# General Discussion

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Major damage for thousands of people along the south coast as well as Portland in the NE, The worst hit parishes are Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth which has been devastated. So far we know about three deaths.

All I had was a lack of internet and cable service. We did not even lose power which is amazing given that 65% of the island has no power.

Water has been on and off.

It is mostly coastal folks who have lost everything and I mean everything. Apparently the worst of Bertha hit our beloved St Elizabeth (St Bess) , Manchester and Clarendon while coming real close to the rest of us along the South Coast.

Haven’t been able to speak with a really close friend in St Bess - everything is down including homes, lots of roofs.

Island wide it isn’t as bad as Gilbert, but don’t say that to thousands on the coast.

Thanks for all the good thoughts. Love DU

Now to see if you locked up the monster while I was gone.

I see that you removed the British scumbags.😀

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...first in!

This poor island. Our two major crop producers have been devastated.

...I am so sorry. I've seen the pictures and the reports.

So glad to see you're safe, tho.

#### onecaliberal

(34,593 posts)The devastation is terrible. I feel so sorry for all of them.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)I was surprised that there isn’t more damage even where we are

#### brush

(55,680 posts)😀

#### nolabear

(42,399 posts)What a mess the hard it areas are. I’m so sorry. I’m happy you’re okay and hope it’s weakening continues.

So glad you are safe!

😀

#### Skittles

(155,662 posts)so glad you are back and yes I am so proud of England (my mum was a Brit, her family was Labour all the way)

Thanks

#### Hekate

(92,775 posts)Link to their website:

https://www.directrelief.org/

Here’s the Hurricane Beryl page:

https://www.directrelief.org/2024/07/response-underway-as-hurricane-beryl-cuts-a-devastating-path/

#### Greybnk48

(10,284 posts)Sorry for the others, of course. It's hard to wrap you mind around entire areas being wiped away that were there yesterday. So shocking, be it hurricanes or tornadoes, or wildfires.

Take care.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)as well

been through a few, but never a killer. There's a great book called Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson about the 1900 Galveston hurricane. Happened before there was an effective warning system. suffice to say it was really really bad.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac's_Storm

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

(111,283 posts)Hope everyone recovers down there.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)We’re tough 😀

#### Bev54

(10,905 posts)😀

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(150,867 posts)Glad you could reach out to all of us.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Thanks 😀

#### msongs

(68,617 posts)Funny how people smile with strangers in these disasters 😀

Glad to hear you made it through without major problems!

Sorry to hear about all the damage though. I saw that the eye skimmed the south coast. I hope recovery happens quickly.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)We’re the lucky ones.

😀

#### spanone

(136,848 posts)Phew is right!!!!

❤️

Yuh done know 😀

#### mahina

(18,417 posts)So very good to see you. Thank you for the update and the good news that you are well. Hoping the communities can be OK soon too. Sending you aloha.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Last edited Fri Jul 5, 2024, 07:35 AM - Edit history (1)

In this island. They have an annual reunion with folks from all over the planet who have St Bess links and their families and friends. They will recover,

so dang relieved about you. This big ones spook me

#### pdxflyboy

(694 posts)Glad you’re Okay!!!!!!

😊😀

#### Haggard Celine

(16,941 posts)Hope y'all get through the rest of the year without anymore serious storms. It's still early in the season, so we're probably going to see a lot of people on the East Coast, Caribbean, and Gulf Coast get their turn. I hope your friends are all right, too.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Then I think about many close friends who are in tears now

#### niyad

(116,764 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### usonian

(11,569 posts)Next, the red hats.

including then their bosses, Trumputin and Putrumpkin.

😀😀

#### bluboid

(617 posts)please stay safe - your voice & presence is very important

#### DemocraticPatriot

(5,410 posts)I hope that is pellucidly clear.....

#### Celerity

(45,755 posts)#### multigraincracker

(33,327 posts)More rain coming too!

Just so happy you are safe.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Will find many more local reports later today.

#### Celerity

(45,755 posts)#### ornotna

(10,938 posts)So good to hear from you. Hope the rest of the season is fair winds for you.

#### BadgerMom

(2,883 posts)So sorry to hear about the issues for many others.

#### spooky3

(35,176 posts)Thanks for letting us know.

#### spooky3

(35,176 posts)#### AllaN01Bear

(21,384 posts)😀

#### Bayard

(23,131 posts)Glad to hear you're okay.

Sorry to hear about the ones who are not so much.

