Monday 21 Jun 2021

Hurricane Season September 2017 a Disaster

It’s a given that Hurricane season starts in June and runs throughout October in the Caribbean. Especially the Windward- and Leeward islands are the ones to pay attention for Hurricane warnings for these islands are the ones to undergo first impact.

While I was on St. Maarten before several Hurricanes wreaked havoc lots of warnings were promoted via flyers, and radio -jingles for us locals to prepare ourselves for potential tropical storms. I remember looking up to the sky, seeing the sun shine with hardly a cloud in the sky to give shade. It was hard to comprehend that a catastrophic Hurricane would show its wrath in such beautiful area looking like paradise. Life was good until that issued “Hurricane warning” by the government of St. Maarten. Preparations to secure our homes, fuelling up vehicles and jerry-cans, grocery shopping had to be done fast as possible before the governmental curfew was applied. Then the waiting for the Hurricane began..

The night of 5 September 2017 going on the day of 6 September 2017 that’s when Hurricane Irma - Category 5 according to the Saffir-Simpson scale - struck our new home based island Sint Maarten. Followed by Hurricanes Jose and Maria both Category 4, striking the Windward and Leeward islands again, left beneath mentioned countries to experience Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria horrendous impacts:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Sint Maarten / Saint Martin
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Anguilla
  • Saint Lucia
  • Barbados
  • Guadeloupe
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • British Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Hispaniola a.k.a. Santo Domingo
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • The Bahamas
  • Cuba
  • Mainland United States: Florida and Other areas


 Saint Martin – the aftermath

It is still unbelievable to see that “Irma” caused catastrophic damage as a Category 5 hurricane.  The friendly island Saint Marten is left in shambles with an estimated $2 - $3.5 billion worth of damage. Both Dutch- and French side local utility companies experienced severe damage leaving the island without electricity and city water. Homes are destroyed, office buildings damaged, trees and electricity poles got uprooted and blown away, vehicles and shipping containers got air-born and dropped elsewhere, zinc-roofs got blown off slicing through the air to cut through all kinds of material.

Having no electricity means no available internet connection for online communication.  A case in point why this blog subject is published  2.5 weeks post- Hurricane Irma.

In the hope for life to get back to normal on Saint Martin the local utility companies have been working around the clock to reinstate electric line- and city water infrastructure as fast as they can.  Lots of debris removal and environmental fixing up are happening as we speak. Considering the tourism high season is right around the corner it is key to get Saint Martin ready to host their 1st post-Hurricane visitors from November 2017 throughout May 2018.     


MYCT’s Disaster and Relief Campaign

We would like to emphasize our new “Event” page which is brought to life due to the devastating September 2017 impacts of the Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria left across the Windward- and Leeward islands and throughout the western Caribbean region and a few states of the USA.    

Now that many of us have suffered vehicle and vessel damage it is key to get the logistics for parts and accessories available stat! For example vehicle parts such as batteries, windshields, side mirrors, window wipers, lights (front and rear), tires, rims and a lot more are needed. We are calling out to automotive and nautical businesses join forces in making vehicle and vessel parts available online. 

We are reaching out and want to help those who need parts now. This is why we offer Mycaribtrader platform to promote available vehicle and vessel parts throughout the Caribbean. Everybody needing to sell their (damaged-)vehicle or vessel, parts and accessories can post FREE ads for FREE for the remaining weeks of this year.  

We are working on partnering logistics to ship throughout the whole region. We are here to assist in finding what you need. And we will make sure that the part you need will reach your location. Also contact us if you have spare parts available now for upload and your ad will be online for FREE within 24 hours. If not sold your ad will remain for FREE until 31 December 2017. In January 2018 you will be contacted to discuss your ad and if applicable offered one of our available packages to suite your needs

Contact us if you have spare parts available and or vehicles and vessels for SALE.

Looking forward to working with and for you in the near future!

Author: Cee
Posted: Week 39 - 2017
Blog post: 160433

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