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- TS Joyce Hanging On by a Thread, No Longer a Threat to St. Maarten
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 15:24:02 -0400
Well TS Joyce is hanging on by a string based on the 11am advisory, but is
not a threat to St. Maarten and the surrounding islands.

The Lt. Governor called for a petite Emergency Operations Committee meeting
which was held at 10.30am (Saturday) to assess the situation for the
weekend.

Everyone here is pleased that TS Joyce will be passing way South and is no
threat to the North East Caribbean island chain.

Conditions at the moment is cloudy to partly cloudy with some thunder and
scattered showers.  We haven't had any of those heavy thunder storms that
our neighbors in the USVI and BVI have been experiencing. 

The island is a lush green from the rains that we have been getting on a
daily basis.

Until later....
Roddy



Roddy Heyliger
Communications Consultant - Caribbean Information Provider

Medpro Inc. - Designed to broaden public knowledge by informing.
"The Value of Knowing First."

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- Cloudy to Partly Sunny on the Friendly Island
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 12:05:37 -0400
Its another weekend,.....
......and another storm underway, but still far away.
Still a nice day to go to the beach and wave riding on the jet-ski.
No need to worry about TS Isaac as he is still approximately six days away
from the North Eastern Caribbean island chain.  Between now and then a lot
can happen.
Otherwise enjoy your weekend.
Roddy

Roddy Heyliger
Communications Consultant - Caribbean Information Provider

Medpro Inc. - Designed to broaden public knowledge by informing.
"The Value of Knowing First."

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- Former TD#12, Now Tropical Wave, Brings Scattered Showers...
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 10:48:39 -0400
The remnants of TD#12 started early Saturday evening with small short
showers of rain, lightning over the horizon and some gusts of wind.  

Today Sunday, we continue to have gusts of wind, 3 to 5 ft swells rolling
in along the coasts, cloudy and off and on scattered showers.  Makes great
surfing weather. 

Weather conditions should improve on Monday.

Roddy Heyliger
Communications Consultant - Caribbean Information Provider

Medpro Inc. - Designed to broaden public knowledge by informing.
"The Value of Knowing First."

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- Nothing to Worry About As TD#12 Downgraded to Tropical Wave
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 14:02:41 -0400
Hi all,

Well, all eyes was on TD#12 last night, and this morning.  The NHC as of
1pm has downgraded TD#12 to a strong Tropical Wave.

Here it is partly cloudy and sunny with a scattered shower here and there
and a great day for the beach which many people and vacationers are doing
and enjoying.

Mariners have taken precautionary measures earlier in the morning by taking
their yachts and catamarans into the Simpson Bay Lagoon and the Mullet Bay
Lagoon in the event of strong southerly sea swells.

Otherwise, everyone have a nice weekend.
Roddy



Roddy Heyliger
Communications Consultant - Caribbean Information Provider

Medpro Inc. - Designed to broaden public knowledge by informing.
"The Value of Knowing First."

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- Ernesto Forecasts to Pass Well North of Island Chain
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000 10:58:37 -0400
Hello Again,
TS Ernesto has been born during the course of the wee hours from Friday
into Saturday, and based on the forecast tracking models, he is expected to
pass well North of the island chain Monday night and Tuesday morning at his
present pace.

Here on the Friendly Island it is sunny, partly cloudy and another nice day
in paradise.

From where I live I saw a couple of jet ski's passing up along the coast
and I think I will go out and do a little wave riding myself.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Roddy
Communications Consultant - Caribbean Information Provider

Medpro Inc. - Designed to broaden public knowledge by informing.
"The Value of Knowing First."

Email: medprocomm AT email.com


- St. Maarten Update
  • From: "Mary Jane Kolassa" <mary_jane_kolassa AT ypb.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 15:38:52 -0400

August 22, 2000
3:30 p.m.  (EDT)


		POST-HURRICANE DEBBY INITIAL ASSESSMENT
		FROM THE ST. MAARTEN TOURIST BUREAU


	Hurricane Debby passed uneventfully through the island of St. Maarten/St.
Martin this morning.