#### Silver Gaia

(4,658 posts)I hope you hear from your friend in St Bess soon.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)He has no power and no communications.

#### Stinky The Clown

(68,142 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### LeftInTX

(27,842 posts)She went downhill fast. She went down to a Cat 2 for awhile. Now she's back up to a 3, but she will make landfall tomorrow.

Glad you're safe!

#### OAITW r.2.0

(25,922 posts)They got creamed. Cat 5 over Jamaica....

#### LeftInTX

(27,842 posts)Unfortunately, it didn't happen. Beryl was forecast to be a Cat 1 and travel about 50 miles or so south of Jamaica. Instead it was a Cat 4 with the eye skirting the coast of Jamaica, which is much, much worse.

Jamaica tore up Beryl in the process, so now lives will be spared tomorrow in the Yucatan.

ETA: It's in the process of landfall right now.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### LeftInTX

(27,842 posts)I'm so sorry about the many places with devastation.

#### OAITW r.2.0

(25,922 posts)#### fierywoman

(7,838 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### littlemissmartypants

(23,625 posts)So sorry for all of those suffering. I've seen the destruction first hand in North Carolina.

Unfortunately it is those who have the least who always suffer the most.

It takes lots of fortitude and community love to build back.

And it's so nice to hear from you!

I had worried myself sick once I saw that the path was almost a direct hit for you. Such a great relief to hear from you! Welcome back!

❤️

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)If Beryl to had taken. Gilbert’s path I would not be posting

#### Prof. Toru Tanaka

(2,163 posts)And my best wishes go to Jamaica as the island goes through clean-up and recovery.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Thanks 😀

#### BigmanPigman

(52,128 posts)We can all use a lot of that these days.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Smelvis 😀

#### Hekate

(92,775 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)😀

#### Rhiannon12866

(213,578 posts)And I just dedicated my last news OP to you!
**Hurricane Beryl leaves most of Jamaica without power - CBS News**

https://www.democraticunderground.com/132124075

You’re busy posting videos for us

#### Rhiannon12866

(213,578 posts)#### stage left

(3,002 posts)And the Brits took out the trash. Hope we can do that in November.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### Warpy

(112,344 posts)This is the bit where you think you'll never be dry again. I'm just glad this stinker of a storm wobbled a bit and the worst winds stayed to the south of the island. Still even category 2 winds will make a hell of a mess.

DU as a whole has been wondering about you and will be relieved you checked in so soon.

#### Roy Rolling

(7,050 posts)Weathering a hurricane is not for amateurs. It drags all of us into a war of civilization vs Mother Nature.

Hint: Mother Nature never loses

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)As I sat ina chair in the yard this afternoon I looked up at the blue sky, laughed and said you win again.😀

#### Roy Rolling

(7,050 posts)Seen my share of hurricanes and weeks of living “off the grid” involuntarily. I was wondering what parish you were in, because Jamaica has parishes like Louisiana. I saw your southern island parishes were hit the hardest. When you said “you win” it’s good to know you’re on the side of Mother Nature, otherwise these things make us lose our spirit. Stay safe, DU friend.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)don’t separate Kingston from St Andrew and the postal codes don’t help.

We coasties continue to pay for humans messing with Mother Nature.

Hope you have a mild season.

I’m off to bed 😀

#### dchill

(39,304 posts)#### calimary

(82,977 posts)VERY good to hear from you again!!!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)We expected serious coastal damage.

I had a little inconvenience - thousands weren’t that lucky.

I was supposed to be with family and friends in the US this week. The siblings are pissed😀

#### Hekate

(92,775 posts)Link to their website:

https://www.directrelief.org/

Here’s the Hurricane Beryl page:

https://www.directrelief.org/2024/07/response-underway-as-hurricane-beryl-cuts-a-devastating-path/

Thanks

#### canetoad

(17,564 posts)And unharmed.

Good to go.

Off to bed noe😀

#### Scruffy1

(3,351 posts)Wouldn't be the same DU without you.

😀

#### Bundbuster

(3,852 posts)Hoping that the island recovers with lots of empathy and assistance from good humans everywhere.

Long ago my house and I took a direct eye hit from a Cat 4 with scary destruction, and it's definitely traumatic. Rest up and stay well my friend.

.....

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Welcome back, Malaise.

#### elias7

(4,116 posts)😀

#### iluvtennis

(20,261 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### Judi Lynn

(161,561 posts)Stunned hearing from the news video you included that the island will be getting a couple of days with rain immediately!

