Thanks for your concern, guys. Storm hit us as a…maybe cat 3? Gusts over 100 mph but steady wind probably 50-60. Humming/moaning but not howling. No houses visible in this part of town suffered even the loss of roof tile.
It approached us as a cat 5 and being from CO my son Hunter and I had never been through a hurricane.
Hunter’s been a chef on the island of St. John in the Caribbean for the last 2 years, and he arrived Thursday. Friday they cancelled commercial flights out of St. Thomas (closest airport). St. John and St.Thomas got slammed cat 5. On St. John, Pop. 4000, 4 dead, many homes smashed, entire families he knows lost houses, vehicles, pretty much everything. For the entire island, no electricity for a while, maybe months, no drinking water, no press. Looting and armed robbery on the roads outside of town. Customs building broken into and guns taken, scumbag police strongly/widely suspected of hijacking/hoarding supplies, definitely helping no one.
Again… a US territory with almost no press or help. Residents are the ones arranging for delivery of emergency supplies.
Here in Weston, Hunter and I prepared early for the worst:
- At the supermarket, the bread shelves emptied first.
- Home Depot did an impressive job of bringing in propane and plywood to cover window openings.
- Those who waited until Saturday Faced lines starting at 5:30 am and 6+ hour waits were common.
- Anticipating loss of power during the storm we fill empty Pellegrino bottles with tap water and froze them to extend fridge time.
- All door and window openings were covered with metal panels.