Over the past six weeks, Tom and I have received so many kind calls, emails, texts, Facebook and Whatsapp messages and more, inquiring about our little house by the ferry and how it fared during Hurricane Dorian. Until now, however, I just didn’t feel ready to talk about it.
Early on Sunday, September 1, as Dorian barreled northwest along the coast of Abaco toward Green Turtle Cay, we began hearing how severely Hope Town and Marsh Harbour had been hit. At that point, Tom and I made peace with the fact that Fish Hooks would likely be destroyed.
This terrific video was posted yesterday on YouTube by a member of Team M/V Adventure. Team M/V Adventure helped set up the Adventure Cafe, which has been feeding the folks of Green Turtle Cay as they attempt to rebuild their town and their lives after Hurricane Dorian.
I just did a rough tally, and over the past 14 years, I’ve shot more than 115,000 photos on Green Turtle Cay. And yet, in watching this video, there were entire street scenes that I didn’t immediately recognize. The amount of damage and destruction our little island has sustained is absolutely heartbreaking.
A million thanks to Bruce Pinder of Da Salty Pig Adventures in Spanish Wells for allowing me to share these photos of GTC’s New Plymouth settlement with you.
As you can see, the devastation is widespread, and the residents of Green Turtle Cay (as well as the Abaco mainland, other Abaco cays and Grand Bahama) will need all the support they can get in the weeks, months and years ahead. Please help if you can. Here’s how.
Hi, all. Below are a number of high-res photos of Green Turtle Cay taken during a fly-over shortly after Hurricane Dorian. I’ve tried to put them in order roughly from north to south.
As you can see, some homes have been lost all together and most others are heavily damaged. Our family and friends on the cay and throughout Abaco and Grand Bahama need as much help as we can give them in the weeks, months and years ahead. Here’s How You Can Help.
The following information comes directly from Green Turtle Cay as of this morning, Sunday, September 8th:
“Everyone on Green Turtle Cay is working around the clock, keeping spirits high, and staying very organized against all odds. They have jumped into immediate action hosting town meetings, distributing relief items, and clearing debris.
The roads are fully cleared already with use of some functioning carts/cars.
In early September 2019, Hurricane Dorian swept through the northern Bahamas, devastating thousands of Bahamians in Abaco and Grand Bahama. Hundreds of people have been killed. Many who survived have been left with nothing but the clothing they had on. And since hurricane insurance is prohibitively expensive, most didn’t have it.
Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian will need all the help we can give them — not just today, but for months and maybe years to come.
As I write this, Hurricane Dorian is churning northwest across the Atlantic, taking direct aim at Green Turtle Cay and the other northern Bahamian islands. Predictions are that the storm could reach Category 3 or even 4 strength by the time it passes over the Bahamas on Sunday.
Though neither Tom nor I are on Green Turtle Cay at the moment, our amazing property managers Michael and Jennifer Sawyer of Abaco Breeze Properties have ensured that Fish Hooks is closed up tight and ready for Dorian. We’ve been in touch with a number of our friends and family members in Abaco, and everyone’s busy boarding up and battening down.
Thanks to Mandy Bennett Roberts of Green Turtle Cay for this photo, taken at GTC’s Coco Bay night before last. Looking at that peaceful scene, it’s hard to believe a hurricane is steaming towards Abaco. Be safe, everyone!