Many of you have asked about the Keys and how they are doing after Hurricane Irma. It has now been a little over four weeks since the storm made landfall at Cudjoe Key. On October 2nd, the Florida Keys and Key West officially reopened their doors to tourists. This past weekend, we took a look for ourselves to see how this tropical paradise is faring.
The areas from Marathon through Big Pine Key were hit hard. Mobile home parks and campground are now pretty much gone. Relief efforts are scattered throughout the area, and in many places, the landscape looks more like a war zone than a lush tropical island. Trash and debris line the roadways, piled as high as 20 feet in certain areas. Metal objects like washing machines and dryers are separated from yard trash and building materials. There is no doubt that this storm will provide a Darwinist approach to housing construction in the area — survival of the fittest. I assume that that the middle keys will evolve and become stronger because of the storm and that the less than desirable housing will eventually vanish. However, I do think it will be some time before this becomes evident.
One thing I was not expecting was the lack of greenery. The shrubs that line most of US 1 are leafless as a result of the high winds, giving the small trees a dormant appearance. On the plus side, major businesses like banks, grocery stores, and gas stations are open. Roads are clear, and traffic flows freely despite the massive lines of dump trucks tasked with removing the trash from the islands. I did find it interesting to note that buildings with thatched roofs, mostly tiki bars, seemed to fare just fine.
The north and south end of the island chain, Key West, and Key Largo are okay as well. Honestly, in Key West, if it weren’t for a little debris on the side streets, I would have never known there was a storm. Cruise ships are docking daily, filling the streets with the tourists that the economy so desires and needs. Duval Street and its bars are packed in true Key West fashion. Parasailing, jet skis, scooter rentals, and fishing charters are all open and active. At the end of the day, everyone gathers a Mallory Square for the sunset, just like they’ve done for years.
So if you’re thinking about a visiting Key West and the Florida Keys, now is a great time to visit. Go ahead and plan a trip. You may find a few inconveniences, but overall you’ll be surprised at how resilient the islands are. Just remember to tip a little more than usual. They’ve had a tough few weeks, and your support will be much appreciated.
Rusty Gardner 10-8-2017
Reposted from his Facebook post. Visit Florida By Water website.
The Association of Guides and Scouts of Costa Rica, after the declaration of national emergency and the ravages caused by Tropical Storm Nate in the country, activated this Saturday, October 7, “OPERATION ALWAYS READY”. More than 200 groups guides and scouts joined the voluntary work in each of their communities with the collection, classification and packaging of non-perishable products, drinking water and personal hygiene products, throughout the 7 provinces of the country. They have been delivered to the Cross Roja Costa Rican government mandate.
Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica colaboran en emergencia nacional
Posted on 08 octubre 2017. Tags: COSTA RICA, costa rica scout, emergencia nacional, Guías y scouts Costa Rica, noticias scouts, operación Siempre Listos, PATIOSCOUT, radio scout, TORMENTA, vive el movimiento
Cientos de Guías y Scouts recaudan alimentos no perecederos, agua potable y productos de higiene personal este fin de semana.
La Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica tras la declaratoria de emergencia nacional y los estragos causados por la tormenta tropical Nate en el país, activó este sábado 7 de octubre la “Operación SIEMPRE LISTOS”, en donde más de 200 grupos guías y scouts se sumaron al trabajo voluntario en cada una de sus comunidades con la recolección, clasificación y embalaje de productos no perecederos, agua potable y productos de higiene personal, a lo largo y ancho de las 7 provincias del país, que han sido entregadas a la Cruz Roja Costarricense como mandato gubernamental.
Niños y jóvenes entre los 7 y 21 años han salido a las calles de sus comunidades para colaborar con esta causa en pro de los afectados por este desastre natural. En la comunidad de Bagaces varios grupos cercanos se han acercado a colaborar en los albergues en donde miembros de los grupos guías y scouts también se han visto afectados y son damnificados. Así como grupos guías y scouts de comunidades afectadas también se han sumado a la operación Siempre Listos, en sectores como Pérez Zeledón, Quepos, Cuajiniquil, Bebedero, Corralillo, Jacó, entre otros.
via Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica colaboran en emergencia nacional | Patio Scout – ¡Vive El Movimiento!
#OutdoorsData. Be Prepared for #Earthquakes. #EmergencyPreparedness #Survival ==> Check out this new SOS dataset of all the earthquakes from 2001 through 2015 from the US NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center!
” This animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2015, at a rate of 30 days per second. The earthquake hypocenters first appear as flashes then remain as colored circles before shrinking with time so as not to obscure subsequent earthquakes. The size of the circle represents the earthquake magnitude while the color represents its depth within the earth. At the end of the animation it will first show all quakes in this 15-year period. Next, it will show only those earthquakes greater than magnitude 6.5, the smallest earthquake size known to make a tsunami. Finally it will only show those earthquakes with magnitudes of magnitude 8.0 or larger, the “great” earthquakes most likely to pose a tsunami threat when they occur under the ocean or near a coastline and when they are shallow within the earth (less than 100 km or 60 mi. deep).”
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Many people have been asking about what is happening in the island. This British report summarizes the current situation with pragmatic figures. #PuertoRicoStrong
via Seven graphics that sum up Puerto Rico disaster – BBC News
A new NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City may help responders and groups supporting response efforts.
Source: NASA-Produced Damage Maps May Aid Mexico Quake Response
Watch the outdoors in #PuertoRico after #HurricaneMaria #DisasterRecovery lessons. #Connected to learn about it. Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico | Alan Taylor | The Atlantic #CrossSharing