Canada 'Absolutely terrifying': Hurricane Irma strands Calgarians in Turks and Caicos

07:12  09 september  2017
07:12  09 september  2017 Source:   Calgary Herald

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FLORIDA, United States, Thursday September 7, 2017 – An extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma is heading for the Turks and Caicos Islands. At 11 a.m. the Category 5 hurricane still packing maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour with higher gusts

Turks and Caicos © Courtesy, Shauna Lowry Turks and Caicos

It was a terrifying night for four Calgarians huddled together in their Turks and Caicos holiday rental as hurricane Irma made devastating landfall in the Caribbean archipelago.

The group was forced to ride out the storm overnight in a kitchen pantry after they were unable to leave before the storm hit Thursday.

“You can’t see anything. There’s no power, it’s dark and all you’re hearing is terrifying gusts of wind slamming into the house,” said Shauna Lowry. 

The foursome and a neighbourhood cat named Robinson sheltered together in the only room without windows, as violent winds wrenched the veranda from the house and tore a hole through one of the walls. 

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“We would doze off here and there, but mostly we just sat there and tried to keep each other company and get through it,” Lowry said.

Friday morning, when the sun rose, they took in the battered environs where their holiday rental was located in the outskirts of the island of Providenciales. 

Irma caused extensive flooding and damaged many homes in the Turks and Caicos islands. Local officials estimate the damages to Providenciales alone likely total at least half a billion dollars.

Downed trees and utility poles have made some roads on the island impassable.

Lowry said her group ventured out briefly with a vehicle on Friday after the storm passed to assess the damage. With the help of the landlord of the rental home, they were able to secure another place to sleep Friday, and Lowry said they’re hoping to be able to get home soon.

“I think that all of us didn’t know what to expect. We’re all from Alberta, used to blizzards, but had never experienced anything of that calibre,” she said.

“It’s an absolutely terrifying experience for sure.”

mpotkins@calgaryherald.com

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