NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER TRULY REMARKABLE Volume: 107 No.225FRIDAY, AUGUST 26/SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, SHOWER HIGH 92F LOW 79F By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter p firstname.lastname@example.org T HANKING God there was no loss of life following the passage of HurricaneI rene, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham called upon all Bahamians last night to work together to bring relief and recovery tot hose citizens left in need. Addressing the nation on national television andr adio, Mr Ingraham said the government is in the process o f assessing the damage caused by the category three storm, and is moving quick l y to provide assistance and restore the damaged homes, businesses, churches and public infrastructure. Mr Ingraham said assessm ent teams made up of cab inet ministers and public officers are to be dispatched to all affected communities beginning today. H e also announced that he will personally com mence a series of visits to affected Family Islands this morning. M r Ingraham said: We have no more precious asset in this world than that of the life we have been given, and I am happy to report that in the wake of this dangerous storm, there has not been any loss of life or significant injury to any person. This is truly remarkable. I am pleased to report that all hurricane alerts have been discontinued for the Bahamas as Hurricane Irene has departed our waters. We pray that territories to our north in the United States of America will fare well during the next several days as the storm moves along its e astern seaboard. Mr Ingraham also commended the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMAg overnment officials, and all public officers and volunteers who coordinated then ations preparedness, manned shelters and generally ensured that Bahami ans and visitors to the country were well informed on the approach and possible impact of the Hurricane upon life, buildings and infrastructure. According to Mr Ingraham, in all some 1,016 per sons sought refuge at hurri cane shelters: 156 in New Providence and 860 throughout the Family Islands. Mr Ingraham again thanked and commended Prime Minister praises relief efforts as the nation sets about rebuilding TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HURRICANEIRENERIPPEDTHEBAHAMASAPART, YET NO LIVES WERE LOST... STORMAFTERMATH: 17-year-old Sharico Seymour of Cat Island is lucky to be alive after the roof of his bedroom was torn off by Hurricane Irene. Felip Major /Tribune staff By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FIFTEEN per cent of New Providence was still without electricity last night, according to BEC officials. According to a statement released by the corporation yesterday, restoration efforts in New Providence and the Family Islands is in full progress. It said: Crews worked throughout the night, and by 10.30 yesterday morning, supply was restored to 85 per cent of New Providence customers. On Thursday afternoon, BEC crews were dispatched around the capital to began assessment and restoration of supplies to customers. Spokeswoman Arnette Ingraham said there are pockets of areas and individual residences that are still without electricity. While crews are trying to MANY HOMES STILL WITHOUT ELECTRICITY By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MOST airports across the Bahamas sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Irene, enabling operations to be restored yesterday morning, said emergency officials. The Lynden Pindling International Airport, the countrys main gateway, was back in business from early Friday morning, accommodating passengers trying to leave the country. Officials from the Nassau Air port Development Company (NAD activity was at the US-departures section, where American Airlines, US Airways, Continental, Delta, Bahamas Air and Jet Blue were in operation. Air Tran did not operate flights yes terday, but they are expected to be up and running today. Jet Blue and Bahamas Air officials were on site from as early as 8am to check in passen gers. It was a Jet Blue aircraft that arrived at 9.01 as the first inbound flight from Fort Lauderdale. Jet Blue also had the first outbound flight, heading to Orlando at 10.25am. Most airlines were in talks with their head offices yesterday, working to restore regularly scheduled OPERATIONS RESTORED AT MOST AIRPORTS 1 5% OFNEWPROVIDENCE S TILLHASNOPOWER MINIMAL S T ORM D AMAGE SEE page eight SEE page eight By SANCHESKA BROWN POLICE are denying earlier reports that a local gas station was robbed and looted on Thursday night. According to a local radio station, the Esso gas station on Fire Trail Road was looted after the driver of a white van intentionally drove through the storm shutters into the convenience store. However, Superintendent Stephen Dean said police believe the incident was not a robbery. "We spoke to the owner of the gas station and he told us nothing was stolen and every thing was still in place. Earlier reports that a UP to press time last night, there was still no word on the condition of Acklins and Crooked Island as communication to the island had still not been restored. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA assessment from a team they sent to the islands yesterday morning. The Tribune attempted to contact both Islands but were unsuccessful as cell phone and land lines were still down. BTC spokesman Marlon Johnson said the phones are down because BEC hasn't restored the electricity. He said: "We are aware there is no communication on Acklins and Crooked Islands but its not our fault. Our services are up but the power is off. Our back-up batteries on cell towers POLICE DENY REPORTS OF GAS STATION LOOTING S TILL N O WORD ON ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND CONDITION SEE page eight SEE page 11 PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham addresses the nation last night. SEE page 11 CATISLAND
