski)
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:50:38 -0700
Received from Mark Darhower an update from our hurricane correspondent Emily by text.

From: Mark Darhower
Date: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: Update from a disabled island (Emily Krasinski)

Emily is still basically incomunicada in Puerto Rico, but she was able to text me the following narrative.

Update from a Disabled Island
by Emily Krasinski

This is an update on my own personal situation. I am sending this by (very) slowly texting a friend in the U.S., as in Puerto Rico there are no land lines, no internet, almost nil cell phone connection and very spotty and excruciatingly slow text messaging. Most of the time there is no service at all. There is no power. There is no water.

I live in the country, in the mountains of Guaynabo in a rather isolated spot with no close neighbors. My husband and I and a grownup son who stayed with us (thank God) spent Hurricane Maria in a two-story cement house, which has weathered previous hurricanes quite well. We thought we were well-prepared, with a gas generator and a water tank on the roof, which we have been using since Irma. Our power and water taken by Irma has not returned. We had weathered Hurricanes David, Federico, Hugo, Georges, Irene, Irma (and probably others I can´t remember.)

NEVER have we experienced real fear as with Maria. The house was trembling, groaning and shaking. My husband saw the water in the toilet move back and forth! It flet like zombies were attacking! At this point I have begun to ration our food as their is no telling when we can get out. )There are 15 bananas, 1 each for 5 days. There are 9 eggs, 5 gallons of water and some juice. From zombies to The Martian!

Tomorrow my husband and son will slash and chop their way down the steep, narrow country road to a grocery store about a mile away. But what if it is closed?

 




- Fwd: Updates on current conditions in Puerto Rico
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:47:16 -0700
Below an email from Carlos Rivera, he is in New York City, not Puerto Rico.  He wrote that he "has been listening to various channels on ZELLO app which has been a legit life line in real time given the extremely limited access to cell phone signal...I want to encourage you to go on the ZELLO app and get on the ( hurrican maria Puerto Rico ) and offer live real time updates from your locations..."

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carlos Rivera
Subject: Re: Updates on current conditions in Puerto Rico


[...]

(The Good)---At this time media reports are that assets have been mobilized and are en route to the Island...These first response assets include several additional stateside U.S. Military and National Guard units to augment those already on the Island,... NGO's and other rescue and relief services are gearing up and waiting waiting their turn on the line now that it is being reported 2-3  Airports on the Island are said to be "open" or somewhat operational, however priority flights are being given to the military first response units in addition to some NGO's and other rescue and relief service assets...In short help is on the way..!!!

(The Bad and perhaps the obvious) ---Substantial damage to infrastructure, Island power grid is still down, cell tower systems down but satellite cell phone systems are operational, downed power lines, flooded roads, downed trees and rubble as well as over flow from rivers and tributaries further complicate the ability to get restorative service personnel and assets to the affected areas.

 I won't get into the unsubstantiated and unverified reports on the rescues taking place from rooftops of buildings, collapsed bridges and number of those who have expired as a result of the Hurricane, I will leave all that to those assets on the ground and on the Island who can best assess and report. The lack of verifiable and accurate information outside the Island due to lack of power and the communications infrastructure complicates things. 

(What's needed going forward)---Patience, Respect for one another, Collective Calm and Cool hearts and minds. In addition those of us outside the Island can begin to organize collections of food, water, medical supplies and other essentials that will be needed for the recovery phase (construction tools, protective gear, Chainsaws, emergency lighting, batteries, radios, etc,) ...Ham Radio operators would be of much needed service on the Island and stateside to provide accurate and verifiable information....I been listening to many reports on Zello (primarily from people outside the Island seeking to know the status of conditions and family, friends on the Island).  There are occasional reports from folks that have the ability to offer verifiable reports en vivo (live) from the Island whenever possible but limited to their locality. Kudos to the moderators and reporters on Zello who make a difficult task manageable for the many that can't get to through to Family and or friends.  

Patience, Respect for one another, Collective Calm and Cool Hearts and Minds are the call of the day. 

Last minute update by Carlos:
You may want to add a post about the evacuation of the areas bordering the Guajataca Dam which has overflowed and there are reports by municipal operators there is a likely hood it will "Fail"...evacuations are taking place at this time. That's a whole lot of people to move.




- Slowly getting communication back
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:15:19 -0400
Still 30+ municipalities incommunicado. Port may open soon to allow shipments; airport may resume some flights Monday. Electricity is out throughout the island. 

