Disaster response teams respond to Hurricane Marie in Puerto Rico
By Marvin Schrebe
Since Hurricane Marie made landfall last week in Puerto Rico and Dominica Samaritan’s Purse has sent disaster relief teams (DARTs) to both of the islands along with needed supplies such as generators. The generators are needed because most of both islands are without power and Samaritan’s Purse estimates that it will be several month’s before electricity can be restored. Marie made landfall in both islands last week leaving people stranded with no place to run. “An estimated seventy-five percent (75%) of the homes on the islands have been damaged beyond repair,” Samaritan’s Purse wrote in an article that was posted on their website on Wednesday September 27, 2017.
Prime Minister Tom Skerritt of Dominica said the damage was “mind-boggling,” after Marie tore the roof off of his home
Marie first pummeled the small island nation of Dominica before setting its sight on Puerto Rico and doing an equally devastating amount of damage to that U. S. territory.
According to Samaritan’s Purse when Marie made landfall in Puerto Rico it had been downgraded to a very powerful category four storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. On Wednesday September 27, 2017 CNN reported that the storm was making landfall in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. It has now been downgraded but is still a very dangerous storm as it lashes North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of seventy-five miles per hour. The good news is that Marie has missed Florida entirely. Florida is still reeling from Hurricane Irma in August. The latest track has the storm hitting some of the same Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Hurricane warnings are currently in place for Guadeloupe, Domica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. A hurricane watch is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, and Anguilla, as well as the hard-hit areas of Antigua and Barbuda. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”