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, AUGUST 26/SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ELEUTHERA was largely spared the ravishes of Hurricane Irene despite theh eart of the storm traversing the length of the island. T he Tribune v isited Eleuthera by helicopter yesterday, and encountered some pleasantly surprising scenes. D espite the eye of the storm passing directly over the southernmost island of Princess Cay, the community seemed practically untouched. Green Castle also fared very well. A nd while James Cistern appears to have been hardest hit, the damage was for the most part confined to downed utility poles and masses of seaweed and sand deposited on the road by storm surge. T he Glass Window Bridge area escaped virtually unscathed, as did Upper and Lower Bogue, aside from some roof shingle damage to homes. T he PA Gibson Primary School in Hatchet Bay lost part of its roof, as did the primary school in Gregory Town the hardest hit settlement after James Cistern. G regory Town natives will probably be in the dark for a while, as the local BEC tower snapped in two, while the r unway of the communitys airport is clogged with private aircraft overturned by the wind. D OWNED UTILITY POLES i n James Cistern. A local womans home which was blown over can be seen in the background. Although this was the hardest hit settlement, the o nly other impact was from masses of sand and extremely pungent seaweed pushed ashore by the storm surge.ALLPHOTOS/ JOANNMCPIKE ELEUTHERA LARGELY SPARED BY IRENE ABOVE: Small aircraft were overturned by the wind at the Gregory Town Airport. RIGHT: The BEC tower in Gregory Town was snapped in two. THE PA GIBSON PRIMARY SCHOOL in Hatchet Bay lost p art of its roof.
HURRICANE Irene tore boats from their moori ngs, ripped roofs off h omes and uprooted trees a s she ripped through the Abacos on Thursday. Marsh Harbour residents were thankful the storm came from the south, and therefore surge did not cause the harbour to flood, h owever islands and comm unities in the north were hit by surge and suffered f lood damage. G reen Turtle Cay was reportedly badly hit but it w as nearly impossible to make contact with anyone on the island yesterday as a ll telephone communications were out of service, a nd several utility poles had fallen. Timothy Roberts, a r eporter for The Abaconian, spoke to residents who t old him the settlement of New Plymouth was flooded by storm surge, causing d amage to buildings in lowlying areas, such as the w ell-known home of the goombay smash, the Blue Bee Bar, which reportedly h eld around two feet of water. Further damage was d one to homes on the north side of the island, which Mr Roberts said took the brunt of thew inds, but aside from losi ng shingles, there was no major destruction to prop erty, he said. I n Man-O-War Cay, south of Green Turtle, Michael Albury, presidentof the Abaco Chamber of C ommerce, lost the roof on his home, and other build ings also suffered wind damage, according to ini t ial reports. Hope Town residents were spared, reportingm inimal structural damage t o property, although surge eroded the dune at White Sound and Abaco Inn ridge in the south end of Elbow Cay. Initial reports out of Great Guana Cay indicate the docks in the Sea of Abaco were badly damaged, although the marina fared well. Flooding struck coastal communities in Little Aba co in the north, such as Fox Town, Cedar Harbour and Blackwood, where Mr Roberts said there is up to four feet of flooding, and the front street in Coopers Town was also underwater. Treasure Cay suffered flooding, and there was over two feet of water in Windward Beach, on the eastern side, Mr Roberts said. But Patrick Fetch, general manager of the Trea sure Cay resort, said the area fared well, considering the strength of the storm. Around 30 boats in the resort marina escaped with minor bangs and scrapes, as the surge did not reach the sea wall at the resort, although other docks were submerged by a six to eight foot surge. He said several trees, around 30 or 40 years old, were knocked down in Treasure Cay, along with utility poles, which he was helping BEC re-erect with the use of a resort vehicle yesterday. Around 30 guests were evacuated before the storm and the resort was shuttered up well before she hit, so damage was limited to water damage and broken windows in four of the 96 hotel rooms. "During the eye of the storm it was very spooky," Mr Fetch said. "No sooner than an hour and a half it went from 1 20mph winds to calm and t hen back to 120. But it b lew all night and switched gears." In Marsh Harbour at least half a dozen sailboats broke loose from their moorings and landed on rocks, and banks, and a b oat belonging to a fisherm an from Cherokee broke loose and crash landed b adly damaged in the Dund as Town area, west of Marsh Harbour. A Haitian sloop that had tied up to the dock at the Marsh Harbour Marina a nd Jib Room, badly damaged the dock, according t o local reports, but the harbour was spared the flooding caused by Hurri-c ane Floyd hit in 1999, and again by Hurricane Jeanne i n 2004. So although coastal areas of Murphy Town flooded, t he inland areas including the Haitian settlements k nown as the Mud and Pigeon Pea, were spared disastrous floods, locals s ay. Many residents of the Haitian communities werea mong the 300-plus resi dents who made use of public shelters during the storm, and were relievedt o find the damage to their h omes was minimal. In South Abaco also, the communities of Cherokeea nd Sandy Point have reported minimal damage. And yesterday the com munity was out on thes treets clearing up. Lloyd Williams, a prop erty manager in Marsh Harbour, was impressed byt he efforts everyone made to repair the community after the storm. Everybody was out t here early this morning cleaning the streets, clean ing each other's yards, and it was amazing to see the camaraderie," he said. "We are lucky it did not pick up to that really high category four, and the angle that it came on saved us, because it didn't come straight from the open ocean. "Sometimes a few miles in a hurricane makes a big difference." LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, AUGUST 26/SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011, PAGE 3 IRENE DAMAGES HOMES AND BOATS IN ABACO Marsh Harbour residents thankful storm came from the south EFFECTS of surge erosion in Abaco.
