Hopia

Abaco

“If that hurricane had happened to any island I would be sorry for them because a lot of structures aren’t prepared.”

“Everybody was in the same situation. So it wasn’t as if any other help from neighbours or friends could–they couldn’t help anybody.”
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Anonymous

Abaco

“Sleepless night. Nightmares for about 2 months. Any little rain we would have would be like living it all over again. Financially it was rough because our savings were zapped.”

“We need to change our building codes. Where we would have hurricanes that would just have wind or rain, now we are experiencing tornadoes. We’ve never experienced tornadoes before. Building codes need to change.”

Samantha

Abaco

“The hurricane windows started to leak water at the bottom (not a good sign, I remember thinking) and we put towels along the bottom to soak up the water. The wind was incredibly loud. Whistling.”

“Through all that wind and rain we had no idea what devastation was going on around us.”

“ We had a view above of the mayhem. Swirling debris, large pieces of wood and metal, air conditioning ducting, you name it. Plus biblical rain pouring in the hatch. We were soon in a foot or more of water.”

Shelley

Abaco

“As always when expecting a rage, there was tension in the air but, Abaconians have seen many a storm and know how to prepare.”

“My daughter, who lives in Nassau, begged me to leave and I stubbornly refused. After all, I had seen many hurricanes in my life. This one, however, was a monster.”

“I don’t think anyone who was not in Abaco the day after that storm could ever understand the devastation. It was horrendous.”

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Milande

Abaco

“We didn’t think we were going survive because we left our house when we thought it was going to collapse and went to stay in our neighbour’s vehicle (a Jeep).”

“I had both of my children in my arms and I can’t swim.”
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