Experiencing Hurricane Irma- 2
The storm force winds were still blowing 2 days after the hurricane had passed the Island; the realization that the Island was completely isolated was a shock; the only radio stations that could be heard on my battery operated radio were Spanish stations out of Puerto Rico, and those went silent when Irma hit that Island.
I was anxious to see if the art gallery had any damage, the gallery is 15 minutes away from our home but after 2 hours in traffic we returned home.
It was obvious that the Island had suffered severe damage, there were 15 inch diameter utility poles that were broken like match sticks, the fallen poles and wires were blocking the roads, it was not safe, so we decided to wait until the roads were cleared and the Island was given the all clear.
A few concrete buildings were completely destroyed; no one was speared, nearly all the churches, schools and government buildings were severely damaged, three of the schools, two government buildings including the ferry terminal which currently caters for 90 % of all arrivals on the Island, has since been completely demolished.
It is now over one month since the hurricane and only about 10% of electricity service has been restored and no running water or regular Internet service.
How is my online business affected? My ranking at WA went from 80 to 1.180; there was an issue with one of my websites, which I am still trying to resolve.
All the communication towers were destroyed; in the past week one server was renting wireless modems to corporations only, they have since been depleted.
One of my business friends was able to rent one, and he is allowing me to piggyback on his good fortune. He shuts his generator off at 3pm.