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com HURRICANE Irene traumatised Long Island residents as the powerful storm swept directly over the island on Wednesday night, bringing destructive winds and pounding rain. L ong Islanders say it was the worst hurricane to hit the island in a lifetime. "Ya know, I've seen nothing like this in my 66 years on this earth," one Long Island native said. Yesterday, Chief Counsellor Ian Knowles told The Tribune t he entire island was affected by the storm, with most homes experiencing structural damageas well as flooding. Mr Knowles conducted a tour of the island in the aftermath of Irene, and said some residents reported experiencing winds up to 130 miles per h our and many had three to four feet of water in their homes. People have suffered a lot of structural damage from the wind and flooding, he said. Mr Knowles said there were no reports of injuries or deaths on the island, adding that the l ocal clinic was open yesterday. He said around 80 per cent of residents are still without electricity and with seven BECpolls down, he doesnt suspect power to be restored to the southern part of the island before Sunday. It is reported that several landmarks also experienced structural damage, including the Anglican Church in Clarence Town, the roof of which was torn almost completely off by the strong winds. While the main roads are now clear of debris, Mr Knowles cautioned drivers to avoid areas that experienced heavy flooding, for example the r oad between Stella Maris and Burnt Ground, which is reported to have been 18 inches to two feet under water. Nassau resident Adrian Gibson, who grew up on the island and was visiting relatives when the destructive storm hit, said most residents have been witho ut power since midday Wednesday, with phones cutting out shortly after. He said: Many people are completely without communi cation as their land-lines are down and they have no back-up power source to charge their cell phones. Hurricane Irene, at least temporarily, has returned Long Island to the dark ages. He said in many areas, large chunks of road were eroded away, trees were uprooted, roofs collapsed and windows were shattered. The graveyard in Millerton was completely submerged on Thursday, he added. MP Larry Cartwright flew to Long Island with his team yesterday afternoon and will remain there through the week end. While yet to begin his tour when he spoke to The Tribune, M r Cartwright said he was in close contact with the islands administrators and the chief counsellor throughout the storm, and had a good idea of the damage beforehand. Power had been restored as far south as Grays, Mr Cartwright said, but the southe rn portion of the island remained in darkness last night. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, AUGUST 26/SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011, PAGE 5 RESIDENT PROMOTION Adults 79$Kids 49$No reservations required, based on availability. For general inquiries call 363-6950.Aquaventure passes and lunch vouchers are available at the Discover Atlantis Desk in the Coral Towers. Proof of residency required for discounted rate.Includes: Complimentary Parking included with Package PurchaseLocated at the Atlantis Self Park Facility at the rear of the Craft CenterComplimentary Lunch Voucher Redeemable at express outlets onlyAccess to all Atlantis Pools, Slides and Rides August 20th September 4th LONG ISLAND RESIDENTS TRAUMATISED BY STORM STORMAFTERMATH: A flooded road in Long Island. ABOVE: The graveyard in Millerton, where headstones were pushed over by the wind andw ater. LEFT: A house w ith roof and other s tructural damage.
