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.

Tracking Gustav

Tracking Gustav

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~ by RB on August 31, 2008.

9 Responses to “After the storm there was the destruction-Hurricane Gustav”

  1. Glad you’re well!

    Thank God you only had a ‘Tropical Storm’ can you imagine of it was a full fledged Hurricane…

    Let’s all pray for the people of New Orleans and hope the Hurricane continues SW into the Gulf and dies.

  2. Dutty Bwoy, mi sorry fi dem people wey loose dem house by di river bank.Bwoy mi feel it fi dem.But in all honesty, di Caribbean and the Atlantic a guh through one a dem thirty year cycle, which will involve numerous hurricanes and tropical storms, as wi a witness each year.So,people haffi start to understand dat dem caan build houses in a river bed and river banks, because dem a guh wash wey.Bwoy a hope dem can ge some help fi re-start dem lives.Wha bou yuh,di I okay? I man hope so! Nuff respect!!

  3. Paulette-Thank you– Its a yearly thing now and we can imagine a full pledge hurricane.Ivan, Dennis. True have to give thanks it was not a full fledge hurricane……Have to be thankful still.

    Esteban-I don’t like to say this but I am not very sympathetic to people who choose to live on river banks.For example some parts of Hope River was declared “no build zones” years ago.People with full knowledge still build house there. You have warnings that we should not attempt to cross forgings and gullies when they are flooded. The amount of cars,bus,trucks that has gone over the Bag Walk gorge because people choose to cross when it looks impossible.

    Last year after Ivan the government and some NGO’s build houses for some people who were devastated by sea surges. After the people got the houses they rent them out to other people and re-build structures in the same place they were wiped out from. I don’t know maybe there is something I don’t understand

    Economics, a rush for danger, feeling one can not die , “this can not happened to me ” feeling , invincible?

    I don’t know

  4. I only had the chance to see the local news this evening as both CVM and TVJ were down since we got back cable yesterday.

    I was shocked! I heard the stories on the radio about flooding and loss of lives. But to actually SEE the footage is something else.

    What i don’t understand is why there are still some people along the Gulf Coast of the US still refusing to leave. If this fellow did this much damage as a TS what the heck is he going to do as a Cat 3/4 hurricane?

  5. Ann, I think the people in eastern Jamaica had a totally different hurricane/storm. No matter how much we see the destruction its hard getting use to it. The stories are even more compelling.

    Interesting you talk about people refusing to leave New Orleans. I saw two stories tonight about people not leaving. First two homeless men. One said he survive through Katrina and so he can do it again. The other guy said the hurricane is not coming.

    There is this other guy who lost his wife during Katrina. He is staying because he says he “owes it to her”. I am guessing he feels guilty that she died.

  6. You know, when I watch people turning themselves into packmules to ferry other people an dem belongings across the raging Hope River, I realize how much work we still have to do.

    It is not enough to say that some parts of Hope River are “no-build” zones, or that people musn’t build in gullies. Unless there is formal regulation, then all that “don’t, don’t, don’t” business amounts to opinion, and opinion is so cheap, it a gi’ wey; an’ we done know seh too much freeness nuh good aready! What people need are real choices in terms of where they can live; if they had real choices, a river bank or gully wouldn’t even be in consideration. Me well woulda wa’a live a river side too – is free water and plenty janga when no money nah run. But, me cannot afford fi deal wid the high water and govament slackness pon toppa dat after the hurricane, so me gone up cock inna di hillside and hope seh mi likkle lean-to nuh wash weh before time. There are even ways to build adjacent to a river so that one’s house essentially “floats” when the waters rise, but the powers that be not even concerned wid dat. Dem just want to make sure seh enough cement deh fi build dem big house up a stony hill. So, wntil we have some semblance of real planning in terms of housing and the physical environment (landslides happen because there is nothing to hold back the dirt and mud; terracing? planting grass? hello?), expect more of the same every time heavy rain fall.

  7. Longbench- mi affi agree wid yu. Government no really regulate nor enforce which part people live. At di same time nuff a wi must tek personal responsibility and commonsense no matta how life tuff. If yu biuld yu house ina riva bed dem yu can expect fi get wash way.
    As fi dem big house pon di hills. Good luck to dem.

    As fi dem people who a cross di hope riva. Mi laugh when mi seeit pon Tv. Wi allways a find ways fi mek money.

  8. We watched the storm as it came by Jamica and Cuba, and we were afraid. As it turns out, we had good reason. I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I’ve just regained power after what Gustav has done to us. Our city has been devestated. I’m glad you came through it OK. Now we look with real fear in the direction of Hurricane Ike. Take care and be safe.

  9. Seadreamer, O am sorry to hear about how GUSTAV have affected you. Here in Jamaica its really bad in some places. Total road ways had been washed away whole communities marooned. We are picking the pieces together I know you are doing the same.

    One love

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