I live in the Sarapiqui area and was extremely fortunate yesterday. We were predicted to get between 12 and 18 inches of rain and strong winds; neither happened here. We were prepared though. We had plenty of bottled water, food, pet food, candles, flashlights, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, first aid kit, and some wine. The hurricane made a turn to the north and all we got was some rain, wind, and a few wind gusts. We were lucky, but other areas weren’t so lucky. Our power did go out for about three and a half hours, but that was it. We also made sure to have a full tank of gas in the car and the pet carriers at the ready.
The towns to the north and on the northern caribbean side got the worst of it. The town of Upala was hit really hard. The scouts came by today asking for donations, the only thing that I had on hand was a giant bottle of water that I bought the other day and hadn’t opened. Normally when I get home I unpack things and put them in Tupperware containers because they come in bags and I don’t want to take the chance of the bag ripping open. I wish I had more to give. I’m thinking of going to the store and buying some things and taking them down to our Red Cross, it’s just down the hill from my house. There are many towns in Nicaragua that got hit really hard as well. There are still some missing people in both countries and several deaths as well. It could have been worse. I am thankful that we were spared the worst of it. But I am sad for the others that have lost so much. You can make donations to the Red Cross of Costa Rica if you would like to help. This is their web page, but it is all in Spanish. http://www.cruzroja.or.cr/
I hope that everyone is having a good day today and staying safe. Until mañana, pura vida!