- From Condado PR
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:58:34 -0400
Like everywhere else, all trees very damaged and lots of general damage in Condado. Lots of rain right now. The park on Avenida Magdalena and Ashford Ave in general took severe pounding. Everyone is in assessment and cleanup mode. Let me know how I may help! 

- Airport Updates
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:31:02 -0700

Received via Dave:

Airports:

VIA Jason Coscia

Airport information (source FAA)

St Thomas Airport

Closed till further notice with exception of military hurricane relief operations. 

Currently navigation instruments, landing assistance instruments (ILS, PAPI) and weather advisory systems non operational. Also runway and taxi related lighting out. Air Traffic control not fully operational.


St Croix Airport

Closed until further notice with exception of military hurricane relief operations

Currently VOR and ILS navigation and landing instruments not operational. further assessment is underway

San Juan Airport

The airport is closed pending further damage assessment with exception of military hurricane relief operations.

Currently the runway PAPI and airport navigation systems are not operational and weather advisory system not operational

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Hurricane Hotline Numbers
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:29:28 -0700
Dave told me of the following Hotline Numbers:

Hurricane Hotlines numbers for Puerto Rico to call and check on Family and Friends. 

202-778-0710 

787-777-0940

877-976-2400



--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Strong winds and rain in Guaynabo
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:31:01 -0400
Getting steady very strong gusts and rain in Guaynabo and increasing. 

- From Puerto Rico
  • By Suzanne Perta <fincadelseto at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:43:41 -0400
4:30am here in the central mountains of PR.  Sustained strong & gusty winds; constant rain.  Eyewall of Maria reported over Vieques.  Extreme Wind Alert for SE PR.  Sustained winds of 47mph in San Juan.  Maria moving NW right now at 305 degrees.  Pressure up a little to 917mb.



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- Rincón Puerto Rico
  • By Cynthia Calvin <rinconsportsmassage at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:49:50 -0400
We are feeling the begging now 2am west side rincón Puerto Rico 

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- From Puerto Rico
  • By Suzanne Perta <fincadelseto at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:31:56 -0400
Power in gone in Jayuya, and, I believe, everywhere else on the island as well.  Still getting signal.  Rain coming in bands; not seeing much wind yet. 

 

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- A palpable sense of dread
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:24:23 -0400
There is a palpable sense of dread over Social Media and television as we hear of Maria’s winds increasing fro 150 to 155 to 160 to 165 to 170 to 175…

There is a great of fear of losing all communication, besides great damage to property, let alone life.



- HURACAN MARÍA
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:20:22 -0400

Hola Amigos de StormCarib

Reportando desde Carolina, PR 

Hasta ahora todo tranquilo... Lluvia y viento moderado... Se espera que el 
huracán María afecte a la isla con fuertes vientos y mucha lluvia mañana 
miércoles en la mañana... Seguiremos Informando...


Carolina PR 19sept2017 6:30

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- Hope and fear before María
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:25:23 -0400
   Category 5 María continues to threaten us directly. Tropical winds should be felt tonight around 8, with the eye passing  somewhere over the island all day Wednesday. I went out this morning to do some last minute grocery shopping. It’s interesting how different people display different attitudes and emotions. Some have ominous premonitions of catastrophe, others are cheerful and optimistic, believing that, as always, God will protect us and veer the hurricane to the north at the last minute. Everyone seems to be constantly checking their phone for updates. Will it come in through Humacao? Will it go out through Bayamón or Dorado? Is the National Hurricane Center’s model more accurate or is the European model? Will the eye go over my house? (In our case it is a very possible scenario.)     






- Morning report
  • By "Richard Boyd" <boyd at mylink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:46:44 -0400
 
 
Here in the San Juan area, we are already having an noticeable winds and the sky is grey. From what I read, the storm will kick in tonight and be an all day event tomorroow. Everyone is asking, "when dou think the power will go out?". 
I have strong storm shutters on my apartment. The apartment is already muggy. Fortunately, I can still run fans and the airconditioner.
Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers!

- A sense of resignation mixed with dread
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:01:32 -0400
Our 19-year lucky streak is running out. Georges was the last major hurricane to hit, in 1998.. We have thought that Puerto Rico was especially blessed, since hurricanes have usually veered north before hitting us. However, exactly 2 weeks after feeling the wrath of Hurricane Irma, we will probably be experiencing a direct hit from Maria. It’s movement has wobbled only to the extent that we can’t be sure where it will come in, but it will go across the island.  We have always felt safe in our cement 2-story house in the mountains of Guaynabo, but were are now taking seriously the warning to find the safest room in the house.



