Monday, August 20, 2007

Dean Aftermath

Here is a post-Dean report from Jamaica. Took me long enough to find one:

Yes Dean was an unfortunate inconvenience and the effects will last for quite some time, but of all the reports I've seen...thank GOD Jamaica hasn't reported any loss of life.

I pray for the other nations who have lost citizens and property. We give thanks for life, and we are grateful our prayers were answered.
St. Thomas: extensive damage has been reported from several
communities. Significant wind damage to roofs, storm surges, flooding, collapsed
structures, impassable roadways are among the many reports.

St. James: the community of Coral Gardens is severely affected by wind

Kingston and St. Andrew: severe wind damage and downed power lines in
the Riverton city area. Also, a fallen tree caused the collapse of a
residential building in the Chambers Lane Area of Liguanea, St. Andrew.

Clarendon: flooding has been reported from the Denbigh gully.

Portland: several roadways in Port Antonio, Manchioneal, Mount James
and Mount Airy in Buff Bay are blocked.

St. Mary: several roadways from Junction to Broadgate are impassable,
blocked by fallen trees.

St. Catherine: storm surges have been reported along the Port Henderson
road in Portmore rendering the roadway impassable along with roof
damage in the communities of Naggo Head and Newland. The Newland Road is
also impassable due to a fallen utility pole. Additionally, sections of
the roadway have been eroded in Hellshire due to storm surges and rising
water levels have been reported in Old Harbour forcing the evacuation
of several persons.

Telecommunications: cellular telephone lines are down in sections of
Portland, St. Mary, and Clarendon and there is no communication link with
St. Thomas with efforts are underway to re-establish this.

Electricity: well over 125,000 Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS)
customers are without power supply.

Water Supply: there have been reports of damage to water supply

Source: Gleaner/Power 106 News

This from Dominican Republic:
3 days after Dean hit, still no water or electricity, though I was heartened to look across the valley to Eggleston last night and see street lights on.

Basically, it's like the island has been pruned. All the old trees, dead leaves etc. have been stripped. This does have the benefit of opening up more views where before there was no vista.

Town's back to normal - business as usual today.
Here's how things are going along the coast in Mexico:
That green star is Merida, which means at this point, the hurricane would be going over Uxmal. This might not be good news for Chetumal, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Uxmal, but these are much less populated areas than Cancun and Merida, so it’s good news overall.