By SANCHESKA BROWN T HE WATER and Sewe rage corporation has restored water to most of the Bahamas but rationing and conservation exercises are expected to continue in New Providence until next week. H urricane Irene caused interruptions in the water supply in New Providence and most of the Family Islands, but WSC general m anager Glen Laville said n one of the desalination plants was seriously damaged. We are still awaiting a ssessment reports from m ost of the islands and due to down phone lines we havent been able to get in contact with them, but from reports I can say water is being produced in most of the islands. A problem we are encountering is water is being produced and not supplied, which means it is being produced at thed esalination plants but is somehow being blocked before it arrives to the customer. This is the issue in Eleuthera and Exuma and its cays, he said. W ater supply has been f ully restored in New Provid ence, San Salvador, Ragged Island, SouthA ndros, North and Central A ndros, the Berry Islands and Bimini, Mr Laville said. I n Mayaguana, the power is still off and this is creating problems with the w ater supply in Pirates Well and Betsy Bay. W SC is still awaiting assessments from Acklins, Crooked Island, the Berry I slands, Long Island and A baco. I n Inagua, where the desalination plant is experiencing a mechanical challenge, customers may suffer some interruptions in supply until the repairs are completed, he said. I n terms of water barging into New Providence, Mr Laville said WSCs tanker, The Titas, has been moved back to Arawak Cay from Prince George Wharf, where it rode out the storm. H e said it may be a day o r two before it can resume n ormal service however, because a sunken tug b oat is blocking the ships berth. The boat is in the way so t hat being removed determ ines how quickly we can resume shipping. If we leave today, we can b e back the next day with water, said. He added that before The Titas can resume its normal cycle, an assessment of the dock and channel conditions in Andros must be complete d. The Titas represents a bout 30 per cent of our NP w ater production. So for the n ext three to seven days we w ill have conservation measures in place. The water will not be off but we will not pump as m uch as we used to until things are back to normal, he said. Mr Laville asked the public to minimise water usage where possible and practi c al. R egarding the sewerage system, Mr Laville said WSC is working hard toa void any overflows or backu ps. Any back-ups or leaks in New Providence should be reported by calling 3025599,325-0505 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. F amily Island customers s hould report any problems to the corporations head office in their community,h e said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, AUGUST 26/SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church( Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427( www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH, 2011Theme: "Like Good Stewards of The Manifold Grace of God, Serve One Another With Whatever Gift Each of You Have Received."7:00 A.M. Rev. Carla Culmer/Bro. Jamicko Forde 11:00 A.M. Bro. Bro. Ernest Miller Sr./Sis. Mathilda Woodside 7:00 P.M. Rev. Carla Culmer/Youth Guild 0$5.(7,1* '(17 1(('(' -DFTXHV)UHGHULFRI)DLWK $1DVVDX%DKDPDV 0RQD/RXLVRI:LOWRQ 6WUHHW1DVVDX%DKDPDV ALL US visa services will remain suspended until Tuesday following the passage of Hurricane Irene, American offi cials announced. The US Embassy has strongly encouraged individuals who had scheduled visa appointments to visit the embassys website, http://nassau.usembassy.gov, for up-to-date information on appointment rescheduling and the status of visa operations. The website also contains information on procedures for those individuals who require visas and must travel to the US on an emergency basis. As the storm approached on Wednesday, it was announced that the US State Department had authorised the departure of embassy staff family members on a voluntary basis. The embassy also issued a statement telling US citizens in the Bahamas they should seri ously consider departing while commercial flights were still available. The ability of the US Embassy in Nassau to provide non-emergency services in the aftermath of a hurricane will be extremely limited, it said. US preclearance facilities in Nassau and Freeport closed on Wednesday. Until they re-open, all passengers travelling to the United States will require a valid US passport or a valid US visa. As the storm approached, the embassy told American citizens that only a very limited staff would be available to provide emergency consular services with regard to urgent matters such as death, serious injury or illness, arrest, child abduction, or destitution. This includes the provision of limited-validity passports to those with an emergency need to return to the United States, such as victims of serious crimes or tourists whose passports were lost or stolen, the embassy said. Americans who urgently need assistance in the aftermath of the storm should immediate ly contact the American Citi zens Services section at the embassy on 242-322-1181 or email ACSN@state.gov. US VISA SERVICES REMAIN SUSPENDED UNTIL TUESDAY WATER RESTORED, BUT RATIONING TO CONTINUE STREET SIGNS toppled after Hurricane Irene passed the capital. F elip Major / Tribune staff
