Today, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing you to a friend of mine who had to live through Irma. I met John through my day job in the music industry in Nashville. Born in Hawaii and currently living in Florida, John is no stranger to oceanic storms, so when he told me he was evacuating, that was when I knew we were in for a doozy. He managed to weather out the storm here in Tennessee with some family, but when he got back home after it had been cleaned enough for him to do so, he was not prepared for what he saw. Friends, I’ll let John tell you about his experiences:
Hurricane Irma: The Aftermath
Living in Miami has it perks, to say the least, with warm weather year round and beach days in over abundance. However, with this climate and location comes some serious repercussions. As we all know, Hurricane Irma, one of the largest hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, took aim on not only the Caribbean but mainland Florida as well. After it was all said and done, the devastation was everywhere. In my own experience, I was lucky enough to fly back home to Nashville for the week but not everyone had that luxury. What I returned to was some thing I had never seen before. Even though Miami wasn’t directly hit, there were trees down almost every road I traveled down. Power lines were snapped in half with open sparks shooting all over the ground. Every house had a pile of debris the size of a small car, waiting for someone to come pick it up. For weeks, power was a consistent problem for my specific neighborhood and wasn’t restored for everyone until almost 3 week’s later. The damage done to my apartment was impressive considering the fact the hurricane “missed” us. My roof had caved in from water damage and had to be fully restored. It put myself and many people in the Miami community behind in many regards including financially and mentally.
HOWEVER!!! *Change of tone time* This is not even micro-comparable to what has happened to the Keys and the Caribbean. Though it has died down in the news with other stories taking precedence in our minds, the areas of the Keys recently got back power and homes were absolutely flattened! Think about that… I went mad living in 85 degree weather without air conditioning for 2 days. Some of these resilient people have been doing it for 2 months. Rest assured I know how lucky I am and how much worse my situation could have been. If I am able to write this blog post complaining about how much stress I went under, imagine the feelings of those incredibly drained people in the Keys and Puerto Rico. I am writing this post because they can’t. (No power, remember?) My story for Hurricane Irma is inconvenient but not incontrovertible. I hope my struggles help you support those who have 100 times worse the pain.
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