As noted in GCI Weekly Update last week, Hurricane Matthew was very powerful and wide-ranging. It left a trail of destruction extending from Haiti, through the Bahamas, then up the Atlantic coast of Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina (see the map at right).
In Haiti, Matthew killed at least 1,000 people and wiped many villages off the map. It then battered the Bahamas, and in the U.S. it left at least 24 dead, over 1 million homes and businesses without power, and caused billions of dollars in damage. Here from three GCI regional supervisors are reports on how our members fared:
- From Caribbean Region Mission Developer Charles Fleming: “None of our members in Haiti were harmed, though one lost the roof on their home. Our church-owned building in Nassau, Bahamas, had a foot of sea water throughout the building as a result of the storm surge. All computers, etc., had be relocated to homes. One member in Freeport, Bahamas, suffered some damage to their home. Pastor Robert McKinney flew to Freeport to assess the damage.”
- From U.S. Regional Pastor Ted Johnston: “Our members in Florida and Georgia all escaped significant damage. All are safe.”
- From U.S. Regional Pastor Paul David Kurts: “All our members in the Carolinas are safe.”