Many of us here want the t-shirt “I survived Hurricane Irma”! Honestly we would never had guessed we would be riding out hurricanes once retired but WOW here we are doing just that. 😎 Irma is an absolute monster of a hurricane, the damage and carnage she’s left behind so far will be included in the history of worst storms ever. The statistics of Irma are crazy and it’s not even over yet! Florida appears to be the next target but we are praying for a miracle. The simple fact that she has skirted so many of the islands in her path is proof enough just how powerful prayer is. I know for a fact there are millions of prayer weather warriors out there and I can’t thank you enough for the prayers that were covering the island of Hispaniola and so many other locations!
Since we’ve been in the Caribbean we have seen many of these boats (The Moorings charter boats) and it’s heartbreaking to see this kind of damage. The best thing is knowing no one was on any of them since they were attempting to keep them safe in a protected bay.
Here in the DR we were truly spared! Irma shifted north just enough to keep us out of harms way. We saw and felt some of the outer bands of the storm, however she was far enough out that within the bay of Luperon some of us merely felt tropical depression and at moments tropical storm winds and rain. We did have some downed trees and shredded leaves were everywhere but we are so very thankful the beautiful lush green island of Hispaniola is still in tact. The Dominicans came out as well organized teams and swept, raked, chopped and cleaned it all up well before late afternoon. It was amazing!
We drove out to one of our favorite beach restaurant and bar to see how they fared after the storm and found it still standing. There’s definitely some damage to a few of the outside tables and the beach has taken a huge hit but Yurri at ‘La Carabela de Colon’ says he will be open for business on Saturday. He only needed a day to put things back together.
The power went out Thursday evening and for most of Friday but came back on (to include Internet) later afternoon Friday. Jeff and I were very fortunate being tied to the dock, our preparations were minimal compared to hurricane Matthew last year so it didn’t take long to set things back to normal. Many of our friends in the harbor spent nearly the entire day putting their boats back together after moving out of the mangroves where they tied up to to ride out the storm. Hurricane Jose is on the move and Hurricane Katia his in Mexico so hurricane season is in rare form. Irma is still in motion so please continue to pray for the Caribbean islands, Cuba as well as Florida and the east coast states! It’s still unknown exactly where she’ll go but the weather predictions have been spot on so Florida will most likely be where she makes landfall.
Thank you to all of our praying family and friends, we love how you continue to check in on us and always reach out in your very own special ways. We join you all in continued prayers over you, your families and your friends around the world. We know there are many needs everywhere not only the Caribbean so know we are always praying for you wherever needed. 🙏🏼💞🙏🏼