	Dutch St. Maarten Director of Tourism, Regina LaBega reports the following
preliminary assessment: "The island received very little rain from Hurricane
Debby and sustained no structural damage or destruction to foliage. The
airport is open and operational and cruise lines will return calling on St.
Maarten later this week. Inter-island ferries will resume operation once the
waters have calmed. We are all very thankful that our visitors, residents
and tourist infrastructure have come through this storm unscathed."
All of St. Maartenís roadways are open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
According to government officials, shops, restaurants and other businesses
have been invited to resume business operations today.
The majority of the islandís tourist, residential and commercial areas -
which are serviced by underground cable -- retained full electric and
telephone service during the storm.  For those areas with above ground
wiring, utilities are expected to be fully restored by early Wednesday
morning.
St. Maarten looks forward to welcoming with open arms the continued arrival
of air and cruise passengers to its shores.


Press contact, Mary Jane Kolassa, YP&B Public Relations, (407) 875-1111



- FINAL UPDATE DEBY
  • From: John LR Dovale <jlrdovale AT networkidl.net>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 20:37:54 -0400

OFFICIAL UPDATE - POST HURRICANE DEBBY (FINAL)
Hurricane Debby passed uneventfully through the island of St. Maarten/St.
Martin this morning. Dutch St. Maarten Director of Tourism, Regina LaBega
reports the following preliminary assessment: "The island received very
little rain from Hurricane Debby and sustained no structural damage or
destruction to foliage. The airport is open and operational and cruise lines
will return calling on St. Maarten later this week. Inter-island ferries
will resume operation once the waters have calmed. 
We are all very thankful that our visitors, residents and tourist
infrastructure have come through this storm unscathed" The preparedness
efforts for this storm were extremely well organized and implemented. All of
St. Maarten's roadways are open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
According to government officials, shops, restaurants and other businesses
have been invited to resume business operations today. The majority of the
island's tourist, residential and commercial areas - which are serviced by
underground cable -- retained full electric and telephone service during the
storm. For those areas with above ground wiring, utilities have also been
restored 
St. Maarten looks forward to welcoming with open arms the continued arrival
of air and cruise passengers to its shores.
------------------------------
In a final Emergency Operations Meeting held today at 3PM. The status of
operations for the preparedness towards DEBBY were reviewed.
11 Shelters were opened, only 4 were used by a very small group of people.
These shelters have now all been closed.
Schools will for the most part commence tomorrow. Those schools who have
decided not to open tomorrow, have made those decisions on their own accord,
as government has indicated the all clear for schools to resume.
There were no significant damages to any of the infrastructure - the
telephone services, internet and others.
The all clear and lifted curfew notice went out from the EOC and
Lt.Governors office at around 9AM and by 12 PM it was almost business as
usual. The first flight to arrive on island was the 4 PM AOM commercial
flight. Regular flights should commence as of tomorrow.
No deaths of any kind were reported- 23 cases of minor injury - many non
storm related - were reported handled at the medical center. During the rest
of today and tomorrow, emergency support staff will be working to get the
island back in shape - 



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Airport Blvd 95 Colebay 
St.Maarten Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean)
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- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann AT megatropic.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 10:17:49 -0400
to all our friends
the worst is over and the worst was nothing! I slept through most of it. Debby passed very close to us early this morning. maximum sustained winds on the island maybe about 60mph. so far I have not heard of any hurricane force winds being reported.
local radio station so far reports no damage other than to plants and trees and some minor flooding. the electricity is working except in some areas and phone service is good also. roads are all clear
check out www.laser101.fm
they are supposed to be broadcasting live
the curfew has just been lifted so we can go out and check things out
we lucked out on this one!
 

- Debby eyes sxm ?
  • From: "bikinibeach" <bikinibeach AT wanadoo.fr>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 07:17:03 -0400
I think the eye has just finished going by. So far the "backside" of the storm is not too bad. Still have electricity. No water in the house either.The phones are working.
After recent history a category 1 is a walk in the park.

