These major hurricanes were different than others I’ve survived in the past, because of the ubiquitous presence of social media.
After Irma: We only lost power for about 16 hours, on and off. Many friends, neighbors, and relatives lost power for much longer.
After Maria: Just today, 5 days after Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico, we finally got word from our relatives that they are okay. They are expecting to be without power for months, maybe.
Our side yard temporarily became a lake. I’ve never seen our yard take on water like this.
The input from social media sites has made a huge impact on us. Rather than having to rely on what the network news wants to show us, we can go all over the place to find news. Friends are passing on what they’ve found, consoling, offering hope, strengthening faith. We’re feeling grateful for any means of communication.