Thank you, so much, for knowing so many people at DU would be haunting General Discussion waiting to find out if you had made it safely through the hurricane. Really great you've contacted your many, many followers at what must be a wildly busy time in Jamaica. You've said what we needed to hear!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)We don’t need more rain but better that than another system.

Thanks sis ,hi:

#### BlueMTexpat

(15,427 posts)And yes, the UK scumbags are officially out of office!

But we in Europe are still hoping for a block of the RRW takeover of France! God forbid! A recent poll shows that is possible, but still ... white knuckles here!

https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2024/07/04/frances-far-right-unlikely-to-secure-majority-in-second-round-of-elections-poll-reveals

From the link:

The forecast shows that the RN and its allies are likely to obtain between 190 and 220 seats. Meanwhile, the centre-right Republicans (LR) — who have allied with Le Pen — were projected to win between 30 and 50 seats.

This outcome would likely prevent the possibility of a far-right minority government supported by part of the LR parliamentary group.

...

Unfortunately, in the US, tsf is still breathing! Waiting for Karma is like waiting for Godot!

VOTE BLUE at EVERY LEVEL!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)I have a nephew and his wife in Paris. They are very worried.

Fight people fight.😝

#### BlueMTexpat

(15,427 posts)You are and have always been one of my absolute DU faves!

So glad to hear that you are safe. So many others are less fortunate.

And it's just the beginning of the season!

😀

#### democrank

(11,177 posts)Sorry about all the devastation.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Worried about my friends with no power or communications

#### gademocrat7

(10,862 posts)Hoping there will be relief for people who were affected by the storm.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)St Bess, Man Hester and. Large don are in really bad shape.

#### Lochloosa

(16,235 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Truthfully Imrxpected to lose power for days. Can’t figure out how we have power when 65% of the island has none. Lots of,folks have no water either.

#### hlthe2b

(104,044 posts)I find it beyond devastating that climate change has brought us to this--the intensity of a nearly unheard-of July hurricane. I really don't know what to say except my thoughts and intense regrets are with all.

You nailed the problem

I’m sure this will be a very bad season. I may not be this lucky next time

#### HipChick

(25,488 posts)I enjoyed watching his resignation speech this morning

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)was ugly on steroids.

St Bess mash up big time girl. Good to see you.

#### HipChick

(25,488 posts)I was looking at that dress, wondering what da hell she was wearing..

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)A

and she didn’t even try to fake a smile😀

#### babylonsister

(171,320 posts)happy to see you again, and that you escaped the worst! xoxoxo

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Phew!

#### marble falls

(59,671 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Last edited Fri Jul 5, 2024, 02:00 PM - Edit history (1)

#### HeartsCanHope

(195 posts)Thanks for letting all of us know you're okay. Also glad you didn't sustain any damage. I will be thinking of the people on St. Bess.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### GoCubsGo

(32,568 posts)I'm glad you're okay. I hope your friend is, as well.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)I know he’ s alive but he’s already dealing with some sick senior relatives.

Thanks

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Minor damage

#### GoCubsGo

(32,568 posts)Thanks for the update. Glad he's okay, and came out of it relatively unscathed.

#### samnsara

(17,943 posts)..makes me 'kinda' happy i live in the boring Pacific Northwest

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)That battering.

Thanks

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)It was severe in other areas.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)😀

#### Historic NY

(37,634 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### Maeve

(42,592 posts)#### Niagara

(8,526 posts)The devastation of Beryl's path is frightening to see videos in places such as Union Island.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)As bad as things are here, we were lucky. If Kingston and St Andrew took a direct hit, it would be much worse.

Thanks

#### BumRushDaShow

(135,088 posts)and malaise even stronger!!!!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Election result soon. That would be strong.

#### BumRushDaShow

(135,088 posts)#### tavernier

(12,727 posts)dear friend. As much as we appreciate the blessings of living in tropical paradise, there are prices to pay. I lost my home to Irma, yet wouldn’t dream of leaving this little island.

Glad to have you back! Now to make it through the rest of the season.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)We learn to be resilient

#### I_UndergroundPanther

(12,760 posts)Hurricane intact because DU would not be the same without you.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### KY_EnviroGuy

(14,552 posts)So glad to hear you're OK and your entire country will be in our hearts and minds during the recovery. So many people hurting around the world right now, yet the wealthy keep building more 100 meter yachts.

Will be looking for ways to contribute to help your compatriots in need.......

