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Honduras: Hurricane Felix Creates a Blogstorm

Hurricane Felix

Image by Fecke and used under a Creative Commons license.

A storm of blog entries has appeared as Hurricane Felix approaches the Nicaraguan shore. The most recent computer models show Felix hitting the north shore of Nicaragua, its eye moving inland across the mountainous north of Honduras.

Fearful of disaster, the Honduran government evacuated tourists from Roatan, in the Bay Islands, which this morning seemed to be the likeliest target of the hurricane's wrath. Natalie Grace, of Travel Blog , reports on Felix:

The powerful, Category 4 storm spurred Grupo Taca Airlines to provide special free flights to the mainland. Planes were quickly touching down and taking off again to scoop up more tourists. Some 1,000 people were evacuated from the Honduran island of Roatan, popular for its pristine reefs and diving resorts. Another 1,000 were removed from low-lying coastal areas and smaller islands.

The last major hurricane to make landfall in Honduras was Mitch in 1998. An enormous category 5 storm, Mitch parked itself mercilessly over Guanaja for 3 entire days. Miraculously only 10 people died on the island. Nevertheless the images of devastation in the island were terrible. All the trees were stripped of branches and leaves, leaving only bare trunks, like silent totems.

After leaving Guanaja, Mitch raced inland where more than seven thousand people were killed in flash floods and mudslides. Honduras had never experienced a hurricane so far inland. Since Mitch had been so close to Honduras for almost a week, the ground was already saturated with water. No one in living memory could remember a Hurricane striking as far inland as Tegucigalpa, for instance.

Katherine Marrow, who lives in a relatively safe mountain town, wrote about Felix in her blog, Life in Honduras :

Yes …. there is a hurricane heading to Honduras….and yes…I am in Honduras!! Good news is that it will most likely miss us here. Siguatepeque is right in the centre of Honduras and the safest place to be as it is so central and in the mountains. We are expecting it to be a bit windy(!?) with heavy rains, flooded roads, mudslides etc. But nothing as dramatic as the coast is going to be.

La gringa, of La Gringa's Blogicito, says in her blog, “We are taking Felix seriously now.” She tells her readers: “Believe me, opening my email and reading about ‘catastrophic’ hurricanes every few hours is more than a little disconcerting − especially for someone who has never been anywhere near a hurricane before.” She adds some comforting words “don't assume the worst if you can't get through” because everyone will be trying to call friends and relatives at once.

Trish, of Sowers for Pastors currently is hosting a mission team, that given their remote location in the mountains of Honduras, might become stranded by mudslides and poor road conditions. She says:

Our greatest concern is that the roads between us and the major cities may be significantly damaged, through road washouts, landslides, floods, and destroyed bridges. If the infrastructure of Honduras is severely damaged, this will certainly affect us.

In an earlier post, she reminisced of her time in Guanaja when that island was recovering after the ravages of Hurricane Mitch. “The island of Guanaja, and the people there, will always be close to our hearts.”, she wrote.

Bob Barbanes, who writes in Helicopter Pilot, moved back to the United States after living and flying his helicopter for a while in the Bay Islands. He details some of Mitch's antics, and volunteers to help in the aftermath. “And if you folks need a helicopter pilot after the storm passes, I'm ready to come back and help.” he wrote.

By the way, who would name a storm Felix? Felix means “happy” in Latin. My fingers clamp when I type its name, wanting to spell “Feliz” instead.

For my fellow Hondurans, please be safe and prepare. Hopefully this storm will quickly pass, and no lives will be lost.

36 comments

  • The hurricane slammed into the most sparsely populated areas of Nicaragua and Honduras. Most of it’s strength will be spent there.

    The rest of Nicaragua and Honduras should get torrential rain and flash floods, which are easier to protect from. The mood in Honduras is one of extreme preparedness, which I applaud. Finally we are doing some prevention instead of just lamenting outcomes.

  • karen T

    My daughter is in Honduras for 6 months. Please pray for all the people in Honduras and the other countries affected by this storm. These people’s lives can be difficult enough without more hardships. God be with them.

  • Lisa Shehan

    We have a friend in Juticalpa teaching at the Day Star School. If anyone gets an information on flooding in that area, please post it. I believe the town is about 100 miles due east of the capital city.

    Pray for the safety of all the people in central America.

  • Jane

    Thanks so much for a great service. My daughter is in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer. I was frustrated trying to find accurate information – links to blogs of people in Honduras was VERY HELPFUL.

  • Cheryl

    If anyone hears how bad the storm surge was on the south side of Roatan, please post that info. My sister and her husband live in Gravel Bay and help man the radio station there. I imagine the power lines are down and it will be difficult to get communications out. I pray that all the Roatan and Hondurian people are safe!

  • jack hansen

    I just talked to my son in law He was on the phone to Juticulpa as I called. It has been raining all day. The word they had was that the storm was downgraded to a Cat1 and was suppose to pass at 2 am Wed morning.

  • Our prayers seem to be working, the Hurricane is now a tropical storm, and hasn’t even brought all the rain it was forecast to bring. Also, its center has stayed away from most major cities. What a relief!

  • todd guidroz

    any news on the island of utila and the effect of hurrican felix

  • Donna

    We love the Hondurans and pray for you all-we love Roatan and the mainland -and so hope no lives were lost by Felix
    xxxxxx

  • Colin Brazier

    My daughter and her boyfriend were on the island of Utila. Thank God the eye of the hurri=cxane passed them by.

    According to Red Alert the hurricane has changed course and heading for Juticalpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa Sheha. I hope her friend is safe

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