- Maria Approaches Puerto Rico
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:53:11 +0000

Hurricane Maria – 36 hrs from Puerto Rico

Celso A. Hernandez in Arecibo/Hatillo

September 18, 2017  Local 1:00PM

 

Government reports that fewer than 70,000 are yet to get their electric power restored after Irma.  Newscasters say that there is not a power plant left in stock on the island.  I saw customers signing in and sitting in store waiting rooms for generators to be delivered.  Lots of luck!

 

The storm is moving at 10mph westward from the Leeward Islands.  That must be terrible there.  Check out the reports on this web site.  Government workers were given the day off after 12PM today.  Public schools and colleges did not open today. 

We expect the hurricane to hit Puerto Rico around 2AM on Wednesday and to linger all day Wednesday.  The winds are expected at that time to be of Cat3 or Cat4… perhaps as high as 140mph.  Irma hit P.R. with 70mph winds… and left ¾ of the power company’s customers without electricity.   Imagine what is expected now.  The governor was on TV at 8AM and said just as much… brace yourselves for difficult times after the onslaught.  Hurricane Maria is expected to cut right through the island.

 

The lines at the store were longer than for Irma.  I could not find D-batteries at a large hardware store.  Yesterday, Walgreens was limiting customers to 2-gallons of bottled water.  This morning the news commented that there was an ocean freighter approaching our harbor with 6-million liters of bottled water.  Does not seem much.  Luckily the island has many water purifying and bottling companies that normally meet the demand. At noon time there was still no bottle necks at the gasoline stations.  Sure, all the pumps had a car lined up for fuel but there were no lines going back into the roads and streets.

 

The electric was out in my area for 30-minutes.  Just came back.  Let me post now.  Perhaps during this storm I will be able to dust off my Radio Amateur gear and make use of it.  I hope that won’t be the case.  After so many years of retirement, my colleagues would think the worst for the situation if they heard me once again signing in to the ham bands!

 

 



- Puerto Rico: Maria on track
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:25:19 +0000

Maria Heads-up for Puerto Rico

Celso A. Hernandez in Arecibo/Hatillo

September 17, 2017  Local: 09:15AM

 

      Not even a breeze this morning.  The stores open at 11AM on Sundays.  I am one who is low on bottled water and UHT milk.  I think I am good on canned soups.  The excellent graphs elsewhere on this web site show possible paths for Hurricane Maria indicating a high probability that she will target Puerto Rico.  Just a few propagated lines miss the island altogether. 


      We fared surprisingly well after Hurricane Irma.   The electricity was the major interruption and that was restored to many of the customers of the north coast in four days.  Friends tell me that sections in San Juan are still out.


     I am good on the site with reports on local conditions as long as the electricity and cable services stay up.

 





- Arecibo/Hatillo #4
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:41:06 +0000

Days after the passing of Hurricane Irma, I have almost gotenu used to the  distant noise of my neighbors' power genuerators.  Luckily, I can charge my cell phone at my cousin's power plant- just hand it ovyer to him at the back fence.

The closest mall, Plza Atlantico is reported back functioning with electric power. Communities, such as Jardines de Arecibo got back on the grid last night. Water supply has hbeen slow to recover.  Many homes have their own 400-gallon cisterns,  usually on the roof.  These are often motor pump driven or just rely on gravity feed.

I spoke to the President of the Hatillo Legislature at 9:30AM and he says that at least onue sector, Pajuil, has its electric power turned on.  Work crews are out inu force elsewhere.  Public school classes are to resume on Monday the 11th.  All roads are passable and have been not affected by Irma.

Nearly all businesses are open.  Barrancas Bakery had an early full house for lunch yesterday.

My neighborhood, Las Canelas, hopes for resumptionu of electric service possibly today.  Affecting this schedule: a jolting lightning discharge scarred a nearby electric pole and this may become a  delaying factor.

So.. I tell my friends not to  fret if they cannot reach their loved ones on the phone.  Many  have dead  batteries.   Mine is at 15%. 

WE are okay.   Pray for recovery of the smaller sister islands.

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- Power returns
  • By "Richard Boyd" <boyd at mylink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 08:12:22 -0400
 
I was very surprised when our power returned last night at 8 PM. I live in the tourist area of Carolina, Puerto Rico. The damage from Irma here was minimal, but the beach area is a terrible mess. I am grateful that it was not much worse.
 

