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[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 22:06EDT] - Judi and Greg Augustine reporting from Dominica:
Just a report from here in Portsmouth. Things are cool. No lights or water, but otherwise, things are fine. The sea churned and we had some wind. But things could haved been much much worse. One love, Judi / Greg Augustine
[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 17:32EDT] - Abigail N. Cooles reporting from Dominica:
Dominica today is breathing a big sigh of relief today, as we came through with barely a scratch!! Winds last night stayed fairly low with some intermittent heavy rains. The sea is still quite high, but is now subsiding. It appears that most coastal roads are still intact (I won't say all, as I'm not too sure about certain roads up on the other side of the island!) Even the banana trees still seem to be standing, which is truly a miracle, as normally one only has to breathe at a banana tree and down it will fall!! People today have been mainly getting their homes back to normal, unboarding windows and moving furniture back outside!! Many shops have been open, but with minimal custom, as would be expected!! Many people seem to be tired however today, what with all the bone-chilling suspense and the sleepless night, while we waited for something to happen!! Yet we are all so grateful and relieved that Dominica didn't sustain more damage. Concern for the other islands is very strong here, and we send our best wishes and prayers to both those islands that have been through Georges, and those that might yet "see him". That's all from me, until the next one!!!:)
[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 16:25EDT] - John Vassallo reporting from Dominica:
big nothing Well it came (sort of) and went. I know this is going to sound sort of sick, but what a let down!!!! They really had us thinking that we were going to get hit with a cat 4 hurricane. Even the locals were freakin. All we had was winds about 50 mph. I mean at least the large grocery store sign across the street could have blown down with a crash! But all and all it is a good thing. Dominica is just getting back on it's feet from the 89 hurricane which destroyed it's banana crop. "Bananas are to Dominica what autos are to Detroit" qoute from the Prime Minister. The School is still boraded up. The bay is really rough, 4ft waves, which is REAL uncommon. The sun just started peeking out. I went to the stroe across the street, Tina (owner) was singing gospel. He was very pleased that the strom had passed (and probably all the money she made). She told me that I should be glad as well. She told me that had it really hit , I would be "stuck" whatever that means. Well I have 5 cases of water, and 60 cans of tuna!! We did lose phone and power for awhile but that was it. Pretty much a wasted weekend. My room smells like stale beer and cigars. I have to empty all the pots that I filled. I missed my hopital rotation, and have to make that up. Tomorrow I head into town for my ob/gyn day. I want to thank you all for your letters. I hope I didn't get TOO carried away with my updates.
[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 09:17EDT] - Steve McCabe reporting from Dominica:
We've just our power back on. Here's a report: Roseau 9am Monday Worst of weather hit at 2:45am - high winds and heavy rain - but was brief. This morning is still overcast, gusty winds but dry. Water and power back on. Roseau opening for business slowly this morning, although school has been cancelled today.
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 23:48EDT] - John vassallo reporting from Dominica:
We are getting the winds now. Georges is now catIII. Things are starting to blow around. The tinfoil on the window is now consistantly rattling. I don't know what to expect. We could get a lot of damage or slight. We'll see. No rain yet. winds are about 40mph. Power may be out soon. Lights are begining to flicker. I am trying to get andy's computer online so that we can use his battery, mine is shot. My buddy tony in Detroit is walking us through repairs, even as I type. So i am doing three things watching the weather updates,taking orders from tony, and writing you all. I have a very sophisticated wind estimation system. It's my drooping clothes line outside my door. I am checking the clothes pins and angle so often. they were just hanging there a few hour ago, hold on lets see em. they are almost parallel. 11:49 Rain is now here. I am going to sent his out now so if power goes at least I will get this out
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 17:08EDT] - Abigail N. Cooles reporting from Dominica:
It seems that the bad weather we got earlier this afternoon was just a "runaway finger" from Georges, and nothing to do with Him as such.. The seas however on the Atlantic side of the island seem to be amazingly high, with people calling into the radio stations saying that they haven't never seen the sea so high since Hurricane David in 1979.!! I live on the Caribbean side (West Coast) and the sea here is still more or less like a pond. We however never see any high seas until the hurricane has come into the Caribbean sea. The sky round here had got quite dark a couple of hours ago, but it's brightened up now. Many people are saying that that bad weather we had about 3:00pm, was the hurricane and as a result are leaving the hurricane shelters and going sight-seeing.. National radio and the Dominican Met Office are telling everyone that it's not over yet!! Hopefully, they will have all gone back to the shelters by 8 - 9, when we are forecast to have the bad weather coming in.. Morale seems to be high, with lots of prayers coming from all over the island.. The main occupation however is just waiting and waiting.. News I just heard on the radio, a village up in the north (Good Hope) has lost their fishing complex, losing all their equipment. Some coastal roads on the other side of the island have also had roads damaged, and it seems that many trees have lost their leaves.... that's it for now..
