Storms: What are they good for?
Storms get a bad rep for obvious reasons, but they actually play a really important role in balancing the natural world.
We see this up close at eXtreme hotel, as we watch the beach bank erode over the Spring months. Tropical storms carry sand back to Kite Beach and help to maintain the island’s coastline.
Tropical storms also carry rainfall to areas that need it, disperse seeds, mix up bacteria in the ocean, and help balance out the temperature over the Earth’s surface. They are part of our planet’s natural rhythm, albeit a scary part.
Of course, tropical storms have devastated communities in the past, and as such they are feared and respected.
In Cabarete, we are in a very fortunate position where we are shielded and protected from the force of most tropical storms and hurricanes. This is thanks to a combination of our island’s size and position in the Caribbean, our hurricane-repelling mountain ranges, and our shallow reef.
All these factors make the North Coast unattractive to a passing storm, so the bad weather tends to steer clear of our shores.
Hurricane Irma 2017
You may well have followed the progress of Hurricane Irma in early September 2017, and the damage she caused across the Caribbean and the US. With winds of 180mph and pressure of 921mb, she was the strongest Atlantic storm on record.
The Dominican Republic was lucky to escape Irma with minimal damage and no loss of life. In Cabarete, we boarded up the beachfront resorts in preparation, but everything was back to normal after just a couple of days.
Storms don’t usually come close to us, and we have the highest peak in the Caribbean Pico Duarte to deflect any that do.
This is one of the reasons why they call the DR the Garden of Eden, and we are so grateful for our island’s natural defences.