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St Croix and Hurricane Maria

2017-09-25 15:38:07.719918+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Trying to get a handle on the devastation in the Caribbean: Some post-storm NOAA imagery St Croix, and I've tried to zoom in on the camp I visited with family twice last year, in February and December. We stated in tent cabins there, obviously the tent portions got ripped off, but what's really amazing is all of the mahogany trees knocked down.


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#Comment Re: St Croix and Hurricane Maria made: 2017-09-25 16:29:35.118146+00 by: Dan Lyke

Some video from the ground: https://www.facebook.com/WsviN...hannel8/videos/1639566266077931/

#Comment Re: St Croix and Hurricane Maria made: 2017-09-25 17:05:24.650633+00 by: Bunny

This looks a lot like Miami did after Andrew, but their problems are increased by the lack of accessibility. Volunteers came from all over the country to help with cleanup after Andrew. How could they even get to St. Croix? The islands might never be the same again. This also goes for Puerto Rico. Massive damage with no power to clean it up. We here in South Florida were fortunate not to have that kind of extensive damage after Irma, and Maria missed us entirely. I guess all we can do is send money to help the islands. It will be many, many months before they recover.

One big question, even here, is where does all that "cleanup" go? Millions of pounds of debris and vegetation. The logistical aspects are mind-boggling.

#Comment Re: St Croix and Hurricane Maria made: 2017-09-25 23:33:45.300234+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm guessing that in St Croix it'll get buried somewhere near the airport. And the folks who ran the camp I linked to had (I hope it survived) a portable mill, so I'm guessing they'll be rich in mahogany for rebuilding, but, yeah, that's gonna be a ton of debris, and a lot of it won't just be organic matter.

There was also some talk about re-opening the refinery on St. Croix (which was a huge factor in the local economy), I wonder where that's going now...

#Comment Re: St Croix and Hurricane Maria made: 2017-09-26 00:33:24.168583+00 by: Larry Burton

Sugar refinery. Right?

#Comment Re: St Croix and Hurricane Maria made: 2017-09-26 16:27:10.93736+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oil refinery. The place is dotted with old sugar refineries, but there are a ton of oil rigs in the Caribbean, and when you think about how close St. Croix is to Venezuela there was apparently quite a business in having a refinery on US soil there. Until gas prices fell...

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