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OldTart
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The 19th anniversary today but it seems like yesterday - and how so many of our lives were so turned upside down and inside out still gives me goosebumps. May the Sahara Dust continue to dull our skies in the summer months and the prevailing winds steer the monsters away from us for many years to come!

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Topic starter Posted : September 15, 2014 6:45 pm
Alana33
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Amen to that.

I, too, thought about Hurricane Marilyn today and was grateful for a lovely day! I will think about our 1st big, completely devastating storm on the18th/Hugo which is on my sister's birthday. Instead of a party eveyone was boarding up and huddling in closets. I was on a 65 ft. Sport fishing boat in the mangroves in Culebra for that one and praying we'd stay afloat.

Let's just keep our fingers crossed for Sahara Dust and continued hot air masses between us and the African coast.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 7:33 pm
noOne
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I remember Hugo. I was in the STT jail for a period of time, and got bailed out on the 17th, went to a friends house which was an old Frenchi house, downed a bottle of rum and passed out for most of the storm.

The next day I became a roofer.

I clearly remember the National Guard being called in to control the population.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 8:20 pm
OldTart
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I clearly remember the National Guard being called in to control the population.

The National Guard is called in to assist in recovery after major disasters, not to "control the population".

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Topic starter Posted : September 15, 2014 8:56 pm
speee1dy
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as i understand it on stx, the national guard did have to control the population.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 9:00 pm
Alana33
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The was considerable looting in STX after Hugo and the NG was called in for that reason as I recall.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 9:32 pm
OldTart
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as i understand it on stx, the national guard did have to control the population.

They didn't come in for that specific reason and that (helping control - along with local law enforcement - some initial looting and enforcing curfew) was a very minor part of all that they did.

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Topic starter Posted : September 15, 2014 9:32 pm
Alana33
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Don't you remember store owners on their roof-tops with guns to keep looters away?
Wasn't Bert Bryan involved in some looting himself back then/1989.
25 yrs. is a long time to remember all but the most significant details.

The Old Grand Union here in Lockhart Plaza/STT was also looted.The place was a mess as no-one had ever seen a storm like Hugo, previously. Then came Marilyn in 95 and Hugo didn't seem as to be the worst one any longer. They were both horrendous and don't let anyone tell you differently.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 9:40 pm
CruzanIron
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I remember having to control the population with my gun. Worked damn well.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 9:44 pm
OldTart
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The looting on STX after Hugo was worse than the looting on STT in Marilyn but was relatively short lived.

I guess you could describe the STT Grand Union "looting" right after Marilyn (not Hugo) as being such but I had a clear view down to it. The whole steel building had simply buckled and fallen down when one of the mini but lethal tornadoes basically flew right through it. People were just picking up foodstuffs from the debris and it was totally non-violent. Although police officers were there they just let people pick up what they wanted as long as they didn't go diving into the debris and potentially hurting themselves. I probably would have gone down there myself were I able to get down my driveway but that adventure was a few days of machete-hacking away!

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Topic starter Posted : September 15, 2014 11:02 pm
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Posted : September 16, 2014 6:57 am
rosesisland
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I remember Marilyn well. Got big hole in roof that forced me to move. Moved next door to the man I am married to now! Guess that in a way, Marilyn turned out good for me!

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Posted : September 16, 2014 10:44 am
speee1dy
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everything i hear about hugo was bad on stx. armed men on plaza to protect their establishments. i know one person who had been interviewed saying how bad it was and to send help asap. i know someone whose store was looted and their dogs killed. they still get teary eyed about this.

i personally have no first hand knowledge. but all the reports i hear are chaos until the ng arrived to help control things

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Posted : September 16, 2014 12:01 pm
Alana33
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The Baja Penninsula is going to remember Sept. 15th, 2014 as well.
Hurricane Odile just devastated them. The pictures shown of this Cat. 3 storm are a of horrendous damage and a reminder to all of us of how lucky we have been so far and the long road to recovery for them. Their major airport is reported closed until Oct. 18 and smaller ones won't be able to open for at least a week,

The pictures brought back not so fond memories of both Hugo and Marilyn.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 12:28 pm
islandjoan
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Here's an article I found online about the aftermath of Hugo on STX, National Guard, looting, etc....

Washington Post article

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Posted : September 16, 2014 12:48 pm
Alana33
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Thanks for posting that islandjoan.
Quite the eye-opener and a reminder of what was and what could be again.
Interestingly enough, even tho Hurricane Odile has caused similar destruction in the Baja
Penninsula, there are no reports of looting there.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 1:14 pm
toninski
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Alana33

If you were to look further, there has been extensive looting in Cabo. Tons of pictures posted all over the news sites. It is a sad situation when people take advantage of their neighbors and community.

Just letting you know, as we have many friends in Cabo, and the devastation is bad enough, then the looting to top it off.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 5:23 pm
Alana33
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Sorry, I didn't see those reports.I stand corrected. It is a blow to any community when people will take advantage of such desvastation. Can you post any of the links?

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Posted : September 16, 2014 6:06 pm
Dante
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Sorry, I didn't see those reports.I stand corrected. It is a blow to any community when people will take advantage of such desvastation. Can you post any of the links?

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/aftermath-hurricane-odile-sparks-looting-storms-wake-n204556

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/15/us-storm-odile-idUSKBN0H90NV20140915

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/hurricane-odile-sparks-looting-floods-highways-strands-visitors-article-1.1941065

http://www.newsweek.com/looting-and-damage-baja-hurricane-odile-weakens-270929

Very Sad to see the looting. I am sure there are equal reports of people coming together to help as well.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 6:25 pm
speee1dy
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that was some article. disgusting. Isnt the one bryant the one that killed his sob?

it is sad that people would take from others livelihoods just to have a little bit more. and why wasnt chuckys name in the article.

just plain disgusting. my co workers dog was killed by looters and for what?

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Posted : September 16, 2014 6:54 pm
OldTart
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Topic starter Posted : September 16, 2014 7:21 pm
JohnnyU
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Back to Marilyn

It was my first experience with a hurricane. Very thankful that our landlords let us stay at their place. While our house was relatively unscathed our neighbors lost their roof.

Really eerie going out in the eye to survey the damage and watching the storm roll up for round 2

Also night time after the storm with a lack of power made the islands look a lot different at night.

Living off a 1.5kW genset (Thankful for that) was interesting

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Posted : September 16, 2014 7:37 pm
islandjoan
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Here's an article I found about Hurricane Marilyn.
NY Times article Hurricane Marilyn

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Posted : September 16, 2014 8:29 pm
noOne
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Posted : September 16, 2014 8:42 pm
RandyNTaj
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I'm preparing a media piece on the anniversary of Marilyn and Hugo. If you have something you'd like to relay for consideration in the piece- I can start a new thread, or you can PM me. Thank you, it's valuable information and insight for all who are new to the islands and haven't endured what a storm of that magnitude can do.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 9:36 pm
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