The Turks and Caicos Islands are recovering very nicely. Thank you all for caring, for reaching out, and for responding.
Despite some reports that the whole Caribbean was destroyed by two powerful storms, word is now getting out that only a very few islands of the “Caribbean” have been badly damaged. The string of easterly Caribbean islands runs for some 1300 miles, most of which were untouched by the storms or with damage that has been or will very shortly be repaired. Our hearts go out to the few islands, such as Puerto Rico, that were badly damaged; the Turks and Caicos Islanders will continue to support our neighbors in whatever capacity is required.
The Turks and Caicos Islands building codes are structured from Dade County, Florida codes and are the highest standard building codes created to withstand Category 5 hurricanes. That is why most structures here held up very well. Hurricane Irma was the strongest storm that TCI has experienced. Within 3 days some areas had power restored, within 4 days water was restored; within a month most areas in the main tourist island of Providenciales had power and water restored.
All roads were cleared within a few days. Providenciales International Airport and Grand Turk International Airport were fully operational within 2 weeks of Irma and 2 days of Maria. Scheduled flights are coming and going with both residents and visitors traveling with ease.
September and October are the quietest tourist months for TCI and traditionally many hotels, resorts and restaurants close for yearly maintenance and staff vacations.Many of the resorts opened for guests on or around October 1 – on schedule. Some, of course, did have damage that will take a longer period but all plan to be open for our busy season, starting mid-December. Restaurants are opening as per schedule.
Vegetation is quickly recovering. There have been many photos posted on social media showing trees and bushes that were denuded of leaves,and then showing new growth within two days of storm passing. Isn’t Mother Nature amazing? Many trees were snapped in two but over the last week I have seen truck after truck driving by my office windows (on Grace Bay Rd.) with loads of palm trees, hibiscus and bougainvillea bushes and many other species of trees and bushes. Replanting and regrowth will soon have the island the lush greenery we are used to seeing.
Our people have been wonderful in reaching out to neighbors and/or strangers to help in whatever capacity they can, even when they themselves have damage to their homes, businesses and vehicles. Everyone I have spoken to have said “we were lucky, others are far worse off”. Aren’t people amazing?
It makes us proud to be a part of this resilient community and Country.
ERA Turks and Caicos Real Estate reopened within 4 days of Hurricane Irma and our TEAM has been in office daily answering the many emails from concerned people; also responding to enquiries on real estate. We have had showings, we have had offers and we have had closings. The ERA TEAM looks forward to welcoming you to the Turks and Caicos and to working with you to accomplish your real estate goals. Your Dream is alive and well.