Hurricane Georges was a very destructive, powerful, rare, very intense and a classic long-lived Cape Verde-type Category 4 hurricane. Georges was the seventh tropical storm, fourth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Georges was a category four (4) hurricane that generated in Atlantic Ocean. When forecasters first started tracking this storm George, it was a simple tropical storm, which is moderately strong. This cyclone was very clearly followed by the media, hurricane warnings were posted for the Atlantic Coast, people were asked to evacuate from coastal areas, flights were cancelled, etc. Everybody was prepared for the worst-case scenario, including me. My name is Reinaldo George and I am from the small Caribbean country, St. Kitts. Huricane Georges hit my country and it was a very interesting experience for my first strong hurricane experience.
On Thursday, September 21st the storm hit the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The whole week prior to the arrival of the storm there was plenty of rumors, gossips, and predictions on what to expect, but still no one had an exact idea on what storm was bringing us. For the reason that I have never faced such a natural phenomena before, I felt no fear and was very excited to see the storm. Despite the mega hype on television, I thought people were over-reacting about George’s visit by buying generators, flashlights, and batteries, and stocking up candles and food. I realized how wrong I was when this storm impacted my life in several ways. It knocked off the power in my house for more than a few days. I could not go anywhere, but most of all I have experienced a taste of how powerful Mother Nature can become.
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Tough “lady” George caused a lot of people’s power to go out. The storm left many people without electricity and I was one of them. The power in my house did not get fixed for a good four days. I never realized how truly dependent I was upon electricity. For days I had nothing to do, I could not read, and could not study. I was trying to do my homework under the candle’s light, but my eyes were getting tired very fast. There was no television to watch, no internet to surf, not even to mention no light to see where to go in the dark. More than once I found myself trying to flick the light switch wondering why it was not working. Every one of those days I could not help to think how people lived more than 100 years ago. Not having a television and Internet made me feel like I lost touch with the rest of the world. Eventually power came back on and it really was one of the happiest moments in my life.
After passing through Antigua, Georges produced strong winds of up to 115 mph (185 km/h) while passing over St. Kitts, Georges caused catastrophic damage downing power lines, telephone lines, and trees across the island. Lack of electricity resulted in damage to water facilities, as well. Georges’s high winds caused extensive property damage, damaging 80-85% of the houses on the island, and destroying 20-25% of homes. Many schools, businesses, hospitals, and government buildings lost their roofs, while the airport experienced severe damage to its main terminal and control tower, limiting flights to the daytime. St. Kitts’ economy was disrupted from severe agricultural losses, including the devastation of 50% of their sugar crop. In addition, damaged hotels and piers created a long-term impact through lack of tourism — an industry the island relies on. In all, Hurricane Georges caused 5 fatalities, left 3,000 homeless, and resulted in $458 million (1998 USD) in damage on the island. In the other part of the country, Nevis fared better. Like on St. Kitts, high winds downed power and telephone lines, damaging the water system there. 35% of homes on the island were damaged, though none were destroyed. Rainfall and debris killed several hundred livestock and seriously damaged coconut trees, amounting to $2.5 million (1998 USD) in agricultural damage. There were no casualties reported on the island, and damaged amounted to $39 million (1998 USD).
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The storm made me a prisoner in my own home. Aside from a lot of places being forced to close as a result of not having electricity, the roads were horrible. The storm’s rage knocked down a lot of trees; the leaves covered roads and made them completely green as opposed to gray. There was no electricity in my country and the place was a ghost town. It was a strange feeling not seeing cars driving and nights being completely dark. It was almost like Middle Ages all over again. People simply stayed in their houses waiting for things to get better. At the time that really was the only thing one could do.
The most important lesson I learned during this disaster is to respect nature and its power. Things went from good to bad pretty quickly and there was not a thing anyone could do to stop it. With as far as people have achieved, nature showed us that it still cannot be overpowered. There really is no strength like nature’s power. Watching the storm stalk across the Caribbean, changing speed, power, and direction, being so unpredictable and just disseminating everything it touches, people realized that nothing or nobody could stop it. It took us so long to get where we are today, and it took the storm less then couple of hours to take all the comfort of civilization away.
The hurricane Georges showed me what my life would be like without electricity, how boring it would be not to be able to go anywhere, and most of all respect the power of nature. The storm was definitely an important experience in my life that I will not soon forget. Aside for all the side effects the cyclone has brought us, it was a great learning experience. Despite on what had happened to my family and me, I have neither regrets nor complaints about it, because this storm showed me an importance of being thankful for the things I have in my life. I realized that I should not take for granted all the simple pleasures that make my life comfortable and easy. I recognized the true meaning of this old proverb, which states that we do not realize and appreciate what we possess until we lose it.
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