After the storm there was the destruction-Hurricane Gustav
Ever heard about the two Jamaica?. Gustav in some ways has left its trail of destruction and death on some parts of Jamaica. While most places (thank god) are left with minimal damage or totally unscathed.
There has been particular attention the Hope River (Kingston-St Thomas). The river swallowed homes near its banks in landslides and took out the main bridge that links St Thomas to Kingston. St. Thomas and Portland took the brunt of Gustav’s wrath. Images on television looked like a major hurricane passed through even though Gustav was said to be a tropical storm at the time at just 75 mph. So while the “tropical storm” is said to claim as many as ten lives, left light poles bent out of place and many frail humble dwellings smashed in the anger of the storm. Of course many in Portland and St Thomas are with out water or electricity. With school schedule to re-open tomorrow some are still uncertain.
Of course St. Thomas and Portland were not the only places affected as flooding was reported in many other parishes, as well as land slides which caused block roads. As I said earlier as many as ten persons died as a result of the storm. When I see the reports about the way many people have died it makes me wonder why don’t people take warnings seriously. So many has died trying to cross flooded gullies and get swept away.
Photo:Jamaica Observer–Homes on the Hope River
For the majority of us life goes on as normal. Water is in the pipes, there is electricity. Communication networks work find (this I blog)J and we are not impeded by any road blocks. Both Airports and ports are open.
Now that that Gustav has bellowed it big destructive self out of Jamaica its sunny days again. Unfortunately Gustav has turned into an even bigger monster and slammed the western tip of Cuba with some reports of up to 200 mph. The once category 4 hurricane now category 3 is headed toward the Gulf coast of the United States. I have been watching the news and the images of people getting out of the way remind me of Katrina. The people of New Orleans are taking this one seriously and all the major emergency services are prep and ready to go. I think they can avoid images similar to Katrina. The evacuations look solid.
As of right now as I write this post hurricane Gustav is moving North West at 15 mph with wind speed of 120 mph. A downgrade from a category 4 of 175 mph it was just a couple hours ago but natures weapon of mass destruction none the less. I have a live feed to hurricane Gustav below.