#### malaise

(272,907 posts),

#### bdamomma

(64,789 posts)I'm so glad you are okay. Portland that's where my husband and I got married. Please be well and safe and now the recovery starts.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)The original home of jerk pork and jerk chicken.

#### Lonestarblue

(10,825 posts)I hope the international community helps with the rebuilding. I’m sure much will be needed.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Eastern. Ari bean.

#### MiHale

(10,291 posts)One of the most awaited DU posts in its history.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Is heading for prison 😀

Thanks

#### YoshidaYui

(42,141 posts)You are an amazing contributor to DU and we would miss you! Hugs!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### GiqueCee

(1,029 posts)... to the long list of those happy to learn you're alive and well! At least, as well as can be expected under such circumstances.

Everyone here will gladly contribute to relief funds as their situations allow, but what can we do to help *you*?

#### CrispyQ

(37,191 posts)#### Fla Dem

(24,768 posts)My heart goes out to all those who have lost everything.

#### AmBlue

(3,271 posts)And internet restored. My heart goes out to those dealing with the devastation.

Mine too - going to try and make contact with my St Bess brethren

#### marmar

(77,555 posts).... Big love to the people of St. Elizabeth and the other hard-hit areas. One of my greatest experiences in Jamaica was driving around St. Elizabeth and the South Coast, stopping at the little roadside markets, checking out Black River.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Thanks 😀

#### orangecrush

(20,602 posts)Very welcome!

Glad you're back and safe!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### highplainsdem

(50,607 posts)I feel so sorry for all of those hit harder by that monster storm. Hope you can reach your friend in St. Bess soon.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### virgdem

(2,164 posts)unscathed. As a survivor of 7 typhoons while we were stationed in Guam, I know what you experienced. Stay safe. You are an important voice on DU.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### magicarpet

(15,174 posts)I'm sending them your way.

Your safe and sound,.. CHEERS !

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)😀

#### debm55

(27,945 posts)😀

#### Melon

(129 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Thanks

#### greatauntoftriplets

(176,289 posts)I hope that your friends in the hard-hit areas are alive and well. Houses can be rebuilt.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Finally made contact

Thanks

#### DinahMoeHum

(22,113 posts)And on a lighter note, looks like Larry The Cat has a new lodger at 10 Downing Street (UK)

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Starmer is a good guy

#### Evolve Dammit

(17,544 posts)Best Malaise,

ED

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### CanonRay

(14,530 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Cooking again😀

#### MineralMan

(146,695 posts)Worried about others in Jamaica, though.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### blogslug

(38,282 posts)It’s raining again - just a tropical2@/3 this time but it must be delaying recovery for those with serious damage and no power

#### Rocknation

(44,688 posts)And let the benefit concerts begin!!!!

**Rocknation**

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)St Ann escaped the worst.

#### CaptainTruth

(6,921 posts)So sorry for those who are suffering.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Unbelievable.

#### evolves

(5,432 posts)#### Mr.Bill

(24,509 posts)Good to hear from you. Take care of yourself, first, then help others as you can.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Lots of folks in need

#### Ilsa

(61,905 posts)#### PatSeg

(49,349 posts)People were getting worried!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Far enough from the coast and not high up in the hills 😀

#### Bluethroughu

(5,519 posts)#### Bluethroughu

(5,519 posts)and have internet available.

#### llmart

(15,956 posts)DU was so worried about you since you are an ever-present voice on our site. Glad to hear you're back and OK. I lived through hurricane Hugo in North Carolina in 1989. We were without power for two weeks. The worse thing about living through a hurricane is the sound of that god-awful wind. Whenever we have an extremely windy storm, I still get nervous and I don't even live in hurricane country any longer.

P.S. I sure hope someone is going to help the cleanup with some paper towels. I've heard that's the answer to surviving a hurricane.

Things will be hard for many on the island.

#### Cyrano

(15,185 posts)the families who lost loved ones.

But it's good to hear that you are safe. DU wouldn't be DU without you.

On the other hand listening to the noisy young folks who weren’t around for Gilbert bawling about lack of access to the internet is almost laughable.

#### Vinca

(50,585 posts)#### Upthevibe

(8,598 posts)I'm soooooooooooooooo glad you're okay!

I was absolutely sending good vibes your way.........

#### malthaussen

(17,434 posts)... better build it back up for the next one! Glad the hurricane decided to ignore you.