flights. NAD officials are advising passengers to contact their airl ines directly to confirm flight times and to reschedule where necessary. As Hurricane Irene continu es to threaten the East coast o f the United States, passengers are advised to be mindful of potential airport closures in the US. The major disruption reported at the LPIA was the closure of US Pre-clearance. Bahamian p assengers were disgruntled about the closure, as they were unable to book flights at the airport without a US VISA. Ordi-n arily, Bahamians are able to t ravel with identification and a police record; however, airlines would not book passengers as a result of the US Pre-clearance c losure. Passengers claimed there w ere US Immigration officials walking around the airport, w hich further upset them. NAD officials were in discussions with US officials yesterday, working out when US Pre-clearance would open. L ast night, it was announced that pre-clearance services willn ot available until tomorrow. The airport said in a statem ent that post-clearance will continue to be in effect throughout the day today. Bahamians who have plans to travel to the United States this morning with only a police record will not be able to travel,t he statement warned. Visas are required for all persons entering the US, wheret hey will clear Immigration and Customs. United States Customs and B order Protection (USCBP restore full pre-clearance services as soon as their staff complement returns to normal leve ls. Updates will be provided as c ircumstances change. All passengers are asked to be patient with these new arrangements as these are unusual circumstances. Every effort is being made to have the US departures experience be as efficient and pleasanta s possible, the statement said. Three Abaco airports Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay andM oss Island were out of service yesterday, as a result of Hurricane Irene, said Captain PatrickR olle, Civil Aviation director. The Rum Cay airport was also closed, as aviation officials were not able to communicate with t he island as of yesterday afternoon. T he Grand Bahama International Airport experienced major flooding, which covered the tarmac with water and debris, and caused minor water damage to the physical buildi ng. Both the international and domestic sections were affected by the flooding. Captain Rolle said the airport staff were working to have oper-a tions restored this morning, around 7am. Although Cat Island experienced some extreme damage, Captain Rolle said the damage at the air-p ort was not enough to affect o perations. A ll of the other Family Island a irports were open as of yesterday, said Captain Rolle. We a re grateful that considering everything that has happened m ost of the airports are intact and open, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, AUGUST 26/SATURDAY, 27, 2011 TRIBUNE and for landlines only last for so long. So the phones won't be on until the electricity is on." BEC has said they dont know when services will be restored because some of the poles are s everely damaged, and new poles have to be barged to the island. N EMA sent a team to Acklins with food, water and clothing, and officials described the situat ion there as "dire." Before communication was cut in Acklins, The Tribune reported that 90 per cent of Lovely Bay was gone, with several homes completely blowing away. P ower lines and trees were down in the road and the shelter population had increased. C hester's Bay was experiencing similar conditions with winds at 110mph. There was no report f rom Central Acklins. In Crooked Island, it was reported the Colonel H ill High School's roof was completely blown off and its windows were blown out. Two classroom blocks also were destroyed a portion of the St John The Baptist Church has collapsed and the local clinic has lost shingles and the elec t rical wiring has been exposed. At 4.15pm on Wednesday, Nurse B Carroll r eported that 14 people were in shelters and the wind has increased to 120 mph. O fficials from NEMA returned to the capital yesterday evening. A full assessment report on damages and needs is expected to be released today. restore supply to these areas, Ms Ingraham said the corporation is requesting the public to be patient. BEC said they are aware of downed power