As though to conveniently illustrate the force of 130 mph winds the very inconvenient Hurricane Irma sandblasted one side of the freshly painted Southernmost Point buoy.
In happier times, two days before the sandblasting it looked like this as I struggled with the concept of selfie while playing tourist in a deserted town:
This week a city employee had the task of fixing it up under the impatient gaze of visitors eager to get their picture taken at the monument marking the somewhat fictitious point.
I say fictitious as it is only more or less the southernmost civilian point in the US with the Navy base behind it rather more so. Furthermore Hawaii claims the southernmost point in a US state even though you could say they are trumped by American Samoa. Whatever, you get the point (pun intended.)
Further up the street the Southernmost House which may or may not be furthest south, still stands:
And all I could think while taking that picture above was how much better off we would be if all power lines were buried. Imagine: no more wind related power outages!