What follows is just a little rundown of me and my families experience during and after Hurricane Dean. I know quite a number of persons have wondered how we faired and while some have already heard everything is okay, others have not. My apologies for taking so long to give you an update.
Hurricane Dean was the first major hurricane of this 2007 season and as you might have read from a recent post, aptly titled Dean, it was on a path to hit Jamaica. Thanks be to God though, Dean took a slight turn and as such didn’t directly hit us. The Southern end of the island in parishes such as St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Manchester seems to have felt the brunt of Dean’s category 4 winds and rain.
Obviously I can’t speak for everyone, but in the area that I live, in the parish of Kingston and St. Andrew, while there was damage, we were able to get back up and running pretty quickly. In the areas we drove through after the hurricane had passed we did notice quite a number of downed trees, power lines and some buildings damaged. However, I think most of those areas have now been cleaned up. As for our home, we didn’t suffer any major damage, just a few tiles on the roof got damaged and we did have some water coming through some of our windows during the storm. Other than that we were fine. I was able to take a few pictures from around the area (not much though as we were borrowing a camera) which I hope to upload to my flickr photo stream soon.
The scariest moment for us during the hurricane was probably when the tiles on the roof started rattling and then broke off. The rattling sound was quite loud and at times we weren’t sure if it was from our roof or our neighbour’s. It was also quite windy as is expected and trees were swaying quite a bit as a result. This was of course mild compared to some of the other stories I’ve heard, especially those by people who lived near the sea (just picture some really high waves coming towards your house).
We were without power for about 5 days, though we did have clean water throughout the storm and afterwards (except for one day, when the water pressure was low). It seems that the power company has restored electricity to most of the island and people are gradually getting back clean water as well.
For some more information about what happened during/after Hurricane Dean, you can check out the following links:
On another note, if you feel led to give post hurricane Dean relief aid then I’d like to point you to the following links:
- Send Post Hurricane Dean Relief Aid for Jamaica
- Jamaica Foundation Of Houston’s Hurricane Dean Relief Effort
- Hurricane Dean relief project to kick off
There are others out there, but these are a few that I’ve found. I’ll add more as I find them.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to once again thank all those who prayed for us (not just my family, but for the entire Caribbean, Mexico and Belieze). Your prayers greatly helped.