- Lo que nos dejo Irma...
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 22:27:41 -0400
Hola Amigos de Storm Carib
Reportando desde Carolina, Puerto Rico
Algunas imágenes de estado actual de la isla, específicamente en Carolina y 
áreas costeras... Muchas ramas caídas, algunos árboles arrancados de raíz y 
caminos costeros llenos de arena... Los esfuerzos se han concentrado en 
restablecer el sistema de electricidad, ayudar a personas que perdieron sus 
hogares, limpieza de vías vehiculares y recibir enfermos desde las vecinas 
islas afectados por Irma...

Seguiremos informando,
Elena García 

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- Irma +2
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:57:36 +0000

We woke up to a beautiful blue sky, hardly any wind blowing.  Local stores full of clients.  We had lost power way back here in Arecibo, but we were glad to have  our water supply intact.   Lost that late morning.  
At 1:00PM dark clouds moved in from the south and we had a good down pour lasting 15   minutes.   Thunder can   still be heard, though receeding.   This shower is not remarkable and actually the norm this time of year,  so I cannot accredit it to Irma.

A  rather tough, no-nonsense reporter interviewed the head of the power agency and we are told that sòme restoration of electric power is envisioned as early as one week.  Much  more in 3 weeks with the remainder to be completed in 2 or 3 months.  The aerial survey of the network indicates  that  the huge towers holding up the kilo-volt lines are all upright.  The insulators, my term, have failed in many cases for lack of maintenance.  Other causes for downed lines are the incidence of trees and poles that fell from the up to 70mph winds that battered the island.  Puerto Rico, although greatly affected (try to live without electricity for weeks) was spared the fate of some of the Leeward  Islands.  During the same interview it was revealed that our Municipal Island of Culebra has had  50% of its electrìc power put back on line.  It has a much smaller area... seems the reason  given for the welcome success there. 

I still don't know about the airport or the harbors.
Losing cell battery...

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- Fwd: Puerto Rico IRMA aftermath
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:56:44 +0000

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From: Celso Hernandez
Sent: Thursday, September 7, 10:45 AM
Subject: Puerto Rico IRMA aftermath
To: StormReporting

Celso A. Hernandez
In Arecibo/Hatillo
Sept. 7, 2017  local 9AM, EDT

No electricity in the north coast since afternoon yesterday.  Actually, a quiet night.  Perhaps 50mph top winds in my area.  A couple of branches ripped off across the road.  Water supply is still on... for now.  This relies on electric pumps and 70% of the island has no power this morning.  About 17% are without water.  Rainfall was from 2 to 8-inches, but Bayamon (near San Juan) got 20" so said Governor Rossello at 8AM in his Media address. 

AEE engineers will be conducting an aerial survey of the electrical system this morning starting at 11AM.  Some officials doubt if all customer service will be restored in a month's time.  I am going to miss my reruns of NYPD on TV.

My section of the sky is grey as if it was brushed on... but there is a discreet cloud towards the east.  But no wind and no cloud movement.  Lost 15 huge avocados total during the night. The high ones usually crack open when they land.

Officials are hoping to resume public school classes on Monday. All govt. Agencies are closed tomorrow Friday.  Puerto Rico sheltered 6200 persons and 500 mascots last night. Apparently, hotels were full and some angry tourists wound up at the shelters as a last resort. The airport is a priority and only the FAA can re-certify it for opening.  I would only be speculating an opinion here.

Radio announcements speak of further bands of rain reaching the island. Stay tuned.  Please visit the  reports for our sister Caribbean islands.  Help anyway you can.


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- Irma on Guaynabo City...
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:50:28 +0000 (UTC)


Regards,
Carlos

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- Puerto Rico IRMA aftermath
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:45:07 +0000

Celso A. Hernandez
In Arecibo/Hatillo
Sept. 7, 2017  local 9AM, EDT

No electricity in the north coast since afternoon yesterday.  Actually, a quiet night.  Perhaps 50mph top winds in my area.  A couple of branches ripped off across the road.  Water supply is still on... for now.  This relies on electric pumps and 70% of the island has no power this morning.  About 17% are without water.  Rainfall was from 2 to 8-inches, but Bayamon (near San Juan) got 20" so said Governor Rossello at 8AM in his Media address. 

AEE engineers will be conducting an aerial survey of the electrical system this morning starting at 11AM.  Some officials doubt if all customer service will be restored in a month's time.  I am going to miss my reruns of NYPD on TV.

My section of the sky is grey as if it was brushed on... but there is a discreet cloud towards the east.  But no wind and no cloud movement.  Lost 15 huge avocados total during the night. The high ones usually crack open when they land.