lines, lines that may be tangled in downed trees, broken poles, and blown fuses in various areas in these instances, the restoration effort may take additional time as trees may need to be trimmed, lines restored, or poles replaced. In the Family Islands, BEC said electricity has been fully restored to Inagua, Great Harbour Cay, Rum Cay, Long Cay, North, Central and South Andros, Bimini and the majority of customers in Crooked Island. Corporation officials said there are several islands where there was significant damage to BECs transmission and distribution networks which include Abaco, Acklins, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, L ong Island and Mayaguana. C pt Steven Russell, director of NEMA, said BEC is p artnering with BTC and the Caribbean Regional Electricity Generation to coordinate restoration efforts for islands still without telephone and power. He said in order for electricity and telephone services to be restored to areas such as Cat Island, downed and damaged utility polls will have to be replaced. Cpt Russell said utility polls will have to be barged to the various islands, shipping them is very dependent on the weather and sea conditions which wont be possible until ocean conditions are calmer. BEC encourages customers to call the Corporations Customer Service Call Centre to report any problems or outages. The contact numbers are: 302-1000, 302-1257, 3021675, 322-4930 or 302-1001. For those without phone service, representatives are also available at BECs Administration Office on Blue Hill and Tucker Roads until 4.30pm. FROM page one ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND AIRPORTOPERATIONS RESTORED FROM page one MANY HOMES STILL WITHOUT ELECTRICITY F ROM page one
s t i ll b e in g co m p i le d s e t t le m e n t s i n s o u t h E l e u t h e r a s eem to have sus tain ed only m in o r d am age acco r di ng t o t he di st rict' s ad minis tr ator Charles King spok e to T h e T rib une du ring his inspe cti on o f Wemys s Bigh t yes ter day. H e s a i d: We 'r e t ak i n g a l o ok at th e s et t lem en ts a nd d o i n g a c l e a n u p a s w e g o al on g an d so fa r, the da ma g es ap pear to be at a min imum. "A lot of debr is and sh ing l e s h a v e b e e n t o r n a w a y f r o m r o o f t o p s T h e r e w e r e s ome mi nor d amages bu t no s er ious s tru c t ur al damages ." Mr K ing a dde d: The co mmu n it y i n te re s t in h e l p in g o n e a no th er i s r e all y co mm end ab le. Th e roo f of a h ome in Ro c k S ound was i n very bad s hape pr ior to t he hur ricane an d th e res id en ts in th at c o mm unit y all pit ched in t o help t h a t f a m i l y o u t t o p r e v e n t wat er f ro m comin g int o t hat h o m e Mr Kin g w as als o pleas ed t h a t r e s i d e n t s m a d e u s e o f d esign ated s helt ers O n W e d n e s d a y t r i b u n e 2 42 co m r e p o r t e d t h a t ar oun d 100 peop le fr om var i o u s s e t t l e m e n t s i n S o u t h Eleu ther a spen t the nigh t in s helt ers and remai ned th ere u ntil the wind s d ied down. Mr King al so comm ended th e W a te r an d S ew e ra g e C o rp orat ion, which res tor ed the w a t e r s u p p l y t o S o u t h E l e u t h e r a q u i ck l y, an d t h e Bah amas E l ectr icity C o rp ora ti on w h o ha v e b e e n w or ki ng ear n es t ly t o fi x d own ed p ower li nes an d gett ing elect ri c i ty back on ." B E C o f f i c i a l s i n R o c k S ound to ld The Tr ibu ne t h a t whi le som e p oles and p ower li ne s w e re d a ma g e d, th e p ow e r s t a t i o n i t s e l f e m e r g e d u n s c a t h e d Power sh ould b e res tor ed t o S o u t h E l e u t h e r a b y t h i s m orn ing, t hey sai d. B y LAME CH JOHNSON A NE W Prov id en ce pa rlia mentarian with family ties to Eleu t her a vi s it ed t h e is l and yes t er da y to hel p d is t ri bu te su ppl ie s to th ose i mpa c ted b y Hurricane Irene. E l iz a b e th E st at e s MP R y a n P i n d e r w e n t t o G o v e r n o r s Harbour by private boat yes te r d ay e ve ni n g t o h a nd ou t dr ink ing wate r and clot hing d o n a t e d b y c o mp a n i e s i n N a s sau. He said: "I arrived in Gov e r n o r s H a r b o u r y e s t e r d a y w it h t h e 2 5 c a se s o f w a t e r g ra c i ou sl y do n at ed b y A qu a Pur e a n d s i x b o x e s o f c l o t h i n g do n a te d by A da m an d Eve store. The re w e re ab ou t 10 or so re siden ts he re to hel p o ffloa d th e i t ems Yo u co u ld r eal ly s e e t h e y w e r e h a p p y a n d excited to receive help from Nassau." M r P i n d e r s a i d h e d r e c e i v e d w o rd th a t G o v e rn o rs H a r b o u r a n d P a l m e t t o Po i nt es p ec ia ll y" h ad be en h it h ard b y th e c a te go ry th re e hurricane. "Lionel Fernander, who is the administrator for Gover n or's Ha rbour, al ong w ith his t e a m a n d w i t h m y