Following our earlier report, the Caribbean has been hit by yet another hurricane, this one called Maria.
Hurricane Maria reached category 5, the highest, before throwing its intensity over Dominica. At present information is patchy, but the damage on the island seems to be both widespread and extensive. With the possible exception of Haiti, Dominica is one of the least prepared islands to take on this type of hardship and the already limited infrastructure will be severely tested.
MH from Chic has family on Dominica and we all share her concern and sympathy. They had firm well-built houses, but even they experienced significant damage to roofs and walls, so those with more flimsy dwellings are bound to be suffering.
Barbados experienced some overcast days, heavy rains and flooded roads. It is one of the best prepared, with regular hurricane drills, even though it is slightly off the main hurricane belt. They take sensible precautions and within a few days, it is expected to be back to normal.
Saint Lucia was in real danger of a direct hit, but “Maria“ swerved east at the last moment. Although the island experienced some wind and rain damage, from what we hear there is nothing that a few days of maintenance and sunshine will not solve.
At the time of writing (19 September) Hurricane Maria was moving at speed towards Antigua having lashed Guadeloupe en route and was then looking to move onto the already decimated Anguilla and BVI and then up to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Probably more than most, Chic have personal experience of the destruction of the hurricanes, with DK and MH directly involved in several of the worst over the years. They know this is the season, but even they are surprised at the frequency and intensity of the current pattern.