Officials are hoping to resume public school classes on Monday. All govt. Agencies are closed tomorrow Friday.  Puerto Rico sheltered 6200 persons and 500 mascots last night. Apparently, hotels were full and some angry tourists wound up at the shelters as a last resort. The airport is a priority and only the FAA can re-certify it for opening.  I would only be speculating an opinion here.

Radio announcements speak of further bands of rain reaching the island. Stay tuned.  Please visit the  reports for our sister Caribbean islands.  Help anyway you can.


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- Fwd: #Urgent: Over One Million Customers Without Power In Puerto Rico
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 06:04:18 -0700


#Urgent: Over One Million Customers Without Power In Puerto Rico

 

More than one million customers in Puerto Rico are without power, the director of island’s Electric Energy Authority (AEE) said.

As of 10:10 p.m. Wednesday night, 1,079,465 electric customers without power, or about 68% of all clients, AEE Executive Director Ricardo Ramos Rodriguez said in a video posted on the authority’s Twitter account.

 



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Caribbean Hurricane Network
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- Fwd: #News: More Than 56,000 Without Water In Puerto Rico
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 06:03:52 -0700


#News: More Than 56,000 Without Water In Puerto Rico

 

More than 56,000 customers are without water in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of a close brush with Hurricane Irma.

The northeast of Puerto Rico, including Isla de Culebra, was the hardest-hit area, Jesus Poupart of Puerto Rico’s emergency operations center told CNN.

Some 56,680 customers are without water service, Poupart said. Emergency officials are still taking in reports from various parts of the territory to determine the extent of the damage.

In the northeast city of Fajardo, authorities conducted at least 10 rescues, an emergency dispatcher there told CNN. Of those, five rescues were from flooded homes, two rescues from people trapped in vehicles, and three people rescued who were trapped in an elevator, the dispatcher said.

 


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Caribbean Hurricane Network
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- Bye-bye Irma
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:02:25 -0400
Irma had such a strange finale. The closest point was supposed to be at 8 pm. 
The winds were going strong around 7:20 and I expected them to be reaching 
their peak and then to taper off, but then it seemed like they suddenly 
stopped. And that was that. 8 o'clock came and went with no drama. Irma had 
taken her leave.
Tomorrow we'll go out to the road and see if we can get out of here. 

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- Fwd: #EXTRA: Public Health Emergency declared in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:02:55 -0700

#EXTRA: Public health emergency declared in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

 

A public health emergency has been declared in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price due to Hurricane Irma.

HHS has also sent a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to Puerto Rico. This includes health care providers and support staff who are non-government but are called to federal service in cases of disasters. They are able to aid local officials and assist with urgently needed medical care.

This designation follows an emergency declaration by President Trump for the same islands.

Price made the same declaration in Texas and Louisiana last week following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

 

Full statement from HHS:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 


HHS Secretary Price declares public health emergency in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Irma
 

 

Following the lead of President Trump’s emergency declarations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., today declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma continues its track in the Caribbean. In addition, he has taken action that gives HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.

“As Hurricane Irma bears down on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, HHS stands ready to help our fellow Americans and do all we can to ensure they have access to the healthcare services and support they need,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “Assets are being mobilized to address both immediate healthcare needs and prepare for long-term challenges. We are doing everything in our power to maintain access to care for those with Medicare and Medicaid by supporting the ability of hospitals and other healthcare facilities that participate in those programs to provide timely care to as many people impacted by the storm as possible.”

In addition to increasing the flexibility in providing services to, and assistance for, CMS beneficiaries, HHS has deployed approximately 70 personnel to affected areas to help state and local authorities plan and respond to communities’ medical needs, and additional staff is on standby to assist.

Today’s declaration of public health emergencies for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands follows similar emergency declarations for Texas and Louisiana that Secretary Price signed to help residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Secretary Price acted under his authority in the Public Health Service Act and Social Security Act.

These actions and flexibilities are effective retroactively to September 5, 2017.

Public health and safety information for Hurricane Irma can be found at https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/irma2017/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

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- Old San Juan Port...
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:48:28 +0000 (UTC)
https://www.facebook.com/nayda.gutierrez.12/videos/10155804723159388/

Kind Regards, Carlos

- Condado...
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:43:18 +0000 (UTC)

- Hurricane Irma effects on Carolina...from Pedro Torres
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:26:53 +0000 (UTC)

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Kind Regards, Carlos

- Hurricane Irma Tropical Cyclone Update 600 PM AST (Puerto RIco)
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:08:08 +0000 (UTC)
CUAT1

Hurricane Irma Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL112017
600 PM AST Wed Sep 06 2017

...600 PM AST POSITION UPDATE...
...CORE OF IRMA PASSING JUST NORTH OF PUERTO RICO...