s e l f a r e g o i n g to be a s se ss i n g t h e d a m a g e s i n t h e s e s e t t l e m e n t s b efore hea ding up to Spa nish Wells," Mr Pinder said. Du rin g the hurri c an e, c o mm u n i c a t i o n s w i t h N o r t h Eleuthera were lost, and Mr P i n d e r s a i d h e f e a r e d t h a t S p a n i s h W e l l s h i s f a t h e r s h o m e to w n h a d b e e n h i t h a rd S p a n i s h W e l l s f r o m i n f o r m a t i o n I v e r e c e i v e d fair ed bett er than I expected an d t ha t s a go o d t h i n g, he s a i d Mr P in de r a d de d t ha t w h e n Irene hit, Eleuthera had still n o t c o m p l e t e l y r e c o v e r e d from the devastation caused b y H u r ri c a n e A n d re w i n 1 9 9 2 "We have to really respect this community because they have been through a lot. W e i n N a s s a u h a v e t h e i nf rastructure in pla ce to s urvive t his k ind of i mpac t but unfortunately a lot of the out islands do not. "So w e nee d to be rea dy to h e l p t h e m a s b e s t a nd i n w h a t ever ways we can," he said. M r P i n d e r w i l l l e a v e El e u t he r a t o n i g ht b u t s ai d he plans to retur n t omorr ow Though off i cial reports are LOCAL NEWS P AGE 10, FRIDA Y AUGUST 26/SA TURDA Y AUGUST 27, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com W H I L E i t d i d n o t c o m p a r e t o Fl oyd or An drew in terms of da ma g e H u r r i c a n e I r e n e w a s j u s t a s u nforge ttable a cc ordin g to the top o ffici al on May ag uana For 18 hou r s str a igh t, admi nistrat o r Ha rv e y R ob e rt s sa id he e n du re d t h e t e r r i fy i n g h o w l s o f t h e w i n d e c h o i n g a l l a r o u n d H e b a r e l y sl e p t d u r i n g t h e o r d e a l w h i l e b u n k e r e d d o w n a t a p r i vate hom e w ith his w ife The e x pe ri e nc e is s om e th in g I d o n o t w a n t t o h a v e a g a i n I w i l l r e m e m b er i t for a lon g time. The w ind w as l ik e a roa rin g li on aro un d the ho use "I w ent th r o ugh H urr i ca ne Flo yd i n N o r t h E l e u t h e r a a n d A n d r e w the re Alt ho ug h the de va sta ti on w a s no t as b a d, t hi s w as a re al ly fri gh te ni ng exp er ien c e ; not k no wing wha t wa s happ enin g on the o utside. I am he ari ng t he n oise rig ht n ow thin ki ng abou t it," sai d Mr Ro berts. W e w e r e n o t a b l e t o s l e e p t hr ou gho ut t he ni ght You c a nno t slee p w ith a n oise l ike tha t. Yo u just stay away, awake, awake until day brea k c om es whe n you c an p eer out the w indow a nd see w hat damag e is out there," he said. Ma ya g ua na wa s no t h it b y the ey e of the storm, but it was within the ring o f w i nds rang in g from 7 5 to 11 5 mi l e s p e r ho u r. H ur ri c a n e c on d i ti o n s r e a c h e d t h e i s l a n d o n T u e s d a y evening. A n a s se s sm e n t te a m i s e x p e c t e d to h ead o ut t o M ayagua na ear ly t his morning for reconnaissance and to d i s t r i b u t e s u p p l i e s s a i d C a p t a i n S te p h e n R u sse l l h e a d o f t he N a ti o n al E me rgen cy Ma na ge men t Ag en cy (NEMA). Captain Russell confirmed that it may take a while for the is la nd t o ha ve p ow er resto r e d, b ec au se of the in vol ved p ro ces s of s hip pin g elect r i c i t y p o l e s a n d o t h e r n e c e s s a r y equipment to the island. Most of the southern islands will suffer similar conditions, because a ba rge w ill ha ve to tr a nspo rt th e util ity poles, and that is contingent on sea conditions. Ca p t a i n Ru s s e l l s a i d t h e s e a i s s t i l l p r e t t y c h o p p y T h e v e r y r o u g h c o n d i t i o n s h e s a i d a r e a l r e a d y h a m p e r i n g t h e D e f e n c e F or ce of fi cial s t r yin g to r each Cat I sl and wh er e al mo st al l t he ut il ity po les a re r epo rt ed to be do wn. T h e Bah amas El ect ri cit y Co rp or a t i o n ( B E C ) a n d t h e B a h a m a s T e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s C o m p a n y ( BTC) ar e w o r kin g in con ju ncti on wit h NEMA t o ens ur e powe r and t e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s e r v i c e s a r e r es to re d t o all th e i sl and s Ca pta in Ru ss el l sa id th e p r oces s ma y s ee m t o be "lo ng an d dr awn o u t b u t o f f i c i a l s a r e o n t o p o f things an d working ha r d to co-ordin at e the s hi pm en t o f e q ui pm en t a n d th e p r ovis i on of pe rs o nne l. T h r o u g h o u t t h e s t o r m M r Robert s said he wa s in c ont ac t with Capt ai n Ru s se ll. T he su ppor t pr ovided by NEMA o f f i c i a l s a n d t h e M e t e o r o l o g i c a l O f f i c e w a s f a n t a s t i c h e s a i d a dd in g tha t t he ho urly u pd ate s w e re "ver y h elp fu l". Overall the island of M a yagua na fa i r ed "p r et t y wel l ", ac co r di n g t o o f f i c i a l s A ro un d 40 h ous es r eceiv ed le vel one or t wo da mage mea nin g t hey can be r epa ir ed, a nd t her e wer e no re por t s of in ju ri es T h e r e w e r e a l a r g e n u m b e r o f upr o ot ed t re es and s h ing les bl own off r oofs A por tion o f the r oof was to rn off a chur ch a nd s ever al l igh t pol es wer e kno cked do wn. