Less than three hours after it went up, Provezano’s post had more 285 likes, 103 comments and 327 shares.
“We are trying to get this large mass of bureaucracy moving quickly,” he wrote. “Plus we have so many moving pieces,” he wrote.
Efforts to fix the damage left by Matthew went on even as the storm raged.
“The amount of trees downed is incredible and the number of power lines down is worse. We are working to clear as fast as we can, but these are large trees and we have to coordinate with Ga Power,” Provenzano wrote.
He said he doesn’t expect islanders to get back home before Monday.
“Even after we open the island, it could be days before you have power and water/sewer. So if you don’t have to be back, take another day or 2 of vacation.”
But he had good news.
“After touring some of the Island, there is very little structural damage. Please take a deep breath. The fact the storm moved 45 miles off shore saved us from a lot of destruction. We only saw hurricane force winds of 75-90 mph for 3 hours. The storm surge was prevalent, but came on a low tide, and the wave action was half what was projected, due to the storm being off shore.”