A wind gust of 63 mph (102 km/h) was recently reported in San Juan,
Puerto Rico.  A NOAA National Ocean Service observing site on
Vieques recently reported a sustained wind of 51 mph (82 km/h) and
wind gust of 64 mph (104 km/h).


SUMMARY OF 600 PM AST...2200 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...18.9N 65.6W
ABOUT 50 MI...75 KM NE OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...185 MPH...295 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 16 MPH...26 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...914 MB...26.99 INCHES

$$
Forecaster Brennan
Kind Regards, Carlos

- Escambron Beach feeling the effect of Irma' winds...
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 21:26:03 +0000 (UTC)
Tweet from NotiUno 630 ( at NotiUno) tweeted at 4:03 PM on Wed, Sep 06, 2017:
[AHORA]
Así se siente el #HuracanIrma en la playa El Escambron. 

Sigue la cobertura de #Notiuno630  at UnoRadio  at stridmatos  at AlexDelgadoPR https://t.co/WgMw6AtHe1
(https://twitter.com/NotiUno/status/905521830634672130?s=09)

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Regards,
Carlos

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- Fallen tree due to Hurricane Irma winds...
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 21:21:54 +0000 (UTC)
Located at San Juan, PR. 




Regards,
Carlos

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- Electrical explosion due to hurt winds from Hurricane Irma...
  • By carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 21:17:46 +0000 (UTC)
From NotiUno 630 ( at NotiUno) tweeted at 3:39 PM on Wed, Sep 06, 2017:
VIDEO: Reportan que hoy unos "cables vivos" cayeron al pavimento frente a unas casas en comunidad de Toa Baja y luego explotaron. https://t.co/9lA0kHhT3r
(https://twitter.com/NotiUno/status/905515901084196864?s=09)

Regards,
Carlos

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- Irma
  • By mail at gerrit.biz
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:55:41 -0400
So far so good here in the hills south of Las Piedras. Rain, but not too bad, winds are picking up.

Most houses are boarded up although some people tried to buy or borrow plywood panels today, a little late.

We lost power around 1 PM, will start generator tomorrow.

Hanging in there ;)


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- Re: Waiting for the Monster
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:34:56 -0400
The monster has dipped southward and will come even closer. We will have to bring our generator inside before it gets terrible (we lost power yesterday), and inside we will not be able to use it. We have a 3-year-old running around—not easy. But we’ll get through it.


Emily Krasinski









On Sep 5, 2017, at 7:06 PM, Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com> wrote:

A few days ago, when Irma was a Category 2, I was sure we would perhaps experience no more than some tropical storm winds occasionally, as Irma was not expected to get so close. Now it’s a monster Category 5 with185 mph winds—its hurricane force winds extending 60 miles. It will be much too close for comfort—we are going to experience hurricane force winds where we are, in the mountains of Guaynabo, 10 miles from San Juan. Irma will be about 40 miles from San Juan.

It is now perfectly still, the proverbial calm before the storm. The sky is an eery gray. We are expected to start having topical storm winds tomorrow morning. 

There is such a sense of community and common purpose  in Puerto Rico when a hurricane is approaching, as everyone is preparing for the same thing — buying water, filling gas tanks, etc. Family gets together;  big meals are planned to use up everything in the refrigerator. And yes, there is fear.

I’m sure the inhabitants of the other Caribbean islands experience the same thing. My heart goes out to those in Irma’s path.

Emily Krasinski










- Puerto Rico: Hurricane Irma -Arecibo/Hatillo 2
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:00:23 +0000

Celso A. Hernandez for Storm Carib

In Arecibo/Hatillo Puerto Rico

11:00AM Local –ET   Sept. 6, 2017

 

We have had several brief showers since last report at 8PM, Tuesday.  No wind to report, possibly a constant 8-mph, or so.  I am in the countryside and my neighbors, mostly my cousin relations, are finishing their preparations of shuttering their windows and securing loose items around their properties.  My sister is a dynamic individual, at 70, and she put up our window shutters.  They had been in storage, unused for a couple of years, and were somewhat mucky and had to be individually washed.  I had a good night’s sleep.

