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I have no doubt of the devastation, you have to remember that these islands are often lower than the storm surge which means a wall of water went over them for some distance. Combine that with tin shacks and poorly built buildings and you can fill in the rest. All hurricanes/typhoons look much the same but they are far from the same underneath in their strength and breadth. That is what separates the storms like this one and Katrina from the run of the mill storms. Katrina was a nest of imbedded tornadoes along with its more obvious attributes.
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