Category Archives: Natural disasters

the aftermath of hurricane maria

(continued from our hurricane maria experience…) It was easy to feel a bit overconfident after the massive category five Hurricane Irma skirted the island.  cAt three days without electricity and four without water, it was easily the longest outage we had to endure to that point.  However, even on the

hurricanes in puerto rico

our hurricane maria experience

Visiting family in San Antonio this August we happened to be in town as Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast.  Water disappeared from grocery store shelves with local TV stations warning that “the worst was yet to come”.  My dad and the boys were glued

line for water after hurricane maria

day 9 of the aftermath

(Below is an update I drafted for friends and family while waiting for an internet connection) I imagine there are crews working 12 hour shifts to repair the massive devastation left in Maria’s wake. However, here on the ground, in the part of Puerto Rico

lightning puerto rico

frightening lightning in puerto rico

While holed up during a particularly noisy thunderstorm in San Antonio, Holly and I spoke reassuring words of comfort to our boys: “At least we won’t have to deal with lightning in Puerto Rico”. Boy were we ever wrong!  Holly lived in Hawaii (Oahu) for 7 years growing up and can’t remember a single

reminder of the risk of tsunami

reminder of the risk of tsunami

Nearly 100 years ago a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Puerto Rico sent 20 foot waves onshore, destroying coastal villages and resulting in 40 deaths.  One of the most unique places to visit on this side of the island, which also happens to also serve as a stark reminder

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