Thankfully we have now heard from our friend Henry, who makes his home outside of La Paz. He managed to send out a message from a friend's home while power was on briefly. From his update it is clear that coping with a Category 3 hurricane and its aftermath, even with experience, is daunting and exhausting. He writes:
"Everywhere you can see the damage and its like a horror show.
Walls blown down, house roofs gone, power poles and cables down, semi trucks blown over. 32 yachts grounded and 3 mariners missing and presumed dead. Right now I am without all the modern conveniences of power, water, internet, cell phones, tv. i am literally fetching wood and carrying water. My friend down the street who is a Vietnam vet, says that this situation is equal to Vietnam, except that nobody is shooting at us. No a/c means 30 - 33 degrees C. in the casa and 80% humidity with no fans. It's dark from 7:30 pm until 7:30 am, at which time I read by candlelight or flashlight.
Some of the stores are open by using using generators but there is no ice, no batteries, no water, no mosquito repellent (previous to Hurricane Odile, La Paz had a Dengue outbreak. After this it will probably be a Dengue plague!).
I line up daily and buy a few things for the day because nothing lasts very long without a working fridge. There are a few restaurants open now so lunch is not a problem.
Gas stations have line ups 2 kilometers long and they are rationing. Walmart and Sorianas have already been robbed, so now they are putting security guards outside overnight.
Anyway it's an adventure here and I am thriving and surviving. I didn't realize that reading by flashlight could be so much fun and sleeping from dusk until dawn could be so difficult! "
The cruising community in La Paz rallied to meet the challenges of assisting fellow cruisers, tracking missing people, boats, and damage. They are requesting donations to aid in the ongoing efforts to refloat boats and related costs. The photos on the Hurricane Odile tab show the powerful impact of this storm and the sad reality for cruisers who now have to 'pick up the (literal) pieces' of their dreams.
Keep them in your thoughts.