 

This morning the governor was on TV with his entourage making his report to Puerto Rico.  Hurricane Irma is starting to affect our eastern island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra.  Mostly rainfall.  The Metro area is scheduled for an uninvited visit by Irma around 2PM today.  Emergency Management reports that over 700 citizens have been already sheltered at designated refugee centers.  The governor has said that the Island can comfortably shelter 60,000 of its citizens.  Expected rainfall of 6-12-inches from Irma may possibly be the cause of the greatest hardship.  The island is 75% mountainous and all that runoff water in addition to the direct downpour has its consequences. 

 

Here in Arecibo several years ago, after a strong storm (hurricane) the rising river waters floated those huge alfalfa/barley cattle feed cylinders onto the columns of the almost new bridge and everything that the rushing waters accumulated there subsequently dammed the river and cause the collapse of the center span.  It took a year and millions to replace.  That is the kind of storm effects we fear her in Puerto Rico: the long lasting destruction.  I took a trip to visit kinfolk 20 miles inland less than a year later and most of those small bridges along the mountain roads were barely passable.  Full restoration was a long way off.

 

The latest report is that in my area of Arecibo/Hatillo which is on the north coast 50 miles west of the capital of San Juan, we should feel intensification of winds and rains around 6PM.  Actually, this is my time estimation as Arecibo with 102,000 inhabitants is not usually a point of interest or reference in the hurricane path maps.  Nor are Puerto Rico and the smaller paradise islands in the Caribbean a big deal in the mainland’s hurricane reports.  It has been observed that the major TV broadcasters in the USA do not generally deploy their reporters to the islands.  I must concur with others in the Caribbean reporting area that everything is “FLORIDA!”  That is why “stormcarib.com” exists and why you are reading this.  I must apologize if you are seeking reports stating barometric pressure levels and latitude and longitude coordinates from me.  They can be viewed elsewhere on our site, I am sure. 

 

So, I sign-off until this evening, reporting no severe local catastrophic effects from Irma at this time.  All seems like a normal, cloudy day at this moment.  We are still bracing for an impact, no doubt.  But it seems my region will be experiencing storm level winds of 68-mph with some gusts at hurricane strength, that is over 74-mph.  We will take that over CAT.5 anytime.

 

Puerto Rico’s Governor at his 8AM

TV address to the nation with respect

To Hurricane Irma  9/06/2017

 

 

 

 

Puerto Rico TV keeps its citizens

informed of the latest trajectory of Irma

 

 

The “old folks” tell us that in

years of great abundant avocado

crops, we are bound to get great storms.

Three of my trees are filled with huge, tasty

avocados.  Can’t give them away fast enough.

So, I guess I am responsible for the hurricane.



- Huracán Irma 6sept201710am
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:04:46 -0400
Hola amigos de StormCarib
Desde Carolina, Puerto Rico

Las bandas de lluvia de Irma están entrando al área... Mucha lluvia y ráfagas 
esporádicas... 

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- Checking in...
  • By "Richard Boyd" <boyd at mylink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:51:30 -0400
 
 
Gert suggested that I just check in and I am doing OK as all preparations are completed as we await the storm. It is just hours away from us.
I'm hoping and praying this morning for everyone in the storm's path...bless you all.

- Huracán Irma
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 20:15:18 -0400
Preparándonos para Irma...

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- Huracán Irma
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 20:09:59 -0400
Hola StormCarib
Acá en Puerto Rico preparándonos para Irma. Pendientes a las imágenes...

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- Puerto Rico: Arecibo/Hatillo
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:48:38 +0000

Celso A. Hernandez for Storm Carib

In Arecibo/Hatillo Puerto Rico

8PM Local –ET   Sept. 5, 2017

 

Just watched the governor, Ricardo Rosello delivering this evening’s report to the Island.  Backed by his cabinet experts, he reported that President Donald Trump has granted Emergency pre-landfall status to P.R.   I understand that earlier in the day the governor of Florida had seeked a similar declaration for his state which seems like a likely target of the Category 5 Phenomenon: as they like to call these monster storms here in Puerto Rico.

 

Locally, I was gassing up at a station in Plaza Atlantico, Route #2 when a brief heavy rainfall quickly sent everyone scurrying.  It was not the real thing, as barely five minutes later there was complete relief and we could see a patch of blue again. Oh, that particular gas station was crowded but not backed up with motorists.  Quite a few came out the doors with several gallons of bottled water.  Hey, if the stuff is on the shelf, stock up on some more.  I live in the countryside, a quarter mile inland from that station (km 81, Rt. #2) and my sister and I have about a dozen gallons store in the utility room.  We also have a roof mounted 400-gallon water reserve tank.  We don’t rely on that as a drinking supply as it’s impossible to keep mold from forming on the inside walls.  Probably would drink it if it was Zombie Apocalypse!

