Hurricane Maria leaves Dominica devastated

| 19/09/2017 | 55 Comments
Cayman News Service

Hurricane Maria, 5am Tuesday 19 September

(CNS): Category 5 Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica last night, and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said on Facebook, “Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace.” Maria is now heading to the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where it is expected to hit as a dangerous category 4 or possibly 5 hurricane.

A hurricane warning from the National Hurricaen Center remains in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Antigua And Barbuda, Saba And St Eustatius, St Maarten, Anguilla, St Lucia and Martinique.

According to the NHC, Maria will affect portions of the northern Leeward Islands as an extremely dangerous major hurricane during the next day or so, with life-threatening storm surge, flash floods and mudslides from heavy rainfall, as well as large and destructive waves, and is likely to affect Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands tonight and Wednesday.

Gus Jaspert, the governor of the BVI, which was hit by Hurricane Irma just twelve days ago, said they were “planning for the worst”. He told Radio 4’s Today programme, “Since Irma, we’ve been focused on recovery, ensuring security. We’ve switched track — to preparation. We’ve been securing shelters — many people are in homes that don’t have a roof.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    To my fellow believers, next time you come on a story like this – Do Not Feed The Trolls. If you look at the comments they usually start with religion baiting along the lines of ‘and now for a comment from the religious right to prove this isn’t global warming’ and then you proceed to rise to the bait. Just ignore the trolls. (Same goes for global warming proponents, don’t take the bait.)




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  2. See god ya says:

    It’s just wind and water. These self proclaimed prophets on CNS spewing religious sentiments would mistake the reflection of stars in a lake as the night sky.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Life is always a polarity. If there were no darkness there would be no light. If there were no trouble there could never be any peace. If the sun always shone you would not appreciate it. You have to learn sometimes through conditions that seem a nuisance. One day you will look back and say “We learned our best lessons not when the sun was shining, but when the storm was at it’s greatest, when the thunder roared, the lightening flashed, the clouds obscure the sun and all seemed dark and hopeless”. It is only when the soul is in adversity that some of its greatest possibilities can be realized and when a person turns to God for comfort and strength and learns the error of their ways.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    and yet we have the compass editorial of 19/9 trying to dispute science and global warming……..
    and places with 60,000 populations should not worry about the environment.
    sad day for journalism in cayman and journalism everywhere.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t worry Cayman will be under water in no time and will be no longer when the icecaps melt so no need to worry about hurricanes..




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  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a christian nation, so please give money to the churches where you can expect about only 10% to get to those in need.




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  6. Anonymous says:

    There is opportunity in devastation. It is easier to convince someone who is in need than persuade someone who needs nothing.




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you CNS for posting my comment. All this science and religion talk is not is not cutting it. The sciences of Egypt (religion), Nazi’s (technology) and western migration (brainwashing) have come to naught. We are seeing colonialism displayed on a grand stage.




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  8. Anonymous says:

    America has caused this mayhem. They have sciences to control weather. We try to be gods. This is their opportunity to unleash there vulture capitalist, similar to the one we have here. Seeing they have a need to be great again. Wake up people.




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  9. Anonymous says:

    I hope one day science will determine whether religion makes you dumb or dumb people are religious.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Will have to ask God that before you go to hell hey.. I am sure the devil is laughing since he tricked the world into believing he doesn’t exist and people get a rude awaking when they die at his deception and how they fell for his world and scientific ways and where people made themselves Gods and didn’t humble themselves before God and Jesus who was their only source of salvation. I will pray for those who don’t believe to wake up and smell the roses. Just don’t go around offending God with your ignorant statements




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      • Anonymous says:

        There is a war waging for your soul the moment you were born so if you were wise you would give God your time and attention and have Him win the battle for you as an heir to heaven. That would be a wise man. Who would be the fool to not give God a chance? Just saying..




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      • Anonymous says:

        The irony here is that when you and your family are sick, you go to scientists to be treated. You use life-saving antibiotics discovered through scientific methods a mere century ago. Yet you credit a God created by people thousands of years ago who didn’t even know what bacteria is. We all stopped believing in Santa when we became wise enough.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Umm faith and science is not comparable. Faith is believing in what can’t be seen or explained. It is believing in miracles. It is believing in the mercy and love of God who came in human form to help us and save us. Those who don’t believe are stupid and will realize the enormity of their mistake when it is too late. I would take been sick and dying , I have zero fear of death than eternal life of hell with the devil because you not willing to ask God to show you and direct your path because of pride and arrogance. The exact traits the fallen angel Satan has and nothing to be proud of.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    How about we stop all the religious doom saying and do something to help these guys? Are the Red Cross bank accounts the same as for Irma? In your world (the religious one) you are supposed to help your brother/family/other people in general, right? So get on with it.




