Sunday, November 09, 2008

Brac after Paloma

The Cayman Brac has been hit really hard by Hurricane Paloma. Fellow Caymanian blogger, Mark over at First Time has posted a detailed note on how Paloma managed to wreak havoc on the island. 25 foot waves are scary and I am not sure how I would have been able to deal with that. Please do go on over and read about what he has to say. The Brac's residents are currently without power and Paloma is now being compared to 2004's Hurricane Ivan, which was one of the worst hurricanes the Caribbean has seen. You can also read about it here, here and here. It's also been reported that 90% of properties have suffered extensive damage not to mention one of their supermarkets has been completely destroyed.. How eerie is it that the Brac also suffered extensive damage due the the 1932 Hurricane on the very same day decades ago? I do not know what else to say, because that could have easily been our fate here on Grand Cayman. Brackers, you are in our thoughts and we hope your recovery is speedy.

An excerpt from the Cayman News Service:
Paloma made its strike on Cayman Brac on the eve of 76th anniversary of one of the most devastating storms ever to hit the Cayman Islands – the 1932storm. It is believed that Paloma took a very similar direction to the ’32 storm. Early on 9 November, 1932 the storm passed Cayman Brac with winds of up to 155 miles per hour before sweeping into north–east into Cuba.


bermudabluez said...

VERY relieved to hear that you guys are ok!! I'll have to come back and check out the other links you left about the others that didn't fare so well. Take Care!

jeff said...

Glad everyone's safe down there.

FYI that '32 storm is what left the Balboa in Hog Sty Bay