 

The local supermarkets have been hard hit during the last two days.   The usual goods are in demand:  water, canned goods, UHT milk products.  You can tell the stores are doing good business when their large parking lots are overwhelmed and the spill over is to the sides of the roads.  That seems to be occurring now.  I saw a on the Internet a photo-image of the Hatillo emergency board at its latest meeting.  Man, there were a lot of serious people there.  On this island we have a lot of country side.  Never mind those 4H types are always complaining that the entire island is quickly being covered with cement.  There are a lot of trees out there.  It is scary that we might be hit with a tree-downing storm.  Our homes, not all of them, are well constructed:  cinder block, cement, re-bar.  They take a direct hit and hopefully we won’t face winds over 60-mph.  But who knows.  Irma, I finally used her name, is passing at its closest around 2AM on Thursday. Hey, I just got a nice strong gust just now. 

 

I have to knock it off for now.  Have to pick up some meds.  I had injured a knee while doing tedious garden work at my girl’s on Saturday.  The doc extracted 20-cc of fluid out of that knee at noon time and I have my Rx at Walgreens.  Got to pick it up, especially now that the wind is picking up here in Arecibo.  That is strange as this hurricane is almost a perfect circle and is not shooting out bands of winds.  I stand to be corrected here.  Later.

 

 

 

 



- Puerto Rico: Arecibo/Hatillo
  • By Celso Hernandez <celsoth at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:39:09 +0000


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- Waiting for the Monster
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:06:16 -0400
A few days ago, when Irma was a Category 2, I was sure we would perhaps experience no more than some tropical storm winds occasionally, as Irma was not expected to get so close. Now it’s a monster Category 5 with185 mph winds—its hurricane force winds extending 60 miles. It will be much too close for comfort—we are going to experience hurricane force winds where we are, in the mountains of Guaynabo, 10 miles from San Juan. Irma will be about 40 miles from San Juan.

It is now perfectly still, the proverbial calm before the storm. The sky is an eery gray. We are expected to start having topical storm winds tomorrow morning. 

There is such a sense of community and common purpose  in Puerto Rico when a hurricane is approaching, as everyone is preparing for the same thing — buying water, filling gas tanks, etc. Family gets together;  big meals are planned to use up everything in the refrigerator. And yes, there is fear.

I’m sure the inhabitants of the other Caribbean islands experience the same thing. My heart goes out to those in Irma’s path.

Emily Krasinski









- Update
  • By Cynthia Calvin <rinconsportsmassage at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:23:48 -0400
Puerto Rico is preparing .... we are asking everyone to release tied horses and dogs - any other animals of course - if they can not bring them inside.  I will continue to post as Irma approaches!   Wishing safe times to all!



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- Watching and waiting....
  • By "Richard Boyd" <boyd at mylink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 17:05:14 -0400
 
 
Like all of you, we are watching and waiting what Irma will bring us. The big discussion here is, "when do you think the power will go out?". The electric grid in Puerto is really feeble....heck, the power goes out when the weather is good!
I'v been through a hurricane, a small tornado, and numerous blizzards in Northern Minnesota. If you are not familiar with a blizzard, it's when you have winds 35-50 MPH with continuous snow...and the tempreature is usually zero or ten below. It creates a "white out" situation so you can't see anything outside. After the storm, you have to wait for the snow plows to move the huge drifts of snow and when you have the strength, to shovel the 3-4 feet drift of snow in front of your door.
 
Anyway, I'm just about sealed in my apartment with storm shutters and waiting for Wednesday. But I just walked down to the beach and it's full of people on this beautiful day. Let's pray for each other!
 
 

- Rainy day in Puerto Rico
  • By Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:27:51 +0000

Surprisingly we have been experiencing a very rainy day in most of PuertoRico but definitely in San Juan, making many people, including me, change their outgoing plans for the weekend.  After a mostly sunny day yesterday rains started again late last night and continued throughout the night and all of this morning and is still raining as I write at about 2:30 PM..  It has has not been raining continuously, but rather on and off, on and off.....and it is thanksfully not torrential rain but a significant amount of rain has fallen today.  I would guess between 1 and 2 inches.

 

I though that Harvey was going to stay well to the south of us, but surprisingly the system has been spreading for much of the width of the Caribbean basin..  How I wish we could share some of our rain with you guys in Aruba, Bonaire and Curazao!   We have more than plenty here. It is quite wet a landscape.   My backyard is a mess. 😊


 

  

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