Whats Open & Closed Post Hurricane Irma

Post Hurricane Irma Island Status

This is an update of the Caribbean Islands that were hit by Hurricane Irma.  As relief efforts are underway, clean up has begun, many are wondering what about us cruisers, are we able to go to any of the hit areas and if we do what do we expect.   Well below is a list of the current status of the Islands hit my Hurricane Irma, as reported by the Washington Post.    For the full article and more information click this link:   Post Irma-Washington Post.
Boats scattered post hurricane harvey
Boats Scattered on beach in Key West FL
In Key West, Fla., boats litter a beach after Hurricane Irma struck. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Caribbean

● Anguilla:

The airport has resumed service. Good prognosis for several of the major hotels and resorts.

● Antigua:

The airport is open and electricity has been restored in the capital of St. John’s and most parts of the island. Businesses are operating, including most excursions. No structural damage to hotels; limited flooding. Beach cleanup is in progress.

●The Bahamas:

The Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama airports are open. The Port of Nassau is expected to welcome cruise ships midweek. Properties including Atlantis, Warwick Paradise Island and Sandals Emerald Bay on Great Exuma are ready for guests.

●Barbuda:

Massive damage to homes (90 percent), hotels and tourism infrastructure. Not ready for visitors.

●British Virgin Islands:

Widespread damage on Tortola and Virgin Gorda, which has ordered a 6 a.m.-to-9 p.m. curfew. Not ready for visitors.

●Cuba:

Power is returning in many areas of the island. Some flooding in Havana, including the neighborhoods of Vedado and Centro Habana, but water is receding. Destinations such as Vinales, Soroa, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa are operating as normal, though some excursions, such as hikes to waterfalls, may remain closed for a few more days.

●Dominican Republic:

Airports are open, as are hotels and businesses.

●Puerto Rico:

Port and airport are open. The majority of mainland hotels and resorts are back in service. Cleanup efforts are taking place at parks and beaches.

● St. Barts:

Saint-Jean Airport and the port are open, and the 25 Quarter restaurant and bar is serving cocktails. The star-studded Eden Roc is delaying its usual October reopening, due to damage.

●St. Martin :

Extensive destruction. Not ready for tourists.

●St. Kitts and Nevis:

Doing well.

●Turks and Caicos:

The Providenciales airport has resumed flights. Several of the island’s top resorts, such as the Sands at Grace Bay and the Shore Club, plan to reopen by the end of the month. Cruise ships are returning to the port on Grand Turk Island. South Caicos Island suffered significant damage.

●U.S. Virgin Islands:

St. Croix, which reopened its airport last week, avoided serious damage, but its sister islands weren’t so lucky. The U.S. Virgin Islands’ tourism office is “requesting the postponement of all scheduled visits to St. Thomas and St. John.” CheapCaribbean.com notes that all hotels on St. Thomas and St. John are closed through Sept. 30.

Florida

●Most Sunshine State destinations are fully or partially up and running, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Walt Disney World theme parks — with the exception of Water Parks, which will reopen later this week. The Florida Keys, however, are closed. The tourism office requests visitors postpone trips to the islands but expects to open in time for Fantasy Fest in Key West on Oct. 20.

4Winds Week 5- Post Hurricane Harvey

Starboard side after painting
Starboard side after painting

Arrival to 4Winds

We arrived back to our boat just days following Harvey’s rampage on the Houston and South Texas area to find 4Winds still sitting on her stands.  Immediately I opened her up to see if she took on any water from the massive 51″ of rain that fell.

Mold

On getting 4Winds opened up I found very little standing water in her, but sure enough mold had started to form. Orange mold primarily.  With nearly a week of 100% Humidity the air saturated with moisture from Hurricane Harvey, and 4winds being closed up, there were areas of the new unpainted untreated wood starting to mold.

What do we do?

The only thing I could think to do was to go straight to Home Depot, get cleaning supplies, and Kilz paint.

I masked up and dove in.  Getting the formation of mold out was difficult but a success I do believe.   Once cleaned up a de-humidifier was set up, fans a blowing and all port holes and vents opened, time to dry out.  Once the humidity level was down to apx 45% in the air we started painting Kilz.   By the time we finished we were beat.

Next Morning

The following morning we got started with our final interior paint.   A White Semi Gloss.  We got 4Winds painted in her entirety.

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She is looking great.  Then the next several days consisted of all 120v Electrical, Water lines connected to water tanks, water fill thru hulls installed, water pump installed, stained and hung cabinet doors, and some 12v electrical to include power meter and battery.   4Winds will have a total of 4 Deep Cycle Marine Batteries, which may be increased to 6 in the future.

Summery

4Winds interior got expedited into overdrive and is ready for trim, formica on the rest of the cabinets. Hardwood flooring, completion of the V-berth woodwork, carpet on all hull fiberglass that is exposed, oh and still have to complete the head/shower which includes the plumbing for both.

Starboard side after painting
Starboard side after painting

We won’t make any progress on 4Winds in October, as a new Grand Baby is due this month and a road trip to Arkansas is in order to see her.  But Kathie did stay at the boat to do what she can to continue with progress.   Also our son Owen is there to help where he can.  So we will be back in full force for a week in November to hopefully swing the engine in and get some of this other work done.

Splash is only 6 Months away!