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 16:42EDT] - Roderick Rolle reporting from Dominica:
Rough seas on eastern side of island (Atlantic Ocean). Occasionally little rain. Wind below 10 mph. Rsesdents have been taking precautions, securing homes, moving to hurricane shelters. Coastal road near Airport impassable.
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 13:19EDT] - Steve McCabe reporting from Dominica:
4:00pm. Listening to the radio suggests that the conditions are similar around the island to those we are experiencing here in Roseau - very calm, some slight showers. Basically, deceptively calm. The sea is rough in the north east, esp. near Melville Hall airport, where the sea is throwing debris across the coast road.
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 14:52EDT] - Abigail N. Cooles reporting from Dominica:
The North of Dominica seems to be already affected by Georges. According to the radio they are already having high winds, causing trees to fall, heavy rains, and the seas (one caller said that there were 12 ft waves) are already damaging roads. However, down here in Roseau, the conditions are the same as they have been all day, overcast, very still, humid and hot. Most of the shelters are now open, but there was some confusion in some villages and areas, as to where exactly the shelters were!! It seems that we will not be experiencing the eye of Georges, but Dominicans are preparing for hurricane force winds; and are taking all precautions!! Hopefully, there will not be too much damage, and all villages have a disaster committee which will co'ordinate rescue efforts if the worst should come to the worst. This morning there was a sort of festive atmosphere around, as people were just waiting for something to happen; now however, as the storm gets closer, and is already affecting North-Easterly parts of Dominica, everyone is sort of battening down the hatches.. Some schools have been cancelled for tomorrow, and it's expected that the rest will follow suit.. I'm going to go and put some more nails in the shutters now in anticipation of the winds which should be affecting us within about an hour, give or take.. Good luck to everyone wherever you are!!
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 12:37EDT] - Steve McCabe reporting from Dominica:
Roseau, 12:30 It remains dry, very still, quite bright, but looking at mountains to the east the clouds seem a lot lower and moving from north... The water company is currently shutting off water supplies around the island. Driving into Roseau I was pleased to see a couple of games of football going on, and the usual Sunday morning vendors were selling coconut water.
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 07:49EDT] - Steve McCabe reporting from Dominica:
Roseau, Dominica, 8:40 AM Sunday. Heavy rains are now falling in the south of the island. Winds still very slight.
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 07:27EDT] - Steve McCabe reporting from Dominica:
Roseau, Dominica, 8 AM Sunday. The blue skies of the last few days have been replaced by ominous black clouds, esp. looking north and east. A few showers can be seen towards the north. Winds still light. Driving through Roseau this morning, many shop windows are now boarded up and the city is quiet. The Caribbean sea is calm with very little swell.
[Sat, 19 Sep 1998 22:12EDT] - Abigail N. Cooles reporting from Dominica:
Dominica tonight is really calm and really quiet.. The skies are so clear, it's April weather!! The quietness seems a big uncanny though. This afternoon, Roseau was much the same as normal, dominioes and b-bq's setting up on the sides of the streets. By evening however many houses were being boarded up and there was a general sense of purpose and necessity along with the noise of hammering and chain saws.The streets in the coastal areas round Roseau are all filled with the fishing boats, which were all brought in this afternoon. Many shops, especially the smaller ones stayed open very late, the larger ones were closed, due to the potential possibility of looting!! The Prime Minister, Edison James, addressed the nation at 6 this evening, and advised everyone to pray.. Many churches as a consequence appeared to be holding prayer services along with the normal Saturday night mass.. There is alot of uncertainty about however, as to when the hurricane is coming and what sort of damage we'll be going to get.. Many people seem to be planning on staying at home instead of going to the shelters due to this apparent doubtfulness... The weather has been so beautiful, one would never realise that there's such a monster storm just out there!! We haven't had such a nice day here for a very long time.. I wish everyone luck in the rest of the Caribbean, as I'm not too sure whether or not I'll be able to get online tomorrow.. I hope everything goes ok, wherever Georges decides "to pay a visit", to use the words of DBS Radio here in Dominica.. Keep safe and may God be with us all...
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