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Old Yesterday, 11:32 AM
 
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My heart goes out to these people.

It's two years post Harvey. There are still people struggling to recover. I talked to a girl my child knows. She said her family left the old neighborhood because their house had flooded and bought a new house. They've decided to refinish the old house by themselves. This family is probably top 5% and have resources. A lot of folks don't have that.
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Old Yesterday, 12:15 PM
 
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Me too but it makes me wonder HOW? How do you you shelter-in-place for a hurricane when ALL the land is at sea-level?

I've never been there so this is not a rhetorical question. If they have enough advanced warning can they evacuate off the island to a higher land mass or is that even feasible?
In the video I saw, the people in one story shacks were walking over to some two story concrete apartments. They were standing in the second floor hallways.
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Old Yesterday, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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I believe most of the Bahamas are populated by native people, who didn't "choose" to live there. They were born there, into this paradise, and they aren't typically wealthy. This is their home.
:-(
Great point!!!
Gee, it's like my friends in Calif...they live with a packed duffle bag at the front door.
There you would also have to have a savings to get on a plane fast...and stay with friends on
the mainland or motel? Oh brother. What a mess.
Oh gawd, I forgot the mold afterwards...oh great.
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Old Yesterday, 01:44 PM
 
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One welcome piece of news: just read that over 70 Florida nursing homes, assisted living establishments, and hospitals in harms' way have evacuated their residents. Glad they took action ahead of time.

Meanwhile, on Grand Bahama, flooding is up and partly over second floor windows. At least some residents were fortunate enough to have two-story houses...one-story houses will be fully inundated and covered by flood waters. Wish this monster would move along, but it seems to be holding to the one mph speed, perched right over Grand Bahama...

Bahamian government help is ready to go at first opportunity, it appears, and a British naval vessel is ready to move in to assist as soon as possible. Some American and international non-profits are also gearing up.

There is a report of a child's death on Abaco...
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Old Yesterday, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Well, it's not the same thing as if you're in Florida, or New Orleans, where you can go inland for shelter.

Here's a map. The Island titled "The Bahamas" is sort of big - but that whole smattering of thin stringy islands include Nassau (and Paradise Island) and the Island that contains Freeport, a huge tourist destination but also home to a LOT of people. There's no where to go in a flood. The idea of taking shelter is a different thing if you live on a large land mass like the US, where there's somewhere to GO to avoid the hurricane.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Th...28!4d-77.39628
The bigger island where it says Bahama Islands is Andros. Directly above it is Grand Bahama Island, which at this time is getting beat up pretty bad. Freeport is on Grand Bahama Island. The islands are quite flat, which doesn't help.
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Old Yesterday, 04:01 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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I was born and raised on an island so I have experienced major hurricanes. I have seen the major devastation left behind by Irma/Maria, but those videos of Abaco shocked me. The water was so high I could not tell the difference between land and sea. It has to be made worse now that Dorian has slowed down to a crawl. I read a news report of the 1st reported death and that it was a little boy. His sister was missing. Those people have my deepest sympathies.
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I believe most of the Bahamas are populated by native people, who didn't "choose" to live there. They were born there, into this paradise, and they aren't typically wealthy. This is their home.

And they've never in the history of time weathered a storm like this. In the history of time. So in the past, this has been a good safe bet for a place to live out a glorious, if somewhat impoverished, life.

Your response is incredibly cold, scrat, and my guess is it stems from a belief that if you just believe you are wiser than people who have terrible tragedies befall them, you won't have any bad luck yourself.

:-(
I agree. That was a very cold, uncaring answer.
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Old Yesterday, 05:14 PM
 
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Looking at more pictures, I don't see how some of the people in the outer islands are going to make it. This is so sad.
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Old Yesterday, 08:25 PM
 
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Looking at more pictures, I don't see how some of the people in the outer islands are going to make it. This is so sad.
It's just unrelenting. That storm is PARKED. :-(
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Old Today, 07:23 AM
 
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Abaco people search Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/529794051099366/
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