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  11. Ron Wolfe says:

    Fires in the west, enhanced by drought conditions and powerful storms enhanced by warming oceans are natures response to human exploitation of resources and avoidance of stewardship responsibilities. Please take note that while we may be so self adsorbed as to create a GOD in our own image, we do not have the power to control the source of our being and the ultimate caretaker of our remains. We must either become responsible stewards or continue down the road to extinction. Wind , rain and fire are just the beginning of what our children must endure




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    • Anonymous says:

      Our children would endure consequences of geoengineering and weather modification which would lead human race to extinction. Chemtrails to block the Sun? Only humans were capable to come up with such a splendid idea of self-destruction.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly humans cause their own demise and then blame God when they get burnt doing the stupid stuff they do, like destroying earth and the only means of survival we have. But God is not worried, because we were built for heaven as a final destination and not earth and those that know this fact are secure.




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  12. bravo says:

    none of this has anything to do with anything supernatural….the only power here is mother nature….she is ultimately in command of us all




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    • Anonymous says:

      No my friend, God is in control and controls Mother Nature too. Did you not read the article in the possession of the blessed Eucharist against the tsunami. That should shut a few people up. Power be to God and God alone. Mother Nature bows down to God as we should and all creation.




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      • Anonymous says:

        If that is the case, your God is mean and cruel to be inflicting suffering on his children by not directing major hurricanes away from them when he has the power to do so. If I had this kind of power as you claim your god has, I would definitely steer it well clear of human habitats, and I am not even an all powerful and all knowing superior being,




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        • Anonymous says:

          We inflict our own suffering. Did your mom not teach you that if you don’t listen you will feel? We not listening and have no need for God. We made ourselves Gods. We do it to ourselves. God is not doing it to us. Prayers have much power if we only used them. It is in suffering that we turn to God




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    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t be so naive Bravo, think outside the box.




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    • See god ya says:

      Daddy nature, Auntie nature and sister nature and Mama nature. How cute.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    Probably didn’t pray hard enough.




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    • Veritas says:

      8.34am you have managed to post the most callous and ignorant comment of the year. I just hope sometime you will experience a category 5 hurricane, (but not here).




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    • Anonymous says:

      Beware skeptics of God will be punished. Not coincidental that we have had Hurricane Jose (Joseph) and Hurricane Maria (Mother Mary) sent out together, Jesus parents. May this be a message for those who are complacent of God’s existence and justice will be served to those who ridicule Christians and reject Christ as their savior.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Is that a threat? How very Christian of you.




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        • Anonymous says:

          No it is not a threat but it is a warning. God doesn’t twist your arm, it is your choice to reject Jesus as your Saviour and with that is consequences. God is merciful but justice is served just as when you commit murder you go to jail. All in life comes down to choices and decisions. If you willing to sacrifice your eternal place in heaven with ignorance and rejection of God then that was your choice and the choice will have repercussions.




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          • Anonymous says:

            I am gay and have previously purchased alcohol on a Sunday, there is no hope for me my friend.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Funny how bible basher warnings all sound like threats…”if you don’t get baptized, you won’t get buried”, “if you don’t turn to God you will be punished in hell”…give me 10 good and honest men or women, gay, black, white, disabled or otherwise anytime over 1000 hypocritical church goers. Sunday at a gas station I saw some finely dressed ladies obviously just out of church, who were cussing out someone legally parked and parked there first just because they wanted to be in that spot. Go figure.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Not a threat, just trying to wake you up before it is too late. When you stand before God you will wish for the rocks to cover you , but it will then be too late for you. Repent before you perish. Remember that the existence of God does not depend on whether or not you believe.




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        • Anonymous says:

          No it’s not. God is merciful but you live with the choices you make in life and rejecting God is a choice with consequences like anything in life so it is in death and where we end up after we die. God doesn’t force our hand.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Merciful? You have got to be kidding! There is no mercy in deliberately inflicting pain and suffering on people.




