As previously reported, Robinson School returned from Labor Day weekend on Tuesday, September 6 and was forced to close the school at noon that same day to prepare for Hurricane Irma – a Category 5 hurricane that thankfully skirted the island to the north. Still, Hurricane Irma left $1 billion in damages to our already economically embattled island and at least 1 million without electricity or water.
Robinson reopened on Monday, September 11. The devastation caused by Irma hit close to home – 80% of Robinson’s Boarding School students are from the neighboring islands of Tortola and Culebra. Their hearts broke as they watched their homes and childhood memories transformed forever. Other students, dealt with their new reality – no water, no electricity, and a general sense of anxiety mixed with uncertainty. Our Chaplain (Rosangélica Acevedo), Spiritual Life Program, and specialized support service professionals (Esther Marie Pérez Prado, school psychologist), along with the entire Robinson community spent the week of September 11 – September 15 helping students manage their sense of helplessness and loss, and most of all channeling our students’ urgent desire to help our neighbors.
Robinson School was just beginning to respond to the effects of Hurricane Irma when we had to close our doors yet again and prepare the campus for Hurricane Maria, which hit the island directly and lasted more than 24 hours.
NASA HAS BEEN KEEPING AN EYE ON HURRICANE MARIA FROM SPACE – September 20, 2017
Click on the links below for more news coverage and photos of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, not just in Puerto Rico, but across the already battered Caribbean.
CNN reported that “Hurricane Maria slams the Caribbean,” causing “apocalyptic devastation.”
During and immediately following the storm, “The New York Times” reported “Maria Strikes, Puerto Rico Goes Dark.”
Click on the images below for day-by-day coverage and videos.
Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico and the Aftermath
Click the image below to watch a video of the immediate aftermath in San Juan
On the Ground in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
After Hurricane Maria: One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico
Post-Maria Puerto Rico: A View from Space
Source: NASA’s Suomi-NPP satellite