- Debby does sxm !
  • From: "bikinibeach" <bikinibeach AT wanadoo.fr>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 05:26:47 -0400
It is 5am and I think that the eye wall must be near us. The gutters on my house have come loose (so what is new) I still have electricity and phone. It is raining pretty hard. OOps the lights just flickered. Wish me a happy birthdays folks, for real too.
I just don't think I ordered a hurricane as my present ! Will keep up to date as long as the phone is on..

- Need St. Maarten/Martin update
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 02:24:25 -0400
Please advise whats happening on the islands of St Martin and Anguilla.  You
guys appear to be on the northern side, at this point, of the hurricane.
Let us know what to be ready for.  Hope all is well with you guys.




- Official Update #2
  • From: John LR Dovale <jlrdovale AT networkidl.net>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 21:53:46 -0400
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for St.Maarten and the Leeward Islands.
Consequently the island government and its partners in tourism have
instituted the following safety and security measures in anticipation of
DEBBY.

*	As o f this notice, no international flights into or out of
St.Maarten have been cancelled. However, prior to the storm's arrival, the
government in conjunction with the airport authority will determine whether
to send airplanes to alternate destinations and to temporarily close the
Princess Juliana International Airport.
*	Inter-island air service between St.Maarten and the Leeward Islands
remains operational at this time.
*	As a precaution, the cruise vessel DISNEY MAGIC, Norway, and Monarch
of the Seas have cancelled their port calls for Tuesday and Wednesday.
*	Ferry service between St.Maarten and neighboring islands was ceased
later this afternoon and will resume when the Ports Authority issues the
marine all clear.
*	The Lt. Governor is expected to invoke a curfew from 12 AM (AST)
Tueday morning, and this will remain in effect until after the storm passes
and government emergency teams and officials can make a full assessment of
the aftermath condition of the island.
*	To prevent damage by possible downed power lines, electricity on the
island is scheduled to be interrupted in the early morning hours prior to
DEBBY'S arrival.
*	Phone services are expected to remain uninterrupted during the
storm.
*	The hotel, timeshare properties and villa rentals on the Dutch side
all have guests in-house and there is no mandatory evacuation planned for
the island at this time.
*	Deby is expected to pass between 50a and 100 miles South of the
island between 12 Am and 12 PM on Tuesday. The island is prepared for the
expected 4-6 inches of rain.
*	Both the Dutch and French Tourist Offices and the St.Maarten
Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA)will male a complete assessment of
the tourism product as soon as the effects of Debby have passed

The Tourist Office and SHTA are working jointly as per their Hospitality
Industry Crisis Management Plan on keeping the international media and
tourism agents informed on the island's level of preparedness.

All local SHTA members, including large hotels, shops, etc have been briefed
by the SHTA operations coordinator on the policy of operations and
cooperation during this event. There are a total of 2748 tourist currently
in hotels on the island. The estimated amount for the French hotels was
around 2200.





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John Dovale National 
Disaster Coordinator 
Department of Emergency Services 
Island Government 
<http://weather.networkidl.net> 
<http://www.st-maarten.com> 


- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann AT megatropic.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 15:49:51 -0400
Greetings from St. Maarten
businesses except for hardware and supermarkets closed at 3PM. curfew here at midngiht.
everyone here prepared..maybe overprepared if there is such a thing. People gassed up and bought so much food it looked like they would be holed up for weeks. everyone ..including me..has boarded up. we have been burnt so many times..we take every storm seriously now.
The latest news is good.
TROPICAL STORM DEBBY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER   8A
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
2 PM AST MON AUG 21 2000

...DEBBY CONTINUING TO MOVE TOWARD THE LEEWARD ISLANDS...JUST BELOW
HURRICANE STRENGTH...
 
HURRICANE WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE LEEWARD ISLANDS FROM
GUADELOUPE NORTH AND NORTHWESTWARD THROUGH THE BRITISH VIRGIN
ISLANDS.  ALSO...A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE U.S.
VIRGIN ISLANDS...AND A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH
ARE IN EFFECT FOR DOMINICA.  A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT
FOR PUERTO RICO AND MAY BE UPGRADED TO A HURRICANE WARNING LATER
TODAY.
 
ALL PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO
COMPLETION IN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA.

AT 2 PM AST...1800Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DEBBY IS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 16.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE  58.5 WEST OR ABOUT 200
MILES...325 KM...EAST OF GUADELOUPE.
 
DEBBY IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 22 MPH ...35 KM/HR...AND THIS
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR  70 MPH...110 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS MAINLY TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER.  STRONGEST WINDS
ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR OVER HIGHER TERRAIN.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS
FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND DEBBY IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A
HURRICANE LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT.
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 145 MILES...230 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
 
that means posibly that she will pass South of us and we will not get the maximum winds. It also means that she is traveling fast and will not have much time to strengthen. Earlier reports had Debby getting close to us by tomorrow morning.. now reports say by late tonight.
if she keeps moving fast, she'll be here and gone before we know it and hopefully not much damage will be sustained.
but St. Maarten is prepared..very prepared ...for whatever happens

- Preparing for Debby
  • From: "Paul B. Streng" <streng AT pilot.msu.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 15:16:20 -0400
Folks in St. Martin are buttoning down for the first storm of the season.
Had a telephone conversation early this morning and received email
indicating everyone is taking this storm seriously.  Wind is picking up so
wrestling plywood is going to be a no picnic (gusts to 33MPH at 10 AM).
Will update as I hear more.  

Keep the people of St. Martin / St. Maarten in your thoughts, this is the
7th hurricane in 6 years.  You can hear the weariness in their voices as
they prepare for yet another storm.  


- Official Bulletin #1
  • From: John LR Dovale <jlrdovale AT networkidl.net>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 02:06:01 -0400
Official Update
Philipsburg, St.Maarten August 20, 2000
The Island of St.Maarten is under a Hurricane Watch as of earlier today, in
anticipation of DEBBY <http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2000/DEBBY.html>.
 The storm is expected to affect the island in the early morning hours of
Tuesday, as such, preparatory measures are already underway. According to
the weather center on St.Maarten the present path of the storm, if
unchanged, should bring the eyewall very near to the island. This means that
hurricane force effects will be felt on the island. (note: this synopsis may
change as the storm conditions vary overnight).
The Island Government Department of Emergency Services held an Emergency
Operations Meeting to review the readiness of the island. All emergency
personnel have been placed on readiness alert and contingencies for
preparing the island have been reviewed.
Schools will be closed as of 1:30PM tomorrow. Businesses have been advised
to close no later than 3:00PM tomorrow. Hardware and Grocery will be
requested to remain open until 9:00PM tomorrow to allow those people who
require it, to do their last minute shopping.
Military support will arrive on the island tomorrow afternoon to assist in
preparatory measures, shelter management and security operations. Should the
storm show a high probability of landfall on St.Maarten, a curfew will go
into effect as of 2 AM Tuesday morning. This is a safety precaution. 
The St.Maarten Ports Authority has advised that any cruise ships visiting
the island tomorrow, should be prepared to leave port at around 2PM. All
additional cruise and container traffic to the island for Tuesday has been
cancelled in view of the present storm situation.
Anti-flooding preparations are already underway for the philipsburg area.
The great Salt Pond in Philipsburg has been brought to an extremely low
water level in anticipation of the expected 5 to 6 inches of rainfall from
DEBBY. Additional preparatory work which was undertaken on the Fresh Water
ponds ensures that proper drainage and flood control will be in place.
The Tourism board has been advised of the status of all hotels and their
guests. Normal airport operations will continue throughout tomorrow and
until such time as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Netherlands Antilles
implements an airport closure for safety reasons.
The Simpsonbay Lagoon and Oyster Pond marine safe haven inlets will be
managed by the St.Maarten Ports authority for all vessels who wish to anchor
in those safe areas provided.




