Aruba rarely sees hurricanes. But this time we couldn’t escape Hurricane Matthew. However, Aruba wasn’t hit directly by the Hurricane. I had to see what damage was done when the storm passed and show you the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew Aruba.
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Hurricane Matthew Aruba The Aftermath
The long-lived tropical cyclone Hurricane Mathew caused flooding in Oranjestad and Noord Area. It also affected Aruba’s beaches. Area’s like Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, Malmok Beach, Boca Catalina, Arashi and Baby Beach have suffered lots of erosion.
Pictures After Hurricane Matthew Aruba
After the storm the waves were still high and rough.
The waves were so big that it broke a stone stairway near Boca Catalina.
The beach is nearly inaccessible now due to all these rocks around.
The hurricane caused storm surge reaching all the way up to the roads.
The waves don’t reach this far on land on a normal day.
Hurricane Matthew washed out conch, sea stars, sea urchins, stones and seashells.
The waves also managed to bring seaweed from the ocean onto the beach.
Volunteers raked all of the seaweeds into huge piles.
The whole beach at Casa Del Mar Resort has been severely damaged.
The beach strip from Divi Aruba All Inclusive Resort to Casa Del Mar Resort has been completely destroyed. All the sand that was there is now gone.
Besides lots of seaweed washed up on the beaches, floods and broken palapas. The damage could of been much worse. There were no mayor incidents including people.
The Future after Hurricane Matthew Aruba
What can you expect if you’re visiting Aruba right after Hurricane Matthew?
Maybe a few beaches will have no access to swim or snorkel. It could be also that there are still seaweed left over on the beach. But other than that your vacation should be okay.
If you’re ever traveling when it’s storming read safety and precaution tips during Hurricane Season in Aruba
The government has been doing a good job cleaning up the beach.
After a few weeks time the beaches will look clean again. Like Hurricane Matthew didn’t even happen.