- Jul 9, 2009
As one who rode out Irma and Maria on a boat with my wife and experienced the aftermath of both storm in getting water services restored to four different islands, I appreciate your post. You folks have no idea how wonderful it is for me to be home here in the DR. I will also add that I second the post regarding Mike Fischer and applaud his knowledge, expertise, and willingness to keep us all up to date with forecasts throughout the hurricane seasons here on DR1. We are lucky to have him. Merry Christmas to all.It is sad to say that had one of those storms had hit any part of DR, the festive period for some would be challenging.
Having worked alongside loss adjusters as a technical consultant and as a loss adjuster in St Croix ( and visiting St Thomas which was hit by Irma) which got a passing blow from an offshore Maria during eyewall replacement, I can fully understand the probable impacts from such a storm passing close by or even hitting directly the DR.
It would not be nice and I do hope some have taken note of the stories heard from the nearby islands and add New Year resolutions to mitigate those likely impacts on your place of abode such as having solar power available with storage and inverters and plenty of water. The over head power system would be in chaos along with the data distribution systems. Go satellite should be a NY resolution.
Also please understand that water damage is the main loss causing problem once the wind penetrates your dwelling.
And at this time of year, please think of those folks in the islands like the USVI, BVI, Barbuda, St Martin, St Barts, Anguilla Puerto Rico and Dominica including the many Dominicans who will be passing Christmas with blue tarps will over their roofing and no power or wi fi.
Let's enjoy our fortune at this special time of year. Best wishes to all including those less fortunate.
2018 could become even worse than 2017 :
Or maybe it won't be a bad season at all. Nobody really knows.
Synopsis: La Niña is likely (exceeding ~80%) through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18, with a transition to ENSO-neutral most likely during the mid-to-late spring.