=======================
John Dovale
National Disaster Coordinator
Department of Emergency Services
Island Government
http://weather.networkidl.net
http://www.st-maarten.com



- Debby!
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann AT megatropic.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 11:34:55 -0400
well, it is official. Tropical Storm Debby seems to be headed our way. It is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane and then pass close to us by Tuesday AM. This storm will not be a category 4 or 5 storm but it can still cause considerable damage. A  difference of only 30 miles North or South of us can make a difference in how much damage is caused.
Today is a beautiful day here.. very calm and lots of sunshine. The calm before the storm?
I know tomorrow will be a hectic day.. lots to do.. get gas, get water, board up,etc.,etc. There is a lot of work to do when one of these things come this way
We all will know more by tomorrow in terms of Debby's strength and Debby's path as she gets closer to us
 

- The Friendly Island Monitors the Progress of TD#7
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 10:30:50 -0400
Hi All,
Here we go again,....another weekend and all eyes are out on the Atlantic. 
Last Thursday the expectation was that TS Chris would be coming in over the
weekend, but he was too weak to make it.

Chris sister still in the birthing process seems to be a whopper from the
satellite pictures and bears watching.  The three-day track forecast has
the system tracking to the near South of St. Martin/St. Maarten late
Tuesday early Wednesday.

Between now and then a lot can happen.  So far, Saturday was a beautiful
day, partly cloudy, sunny and hot.  It was a great day for sailing and on
the beach.

Today, Sunday is another nice day and I will definitely go out and enjoy
it.  There hasn't been any activity of people doing extra shopping because
of the pending system.  Since its Sunday hardware stores are closed.

TD#7 is being monitored by the authorities, and if necessary the
appropriate steps will be taken if necessary.  The system still pass North
of the island chain by Wednesday, so there is no need to panic.  If it
becomes a hurricane, the forecast has it as a category one, which would
entail limited damage.

Until the next update.

Roddy Heyliger
Communications Consultant - Caribbean Information Provider

Email: medprocomm AT email.com


- A Beautiful Sunny Day on the Friendly Island
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2000 16:51:51 -0400
Hi all,
Today Sunday was a beautiful sunny day with clear to partly cloudy skies. 
The
sea is calm and many could be seen out on their pleasure crafts.  The
beaches were packed and it is safe to say that everyone has been having a
great weekend.

People have been monitoring the progress of Alberto, but it hasn't
disrupted anyones plans for the weekend.  Visitors to the island are not
bothered at this point in time and continue to enjoy themselves while
vacationing on the Friendly Island.

Peoples attention however will turn more closely to what Alberto will do in
the coming three days.  Otherwise continue to enjoy whatever it was you
were doing.

Have a nice day.

Roddy Heyliger
Communications Consultant - Caribbean Information Provider

Email: medprocomm AT email.com


- Government Takes Pre-Hurricane Preparations
  • From: "R. Heyliger" <heylrody AT sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 10:45:56 -0400

Hello All,

Today, June 1st is the first day of the 2000 Hurricane Season. The news about this years season being less active than the 99 season is somewhat encouraging. We will just have to wait and see, and just BE PREPARED!

The Island Government of St. Maarten/Emergency Operations Center (EOC) members have already held several meetings in May concerning the state of preparedness in relation to the port authority, the emergency services, the medical center, telecommunications and power generation, airport operations, law enforcement, fire department, department of public works etc.; and what steps have to be taken by the aforementioned.

The populace is well aware of what has to be done after experiencing year in and year out a hurricane for the past five years. Once there is a threat, the populace will take immediate measures to secure their family and property. I do believe that Hurricane Lenny once again has been a learning experience for many, and people will be once again better prepared.

The same can be said for the business community. Homeowners and the aforementioned must continue to take measures to ensure that their buildings and homes are "hurricane proof." At the beginning of every hurricane season, an overview of ones home or business should be done to see if there are any weak spots. Between the last hurricane and up until the end of May, measures should have been taken to repair weak spots that became noticeable after the passing of late-boomer "Mighty Lenny" last November.

Having said all of this, may we have a storm/hurricane free 2000 Hurricane Season.

Roddy Heyliger
Communications Consultant


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