There’s no shortage of images of the effects of Hurricane Irma in the national and international media today. But you’re probably not seeing these.
This is Ragged Island, in the southwest Bahamas.
Though Irma traveled far enough west that the northeastern Bahamas (including Abaco) felt nothing but a strong breeze, islands in the southern and western Bahamas were subjected to her full wrath.
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Finally, a few minutes to write about last weekend! As some of you know, last Saturday was my book signing at Logos Bookstore in Nassau. Huge thanks to Logos’ owner Ricardo Munroe and his staff for being so welcoming.
From one author to another… me with Bahamian meteorologist and author, Wayne Neely. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Neely.)
Logos has long been my favourite Bahamian bookstore. For years, every trip to Nassau has included at least one visit to Logos to check out what’s new in their Bahamian history section (and, I’ll admit, to imagine what it would be like to have my own books displayed there.) Thanks to Ricardo for helping me make that dream a reality.
And thank you to everyone who came out for the signing, which was a terrific success.
It was wonderful to see so many old friends – including a few I hadn’t seen in decades – and to meet some new ones. I also discovered a few new relatives!
Two of my favourite Bahamian authors – Rosemary Hanna and Wayne Neely – also stopped by to say hello.
In addition to being a meteorologist, Wayne is the author of a series of books about the most devastating hurricanes to hit the Bahamas.
His books, which draw on first-hand accounts as well as his professional expertise, include The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1866, The Greatest and Deadliest Hurricanes of the Caribbean and the Americas, and The Great Bahamian Hurricanes of 1899 and 1932. They make for fascinating reading, and the latter was instrumental to me in conducting research for my own book.
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