[IMG: Hurricane Georges making landfall on the Dominican Republic September 22, 1998; Credit: Dennis Chesters, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Craig Mayhew, and Hal Pierce, Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Georges - St.Barths

Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 17:59:34 +0000
From: Barbara Sitter (mustang@edgenet.net)
Subject: Re: Be prepared...


Spoke with my mother on St. Barths this evening (9/23). She spoke with
her friend who is in real estate, and it appears that no extensive
damage to any houses is apparent. Alot of trees, plants and bushes have
been uprooted or damaged but the homes appear to have faired the wrath
of Hurricane Georges quite well.

I have received many nice letters from people all over the world
interested in the updates I have been able to provide via my parents. It
has brought a new dimentation to my hobby of hurricane tracking and I
will update as often as possible. Thank you all for the kind letters.

Good luck to those who will still encounter Hurricane Georges!!!


[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 17:52EDT] - Barbara Sitter who has family on St.Barths reports the following:

     Just got off the phone with my mother (6PM 9/21), they appear to be
     fine. No apparent major damage to their home and the island. She said
     there are trees down and the power is still out, however, as I stated
     before they (island officials) purposely turn the power off so it may
     take a little while to restore.

     Hope all the other Islands faired well. Will have more information
     tomorrow. My mother did state that it had just stopped raining about

[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 04:42EDT] - Barbara Sitter who has family on St.Barths reports the following:

     I spoke with my mother on St. Barths at 4:40AM this Monday morning
     (9/21). The storm was passing over them and she called to let me hear
     the roar of Hurricane Georges. Of course, the wind subsided as we were
     talking but then I suppose thats a good thing!

     She stated that it had really intensified around 2AM and was extremely
     loud. They are fine and, according to the 5AM report, it is going just
     south of them. Of course that means they took the northern portion of
     the storm.

     The electricity is out on purpose while the storm is going through and
     will be turned back on and hopefully working after Hurricane Georges is
     clear of the island.

     I think we were very lucky that it weakened nearly 35mph before it hit
     the leeward islands.

     Hope all fairs well for the rest of the path.

[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 08:01EDT] - Barbara Sitter who has family on St.Barths reports the following:

     I talked with my parents on St. Barths at 7AM this morning (9/20). My
     mother said it was very still and quiet, maybe the infamous "Calm before
     the storm"?

     They have prepared for the storm and said that the planes on the island
     were leaving as we spoke. So who ever is on the island is there for the
     duration. She stated that during Hurricane Luis, the planes that did
     stay were over turned and damaged so there probably wouldn't be any that
     stayed this time.

     My concerns are obvious, this is truely a powerful storm. She said she
     would call me as soon as possible after the storm passed. They live in a
     home that is on higher ground by the St. Jean hotel, however, to high is
     also not good. During Hurricane Luis, this particular home lost its
     roof. Hurricane George is bigger than hurricane luis by at least 10MPH
     in wind speed.

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