my laptop and cell phone suffered serious water damage during Hurricane Maria, so I’m very limited in what I can do on the internet, but I was able to watermark and upload a few videos I took during and after the storm.
I roughly explained in my previous post what was going on around me as the core of Hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica, and today I’d like to share two videos I took with my phone before water got the best of it. I’m sharing these videos exclusively with Best Gore readers only.
Both videos were filmed during the first blast of the core. The second blast was significantly more powerful and I needed both hands to keep the door from barging in.
First video was filmed during the initial minutes of the core’s arrival. It came with so much force, I never flew out of my bed that fast. I dashed out of the room, and crouched in the corridor leading into the bathroom. There were two vents in the upper section of the bathroom’s wall facing the backyard. I had wooden boards on the outside of the vents to act as hurricane shutters.
Despite the shutters, the noise the hurricane was causing was overwhelmingly deafening inside. However, the camera’s microphone auto-adjusted to the extreme noise in order to prevent audio distortion, and automatically lowered the input to the safest level at which it can be played back without sounding distorted. In spite of this limitation, which prevents the playback from sounding more realistic, listeners may get an idea of the rage caused by the Category 5 Storm outside my door.
Also, each time something banged, like when the neighbor’s roof got ripped off and tossed into the storage shack in my backyard, destroying it, the bang caused a noise spike, which was reacted to by the microphone by lowering the input level even more, so excessively loud bangs make it sound in the video as if things actually quieted down.
It was pitch dark, due to the Hurricane knocking the power out on the entire island, and I only had the phone in one hand, and a small flash light in the other, so pictures are on the darker side, but pitch darkness is what I was surrounded with when the Hurricane struck. Here’s the video:
The other video was filmed moments later, after the Hurricane blasted the towel from under my door, causing water mixed with mud and various debris to pour into the house and flood it within a second. I responded by standing by the weakest point of the house (the door), using my wet feet to at least keep the towel close to the door so water doesn’t continue pouring in completely unobstructed. It probably helped a little bit, but not a whole lot. Enjoy: