Irma and I, Aftermath

I prepped our boat Odissea and left her securely moored to a hurricane rated dock. I then drove home to Canada Friday afternoon, becoming part of the evacuation stream. The scenes along the highway reminded me of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath.
Rest areas designed to accommodate 200 cars became camps with 700 plus vehicles. Populated by families with all their most chersiched possessions. These people were not prepared either emotionally, financially, or culturally for this. I saw in the morning mist, mothers wrapped in blankets walking aimlessly while holding crying children. These places have no facilities for food, sanitation and potable water. All systems are stressed to the breaking point and power is tenuous. These poor people will be without resources soon and without gas and therefore stranded. Their fate is in the hands of others in a state where devastation has yet to be defined or catagorized. I pray for them.

As to my home Odissea, I have had general reports that the marina and the boats therein survived without damage. Due to a lack of power, communications is down. I await more specific information. I will be returning to the boat next week to see for myself what next steps will be.

Thank you all for your care, your prayers and you compassion.

Please forgive my not responding individually to your comments.

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Written on 2017-09-12 at 15:20

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Thank you for your insightful reply to us all. Glad you are safe and hopefully your boat will be too.

So sad for so many. Hope things change
for the better. God bless.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
It's good to know that you're okay, Joe. I hope the lives of the millions of others can be brought back to normal fairly soon.

I am glad you are safe and hope Odissea did well. What you paint in your words sounds like a post apocalyptic scene. We have brought in a risk assessment team from Mexico (free of charge) and we are working at the Florida Keys. So far, 83 million fish counted dead on land. The devastation cannot be described. God help us all! We are not prepared for what's coming.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Joe. Well expressed, I think out to all. I have very friends in FL, they mean much to me, all are safe and sound. No need to reply, Joe. :)

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
It must have been shocking to be part of and I am glad you are safe. Hopefully relief will come to those who need it and the human spirit will endure. It is in times like these that our compassionate nature comes out. Well I hope it does anyway.