So, we’ve now officially been through our first hurricane in Puerto Rico. I’m not sure if I should be happy about this or not, but it seems like a rite of passage that you just have to go through if you’re going to live in the Caribbean. Since we’ve lived here the island has been skirted by a few tropical storms, but nothing has really hit us head on, and nothing that qualified as a bonified hurricane.
Luckily for the West coast of the island, Irene hit San Juan and then veered a bit north, getting the East Coast and the North Coat of the island a bit of a whopping. All of us here in Rincon PR didn’t get hit NEARLY as bad as we expected and although it’s been crazy raining and windy for about 3 days now – and.. of course… no power and sometimes no water… that is all to be expected. There’s not a lot of downed trees, not a ton of flooding and not a lot of debris in the streets or around town (I speak only for my immediate vicinity in Rincon). Everyone was gearing up pretty good with storm shutters and boarded up windows, but we were pretty happy that we didn’t really need them after all.
Irene wreaked some serious havoc on Necker Island – causing a huge fire that burned Richard Branson’s mansion to the ground, and she’s now looking like a Cat 2, maybe a Cat 3 as she heads toward the East Coast. As we lick our wounds here and pray for the power to come back on, we can only hope that the storm doesn’t pummel anyone else in her path… fingers crossed but unfortunately it looks like it might whallop a few more places before she dissipates.