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e 2 0 0 0 c e n s u s th er e ar e 259 r es ide nts in M aygu an a T h e l ar g es t s et t le me nt i s A br a ham 's Bay on t he so ut h coas t ; t he o th er set tl em e nts are B e tsy B a y an d Pi ra te' s Bay. M A Y A G U A N A O F F I C I A L : H U R R I C A N E I R E N E U N F O R G E T T A B L E RESIDENTS BUNKER DOWN DURING STORM P LP M P v i s i t s b a t t e re d s e t t l e me n t s i n E l eu t h er a HEL PI NG HAN D: El i zab e th E s ta te s MP Ry a n P in de r we nt t o Go v er no rs H a rbo u r b y p ri v at e b oa t y e s te rd a y ev e n in g to h a nd ou t dri n k in g wa te r an d c l ot hi ng do na t ed b y c o mp a ni e s i n Na s s au W e i n Nassau h av e the i n fr a s t r u c tur e in place to sur viv e this kind of impact but unf or tunatel y a lot of the out islands do not. R yan Pinder Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story
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LOCAL NEWS P AGE 12, FRIDA Y AUGUST 26/SA TURDA Y AUGUST 27, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE CA T ISLAND S CE NES OF T H E D EV AS TA T ION AFTER THE S T ORM RIPS THR OUG H C A T IS L AN D PHO TOS/FELIPE MAJO R
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDA Y AUGUST 26/SA TURDA Y AUGUST 27, 201 1, P AGE 13 By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org RES IDENT S w ho se h omes were d estro yed b y H u r ri c a n e I r en e b eg an p i c k i n g u p t h e p i ec es of their lives yesterday, sifting through debris an d rep ai ri n g ro o fs in a d es p er at e b i d t o re tu r n to normalcy. The Tribune toured portions of Cat island yesterday with a team led by area MP Philip Br a v e D a v is a nd fou nd doz e ns of hom e s e it her l ef t u ni nhabit a ble, de st roy e d or w ith significant roof damage. Mr Davis said Irene caused millions of dol lars in damage to the island and has trauma tised the nearly 1,800 inhabitants. T h ere w as n o p o we r o n th e i s la n d u p t o 8p m last night. Snapped power lines and downed poles littered the streets making it difficult to manoeuvre around significant portions of the island. M y st ov e g one fr i dg e g o ne e v e r y t hi ng gone," said Doreen Farrington, a resident of The Lot in Orange Creek. T h e u n e m p l o ye d mo t h e r s p en t s e ve r al f r i g h t f ul ho ur s hol e d up in he r f r ie nd 's h om e a s I re n e ripp e d throug h the two-s to r y wood e n s tr u ct u re, tak i n g w it h it a p or t io n o f t h e h o u se's eastern wall. Sh a t tere d g l a s s, po rtio n s o f th e h ome's ro of a n d o t h e r h o u s e h o l d d e b r i s w e r e s t r e w n ar ou n d th e p ro per ty wh en Th e T rib u n e v i s i t e d ye ste rday Mira culously, Ms Fa rring ton a n d the other two people in the home during the storm were not seriously hurt. She was just one of dozens of residents on that isla nd who w er e try ing to sort through the damage left behind by Irene and salvage precious personal belongings. Many also complained that food and water t h ey h ad st o red wa s was h ed away b y t o rre nt i al rain and storm surges. "I t w as ve r y h e ar t w a rm i n g t o s ee t h a t d es p i t e all of t h e ph y sic a l da ma g es we d id no t lose any lives," Mr Davis told The Tribune at the end of yesterday's assessment. "T h e p h ysi c al d a mage i s s u b s tan t i al . W h at i s c o n c er n i n g i s n o t j u s t t h e p h ys i c a l re s t o r a t i o n . but the hurricane was a traumatic experi ence. A number of persons on the island are still in a daze from what they experienced". M r D a v i s a l o n g w i t h P L P l e a d e r P e r r y Christie, plan to return to Cat Island and visit Rum Ca y Sa n Sa lv ador, Acklins a nd othe r islands hurt by the tropical cyclone. D A VIS: IRENE C A USED MILLI ONS OF DOLL AR S IN D AMA G ES T O C A T ISL A ND KENRICA Curtis holds her son yesterday during the clean up.
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 14, FRIDA Y AUGUST 26/SA TURDA Y AUGUST 27, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE NEW PROVIDENCE SC ENES OF THE DEV AS T AT ION LEFT BE HI ND BY HURRIC ANE IRENE THIS W EE K. PHOT OS/ FELIPE MA J OR BAY STREET PATRICK LEROY ROXBURY UNDER GREGORY S ARCH, MARKET STREET
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDA Y AUGUST 26/SA TURDA Y AUGUST 27, 201 1, P AGE 15 STRAW MARKET, BAY STREET PATRICK LEROY ROXBURY STRAW MARKET, BAY STREET
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