You might assume the images were shot in early September, shortly after Hurricane Dorian. However, they were taken November 24th — nearly three months after the Category 5 devastated the northern Bahamas.
Today, Tom and I have much for which to be grateful.
We’re thankful that so many of our family members and friends survived Hurricane Dorian. Given the harrowing tales of survival we’ve heard, it’s a miracle that so many made it through.
If you’re on Green Turtle Cay today, don’t miss McIntosh Restaurant and Bakery’s Thanksgiving dinner.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has sent info for the What’s Open in Abaco list, which is growing daily.
Ok, folks. Here’s the first iteration of my “What’s Open in Abaco” list. It’s amazing the number of Abaco businesses that have reopened in just the past few weeks — and many more are expected back in the weeks and months ahead.
A reminder that our friends and family members on Abaco and the Abaco Cays will need outside help for many months to come. Here’s an updated list of ways you can help them recover and rebuild.
Wish I could attend this meeting. If anyone is going, would you record and post on social media? Thanks.
It’s true that many resorts and vacation rentals in central and north Abaco are temporarily closed due to damages sustained during Hurricane Dorian. But several south Abaco resorts are open and ready to welcome guests.
This video of my cousin, Oswald Hall, will give you a brief glimpse into what our friends and relatives endured in the days following Hurricane Dorian.
The footage was recorded in September, but for many on Abaco and Grand Bahama, the emotions are as raw and the pain just as real nearly three months after the storm.
Ossie’s right when he says that the only way Abaconians are going to get through this experience is to pull together and make it happen. And it’s been incredibly inspiring seeing folks in Abaco do just that.
Of course, their progress to date would not have been possible without the generous outpouring of love and support from countless individuals, relief organizations and foreign and domestic NGOs.
And whereas some regions of Abaco — the cays in particular — are making strides toward rebuilding, greater Marsh Harbour (including Murphy and Dundas Towns) is recovering more slowly. In the past few weeks, several vital businesses have reopened, but Marsh Harbour has a long way to go.
The township of Marsh Harbour and Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire And Rescue remind donors and potential donors that only the individuals listed below are authorized to collect donations (material or financial) on behalf of MHVFR.
I’ve received numerous reader emails since Hurricane Dorian and by far, the most commonly asked questions are “How can I help Dorian victims?” (which I’ve answered HERE) and “What Abaco businesses are open?”
To keep everyone informed (and to help me keep track, since the list is growing daily!) I’m compiling a master list of open Abaco businesses, which I’ll share over the next few days here on the blog.
New developments reported by The Abaconian include:
- City water is once again available to many buildings
- Bahamas Power and Light is working hard to restore electricity to key structures including the government complex, mini-hospital and Leonard Thompson International Airport
Though much of the world’s media has moved on to other stories, our friends and family in the Bahamas are still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
While it’s true that some communities are making progress in their recovery, many areas still have a long, long way to go. Thousands of Bahamians still have no electricity, running water or access to banks and other vital services.
The reality is that foreign aid is still very much needed in the northern Bahamas, and will be for years to come.
For those wondering how to best help Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, I’ve recently updated my “How You Can Help” page. Please take a moment to check out the list and contribute if you can toward these worthy organizations.
Located south of Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay (on which Hope Town is located) was the first point of landfall for Hurricane Dorian. The damage there has been extensive.
In the nearly ten weeks since Hurricane Dorian, we’ve talked a lot about the helpers. And rightfully so.
Hundreds of relief workers and volunteers have put their lives on hold to come to the Bahamas to feed storm victims, raise sunken vessels and muck out buildings.
Thousands of kind donors have contributed funds, food, clothing, vehicles, construction materials and more. And the Bahamian people are incredibly grateful for this support.
But on Friday night, Tom’s news report – shot while we were in Abaco in late October – was about Bahamians. In this case, the residents of Green Turtle Cay who are working tirelessly to rebuild their homes and lives.