SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR.

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@Kandae11 (40358)
September 9, 2017 3:45pm CST
According to a report from the British Virgin Islands- a navy ship sent by the government of the United kingdom to assist residents of that hurricane ravaged island is there waiting offshore because it cannot dock. The dock was destroyed during Irma's rampage some days ago. And one of the very sad things about the current situation on the BVI., is that with communication installations knocked out - most residents are unaware that hurricane Jose will soon be impacting the island. Any news trickling in from the outside world is being spread by word of mouth. Technology still has some ways to go to ensure that during disasters like these a communication blackout is not inevitable.
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@bluesa (15214)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Sep 17
Oh no, that is just so freaking horrible, that they don't know another hurricane is heading their way, unless some other way has been found to get that information out. It just shows that no matter how advanced mankind thinks it is, nature rules.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
It is horrible. Our newsroom has a contact on the island who managed to get through using his cellphone and by standing in a particular spot. He also said supermarkets are being looted for food and water. What I can't understand is that they are also looting electronic stores.
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@bluesa (15214)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Sep 17
@Kandae11 , looting? They decide that now with all that happened that looting is what they should be doing? I don't understand some people, truly. I hope that everyone will know that Jose is headed their way so that they can try to survive it. Though yes, the irony of looting electronic stores
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
@bluesa It is amazing. I have no idea where they plan to hide those looted items - and it is my belief that the looters are mainly those who are unaware of Jose's approach.
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@DianneN (88396)
• United States
9 Sep 17
That is terrible news all around. Those poor people!
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
It is bad.
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@DianneN (88396)
• United States
9 Sep 17
@Kandae11 I know. We've been seeing that on CNN and other stations. Are you ok?????
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
@DianneN Yes I am, we did get lightning and thunder when Irma passed in the vicinity, the only problem encountered was lightning knocking out the air traffic control system at the major airport - so flights in and out are canceled for now..
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• Peoria, Arizona
10 Sep 17
My goodness, there is nothing worse than being left in the dark, not knowing what is going to happen. Those poor people.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
Thankfully the forecasters now say that Jose is not expected to make landfall there. That would have been really too much - after all the damage Irma caused.
• Peoria, Arizona
10 Sep 17
@Kandae11 I hope it stays that way, I haven't looked at any forecasts as of late.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
@DesirousDreamer thankfully it has.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
10 Sep 17
I hope they can reach the island soon and help these people. Sounds like they need a lot of help right now.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
Thankfully, Jose decided not to make landfall.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
11 Sep 17
@Kandae11 Excellent news and glad to hear this.
@just4him (129028)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Sep 17
That's terrible the ship can't get to them. I hope they figure out something soon.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
I am sure they will.
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@just4him (129028)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Sep 17
@vandana7 (68723)
• India
9 Sep 17
Yes indeed. Once the communication lines break down, it is really difficult to send message across. But hey, what are morse codes for. Light can be used to communicate it. As far as hurricane Jose is concerned, I think they know...
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
Or they will know - when it gets there. A big problem with large hurricanes and small islands is that the islanders have nowhere to escape - they cannot drive to another state - the hurricane is bigger than the island.
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@vandana7 (68723)
• India
9 Sep 17
@Kandae11 .. How true...we too have a few islands, and their fate is similar.
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@LadyDuck (183352)
• Switzerland
10 Sep 17
I am not surprised, I have seen the photos of the ravaged Islands and I was wondering how they can bring help there.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
A truly awful situation.
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@acelawrites (12558)
• Philippines
10 Sep 17
Are there no radios/TV to spread the news? I hope they will be safe from the hurricane.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
Communication lines were knocked out by hurricane Irma.
@TRBRocks420 (84694)
• Banks, Oregon
10 Sep 17
Very sad they couldn't dock.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
I hope the situation has changed for the better.
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@Freelanzer (9497)
• Canada
10 Sep 17
You would think they would have a way to reach the Island dock or no dock, but just goes to show we are still behind on some things and the smaller countries are the ones that suffer the most.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
You got that right.
@Deepizzaguy (15575)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
10 Sep 17
What the people in that neck of the woods not having any way of knowing that Hurricane Jose is coming reminds me of the story that is on the Weather Channel about the infamous hurricane that struck Galveston in the early 1900s that killed a huge number of the population since there is no way of warning the people in Galveston a hurricane was coming their way.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
10 Sep 17
One would hardly expect that sort of communication problem in 2017. The good news is Jose is not expected to make landfall.
@YrNemo (14768)
9 Sep 17
Guess radio is still OK to use? I read of a Norwegian cruise named Escape with several thousand cruisers, is now floating close to Florida but trying its best to avoid Irma. Don't know what to think...
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
I don't know either - the waters in that region will be very rough.
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@andriaperry (61520)
• Anniston, Alabama
9 Sep 17
Josh had cell phone service and was changing it with his jeep, I called and told him that Jose was coming. He is next door on ST. Thomas VI.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
I don't think Jose will make landfall on any of the islands, but there will still be strong winds and surf.
@thelme55 (15258)
• Germany
9 Sep 17
OH my God! That is horrible. I hope the people can keep themselves safe.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
9 Sep 17
It is awful what is happening there. I heard that not one light pole was left standing!
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