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Fallen trees block roads in Ituzaingó

Update written two days after the storm in Buenos Aires: Still no power. Turn it on now; we’ve had enough of pretending to live in the 1800s. At first the nights are romantic and cosy with candles and no TV. Then morning comes and the inconvenience is glaringly obvious. How do I work? I take a day’s enforced Easter holiday but then attempt to do something constructive. The first day after the storm the Esso has no power, the second day it has power but no Wi-Fi. Some cafes have Wi-Fi but it’s hit and miss whether it’s working, and when it does it’s slow. And I can’t stay in a cafe for eight hours. Same for the cyber cafes.

We want to keep the fridge things cool but nowhere has any ice. There is a block-long line of cars waiting for gasoline and fights over who was first. Many service stations in the area have no power and can’t open, plus it’s a long weekend and people have been stocking up with gas.

Here we have the perfect storm indeed – strong winds, rain and hail; large amount of damage; four-day holiday; workers on vacation; major delays…. Much of the power infrastructure is now tangled in trees or on top of cars in Ituzaingó and Morón, and in many places it’s like starting from scratch. Some blocks have no running water and no gas, so we are some of the lucky ones.

We wait for power….

Trees fallen on the house out front

The stately pine tree in the garden now has a different angle

Waiting for power, playing candlelit Scrabble

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