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            • Anonymous says:

              When you discipline your child you doing them good aren’t you by teaching them what is right and what is wrong. How would it be any different for our Father in Heaven. Suffering is where we learn and depend on God as our strength and not on our own understanding. And in life there are seasons, winter and spring, sorrow and joy. Life is always a polarity and so will it be with life after death. What you do in this life echoes in eternity. You will answer for all you did and didn’t do.




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              • Anonymous says:

                I don’t discipline my children with a life threatening storm. I know, it sounds silly, but your religious analogy is childish. Most people grow out of their belief in an imaginary friend.




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                • Anonymous says:

                  We were never promised heaven on earth were we? Jesus said trouble will come, but His promise was that He would never leave us or abandon us. He is there in the midst of the suffering and misery. Our final destination is not earth but heaven, that is what we were built for. Earth is for the lessons and we grow from adversity. I think it childish that you rely on your limited experiences in life to have a know all attitude.




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                  • Jotnar says:

                    Don’t remember Jesus saying that he would help people get to their final reward by wiping them out with a hurricane either. Bit of a difference between “trouble will come” but you wont be abandoned, and “skeptics of God will be punished” i.e. I am going to make sure trouble does come! Which is it – compassionate Jesus or wrathful Old Testament God?




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                    • Anonymous says:

                      We start dying the minute we are born. How we go no ones knows. It can be an accident, hurricane, cancer or old age. The only sure things in life is death and taxes. Trouble will come in life and you won’t be abandoned. Skeptics of God’s existence yes will be lost, because whoever doesn’t accept Jesus, is unknown to God and God will not accept you. He doesn’t punish you, but you punish yourself. Because like in life there is death, and eternally like there is heaven there is hell. Without acceptance of Jesus you will go to the opposite of heaven which is hell. God didn’t send you there, you sent yourself so no wrathful old Testament. And yes to compassionate Jesus he is waiting for you to open the door to Him. He constantly knocks




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      • Anonymous says:

        hahahahahahahahahahahahaha




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      • Jotnar says:

        Appreciate you are dealing in matters of faith rather than science, but you cant say Jose and Maria were sent together and claim that the biblical similarity in names is evidence of God’s intervention. In between were Katia and Lee, and don’t recall either of those in the Bible. Passing lightly over the fact that sending hurricanes named after the father and mother of Jesus seems a curious act for a merciful God.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Or maybe it is a reminder of God and having faith because in desperate times we call and turn to God who is our only hope and salvation. Sometimes it needs to be spelt out literally for us because we all so thick! God throws a stone for our attention, no go ok then a brick still nothing then a hurricane with a name on it for good measure. Got your attention ok good now He can work in and through you because you are a child of God and there is no denying that!




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        • Anonymous says:

          Jose and Maria were ones with impact as was Irma that passed before those two. It is no coincidence. It is saying wake up people, God is getting impatient with your stupidity and ignorance and lack of faith and no morals and integrity.




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    • Anonymous says:

      And by the way read and research this article ‘The tsunami that receded when it was blessed with the Blessed Sacrament’ ..so yes power to God and for the eucharist and prayers.. and I feel sorry for your unbelief and lack of faith in God, you are missing out big time, perhaps even of eternal life one day, is it worth it to bash Christians?

      The miracle reportedly occurred in 1906 in Tumaco, Colombia.

      At the start of the 20th century a great undersea earthquake shook the Pacific Ocean and casued a tsunami that devastated the shorelines of many cities. However, according to the inhabitants of Tumaco, Colombia, a huge wave was pushed back when the local priest processed out with the Blessed Sacrament.

      When the people of Tumaco felt the ground shake on the morning of January 31, 1906, they immediately went to their parish priest, Fr. Gerardo Larrondo. The local inhabitants begged their pastor to perform a Eucharistic procession that would invoke God’s aid to fight back the tsunami wave that threatened the very existence of their city.

      The people could see the giant wave approaching the city and so Fr. Larrondo gathered up his courage and with the Holy Eucharist placed in a monstrance, processed head-on towards the wave. He said to the people, “Let us go, my people. Let us go toward the beach, and may God have pity on us.”

      Bravely, Fr. Larrondo approached the wave and made the sign of the cross with the Eucharist — and almost immediately the wave receded and turned back.




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    • Anonymous says:

      I hope people will see all these things and will ask God for forgivness. Tomorrow is never promised. Repent! We may bend our knee to Him now or later, but later will be too late.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    This season is already a huge catastrophe and we are still another 2 months away from the end of Hurricane season… This has to be the worst season in history this year…




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