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2019 Storm Season; Hurricane Dorian

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Capt Ralph, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. discokachina

    discokachina Senior Member

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    I have been watching the videos coming in from the Bahamas where the damage is devastating. I am wondering what will be left of the boating community in the area?
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    It's tough to say at this point, but currently not much will be left. Many of the marina's in the abacos, the docks were a bit dated to begin with and I would guess most would be destroyed or unusable. The Abacos also relied on several ferry services to get from the main islands such as Treasure Cay to the outer islands. I would venture that most of those boats have been destroyed. Now, the Bahamians are quite resilient at rebuilding quickly from what I've seen.
  3. bayoubud

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    We were cruising the Abacos in 2000, one year after a direct hit by Cat 5 Floyd and most marinas were back on line. The foliage had not recovered much, not many large trees left. Not comparing Floyd to Dorian but the but the Abacos were badly damaged and recovered quickly.
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    I see tourism in the Abacos as we've known it to be dead without some major new investment. In most cases, I doubt the current resources can rebuild from the major damage. Now, new investment has often been very slow to come and when it has come, more often than not has led to private islands and resorts rather than public.
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    Agreed, With the reports coming in its not a case of rebuilding but rather , starting over again for many many businesses and families. Pictures of what was the Sea Spray Marina in Elbow was very sobering as to what's facing these people.
  6. Capt J

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    It is like one monstrous tornado hit in terms of the level of destruction, but then that was the level of the winds. It would appear the Abacos got the maximum winds from the storm.
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    A cat 5 with 185mph winds is a giant tornado. Period

    Looking at various pictures and video every single marina is destroyed. There are reports that every single ferry has been sunk or wrecked.

    It will take years to get the Abacos to a point where it can be a viable destination again

    I guess the Exumas are going to be real busy this winter
  9. bayoubud

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    Similar wreckage as the Florida panhandle last year after Cat 5 Michael blasted through the Panama City/Mexico Bch area. Not much left undamaged after a Cat 5.
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    Is it possible to rebuild after such devastating damage? This is heartbreaking to look at.
  11. Capt Ralph

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    Anybody heard from Spanish or Grand Cays yet?
    I hope all were dusted off of Grand Cay.
    Eager to hear how the Spanish Cay docks held up?
  12. olderboater

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    Now several tornadoes have hit eastern Carolinas.
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    Some reports from the isles.
    Cracker Ps is gone, all souls on Lubbers accounted for.
    Talloo cut and the beach will never be the same.
    Everything on Eastern Shores is gone, all souls accounted for.
    Most of Guana was leveled, all souls accounted for.

    Piles of confusing reports from Elbow re; Abaco Inn & Sea Spray from bad to worst (blown away and washed out?).
    Nothing solid from MOW either.
    No word from Tip-o-Talloo.
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    Here's another view of the storm from space...

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