-- Mal

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)a nice safe neighborhood that trims trees and keeps things simple

#### dlk

(11,915 posts)And glad you're back.

#### dlk

(11,915 posts)#### KS Toronado

(18,430 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### ancianita

(37,308 posts)Glad you're okay, and can help your loved ones, friends & neighbors. Keep the coffee on, it's medicine.

Saw the NOAA map, thank heavens you're alive. I'm so sorry others are suffering, really hope for island improvements - like moving a little more away from the coast - that might(?) keep more folks safe the rest of this godawful season cuz Beryl's just a warmup. If possible please get to the states before the next one.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Thanks 😀

#### ProfessorGAC

(67,221 posts)And, glad you're back.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### Nictuku

(3,744 posts)Having a mother who lived through Hurricane Iwa (1982) AND Iniki (1992 - which wiped out her hair salon in Hanalei) in Kauai, I am aware of the long road ahead getting everything working again. This is when you see actual Community and Brotherly Love. Mom's situation after Iniki was bad, there was a newborn who lived with her, the mothers milk dried up, and there was NO WHERE to get formula. The community came together and solved the problems for their neighbors. The only silver lining when Mother Nature is done with her shit fit.

Stay safe. Keep the Love (Aloha) alive!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Thanks

#### LuvLoogie

(7,296 posts)#### peggysue2

(11,163 posts)Sorry to hear about the damage elsewhere. The pics from the coastal regions look really bad with more rain in the forecast.

Continue to hunker down and stay safe!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Thanks

#### diva77

(7,880 posts)#### senseandsensibility

(18,735 posts)So glad you're safe!

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Mere inconvenience - others need help - some will never recover

Thanks

#### senseandsensibility

(18,735 posts)and to keep things in perspective. Sending good vibes to all the people impacted!

#### Iris

(15,841 posts)#### crickets

(26,135 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Everytime I write kick for visibility I say to myself where is crickets😀

#### crickets

(26,135 posts)My heart is with you all as Jamaica goes through the cleanup after this storm. Stay strong, stay safe.

#### mountain grammy

(26,928 posts)Been thinking of you for days. So glad you’re ok. My 💙 to beautiful Jamaica 🇯🇲

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### Marcus IM

(3,001 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)A search and rescue operation is now under way to find 11 fishermen who have been reported missing since Tuesday.

The JDF is reporting that the fishermen left the Cow Bay area in St Andrew for the Morant Cays in three canoe-type vessels on Saturday, June 29, 2024 and were expected to return on Tuesday.

When the vessels and fishermen failed to arrive and efforts to reach them proved futile, the JDF was contacted yesterday to begin search and rescue operations.

Then we have stupid deaths like a young man jumping into an ‘in spate’ gully to retrieve a football. A young girl in a group was swimming at a beach yesterday and the young man who tried to rescue her also drowned. Who takes children to the beach the day after a major hurricane.

#### liberalla

(9,582 posts)Thank goodness you're back! Sounds like you fared pretty well... But... gulp, gulp...
* How did you survive without internet and cable ???*

#### GPV

(72,800 posts)Lots of rain since afternoon

Must be hell for those with damaged homes.

Should stop and start until Sunday. Just a tropical wave this time around.

#### TBF

(32,927 posts)#### MuseRider

(34,285 posts)That is some storm.

So much devestation in some of my favorite places in the world but I am most happy that you are still with us. So scary. All I could think of was the sound of strong wind over the ocean. Many HUGE HUGS to you. Spread 'em out as you can, I am sure there are many who need them. Stay safe.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)As a Cat2

Lots of water

#### TNNurse

(7,020 posts)We need you. Always grateful to see your posts.

Glad to be back

#### LeftishBrit

(41,258 posts)We are glad to have given our Tory government its marching orders after 14 years. But worried about what's happening next door.in France,

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)What a whipping

#### KarenS

(4,352 posts)I am so glad you're back ~ safe & sound.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)Lots of other folks are picking up up the pieces.

#### soldierant

(7,487 posts)My jaw is dropping as I watch the devastation in St Bess

#### barbtries

(29,092 posts)for letting us know you're okay. I wish y'all were okay!

re: UK election. This was a big fuck you to the Brexit crowd. My hope is that the SC's overreach with stripping women of their rights and re-crowning a king in a country that was founded on the premise of "of, for, and by the people" will carry us through November.

#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### samplegirl

(11,761 posts)#### malaise

(272,907 posts)#### Phentex

(16,353 posts)so happy you are okay!