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- Lenny damage in St. Lucia (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 15:11:48 -0500 (EST)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 13:00:30 -0700
From: Sara Sommers <sara AT sailsara.com>
Subject: Lenny damage in St. Lucia

Hi Gert,

In noticing that there are no reporter postings to your site from St.
Lucia, thought you'd be interested in this URL to St. Lucia Star Online.
It contains a thorough article on the  damage from Lenny storm surge.


( http://www.stluciastar.com/november20/news3.htm#news1 )


up-to-date weather info via

- Tropical Storm JOSE
  • From: "Dominic Noon" <flash AT candw.lc>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 08:44:39 -0400
Hi all.
We have been having some heavy downpours throughout the day yesterday and last night. Since 5 am local the winds have been constant 090 AT 10 KTS. The centre of the storm is forecasted to pass over the south coast of Dominica at the moment, but the severe rain bands extend 60 N.M. from the centre. It looks like we WILL get some very heavy rain starting about 2 PM local. Ceilings are between 1000 and 1500 ft with 4 to 10 miles viz. There are some build-ups off to the east but not too many. They are likely to increase within the next few hours. The seas are calm to moderate with no major swells yet. Since last night the temperature has lowered a  few degrees ( unusual for this time of year) probably due to the system trying to strengthen. All of the pilots are watching the system closely. If it continues like it is now, then we will not move the aircraft off island. Time will tell.
I will update in a few hours.
Bye and GOOD LUC to all.
Dominic Noon

- JOSE St, Lucia
  • From: Frank and Ginny Capers <capersf AT candw.lc>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 06:00:18 -0300
Un-researched rumor has it that St. Lucia has only been hit by three
hurricanes in recorded history and certainly ALLEN in 1980 was the only
one so far this century (tropical storm DEBBIE in 1994 and other
tropical storms have caused much damage from heavy rain but without the
necessary wind speed to qualify as hurricanes).
As a result it is difficult to get Lucians very excited about forecast
storms, of which there have been many, and this certainly has been the
case with JOSE. Fortunately we, yet again, seem to be in for a miss.
School are closed today however.
This morning the winds are calm, temperature 83.5, barometer 29.9 and
steady (but down a little from this time yesterday) and 6 tenths of an
inch of rain in the last 24 hrs. here in Marigot Bay.
About 50 boats are tied off in the mangrove in Marigot, they are mostly
local day boats and charter boats.

Frank and Ginny Capers

- Quiet and calm in St. Lucia
  • From: Joel Crocker <marlinq AT candw.lc>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 00:29:56 -0400

The 5:00 p.m. forecasted track gave us the impression that jose was coming straight for St. Lucia, however the 11:00 p.m. update makes it look as though jose will pass more to the north. We had a few scattered showers throughout the day Monday with bursts of sunshine in between, and no rain yet this evening; however I would think we'll be in for some rain tomorrow. I had a briefing for the guests in our hotel this evening but they seemed more interested in the free rum punch than any storm or hurricane. We'll decide on what action to take at the hotel tomorrow once we've got the 5:00 am update tomorrow morning.

Best wishes to all of those just north of us.

Joel Crocker
Marlin Quay Resort

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  • From: Frank and Ginny Capers <capersf AT candw.lc>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 09:27:02 -0300
At 10:30 in Marigot Bay  we are experiencing occasional squall lines
with moderate wind and rain, 1/2 inch in the last four hours so the
ground will be saturated well before the big rains arrive, temperature
85, barometer steady at 29.94.
The disaster preparedness people are on the ball and have been on the
radio with the latest weather forecasts and have arranged an evacuation
of the Black Mali aria which has had some land shifting and may suffer
serious slides in the forecast heavy rains.
So far only two yachts have come into the bay for shelter and a few that
overnighted here last night  have actually left. This is a bit strange
as the Marigot Bay provides the best hurricane shelter on the island for
small boats.
So far not a lot of last minute shopping.
This is certainly one instance where the internet is of great value as
all 3000+ local netizens have instant access to the very latest weather
Frank and Ginny Capers
Box 337
St. Lucia
Tel 758-451-4422
FAX 758-451-4825

- Hurricane Gert
  • From: "Dominic Noon" <flash AT candw.lc>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 20:33:03 -0400
Time now: 20:32 LCL (00:32Z)
Hurricane Gert, a Cat 4, is about 500 miles to the NE, moving at  about 7 MPH to the WNW. Although we have not had much rain from it, the swell has already started from the West between 6 - 12 feet. It started yesterday around midday, (1600Z), and has been getting bigger by the hour. I will update when things change.

- Hurricane Floyd
  • From: "Dominic Noon" <flash AT candw.lc>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 10:24:39 -0400
Hi all.
Although Floyd is up by the Bahamas, in St. Lucia we have been experiencing some heavy down-pours over the last few days. The winds have changed due to the system. Not much else has happened down here.Just thought I would let you know how it  is affecting us further south...just to show the SIZE of the system.
Good luck.

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