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Hurricane Season

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First there was Gustav, then Hanna and now Ike. To be glib, they sound like a sixties doo wop band, unfortunately they are not. These are hurricanes, some of the worst to hit the region or so we keep saying. Every year we talk about the worst hurricanes, how they get more and more powerful, the havoc they wreak greater than the last.  Have we wondered why the hurricanes are getting worse, because this does not seem like an accident of nature. Or if it is, what might be causing this “accident”. 

Scientists have been tracking weather phenomenon for centuries, from all evidence, it would appear that the world’s weather patterns are changing, as a result of man’s incursions on the environment. Seems Mother Nature isn’t as forgiving as well all hoped.  And that’s the rub. 

Poorer nations will always pay the price for the ambitions of the more powerful. And so, while Florida battens down, Haiti is still suffering. The Turks and Caicos are reeling, most of the houses on Grand Turk damaged.  Cuba, still being pounded as I write this. We in Trinidad are lucky, we’ve not been hit by a major hurricane, but we too feel the effects. The flooding, the high winds and trees falling down, blocked roads, loss of power and water.  But still, we don’t suffer as our neighbours do. 

So tonight, as we all say thanks to the Universe that we are okay in Trinidad, spare a thought to our Caribbean brothers and sisters who are trying to pick up their lives after the onslaught of the hurricanes. The season still has several months to run, and we are all still at risks so be prepared for anything. And remember too, our responsibility to the environment or else the environment might remind us in a big way.

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Written by coffeewallah

September 7, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. […] base of the Caribbean archipelago, outside of the hurricane zone, also had bloggers weighing in. Coffeewallah thought the combination of Gustav, Hanna and Ike sounded “like a sixties doo wop band; […]

  2. We are truly lucky here in Trinidad and Tobago but for how long, our luck may run out one day. When that day comes will we be prepared? Two mm of rain falls, and Port of Spain floods and much is to be said about Central; people playin’ water polo now. No real plans are set in place for this type of calamity. I shudder to think what will happen if a hurricane do decide to take an unexpected turn on our tail. All I can say is AB, see for yourself!

    raz3125

    September 12, 2008 at 9:50 pm


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