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- Lovely Day!
  • From: "Wayne Phillips" <waynemp AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 18:07:25 -0400
Good Evening,
There was hardly any rain yesterday and today was beautiful with lots of slightly hazy sunshine and refreshing breezes. Needless to say that all worries about possible flooding are now a distant memory!
- Wayne

- Update
  • From: "Wayne Phillips" <waynemp AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 07:42:43 -0400
Good Morning,
Thankfully, there was no need to issue any flood warnings overnight. Since my last report, the intensity of the rains have steadily diminished and have now stopped altogether. Though our met office have not plainly stated it in so many words, one can deduce that we are under a flood watch from the official forecast issued at 6 AM:
"Generally cloudy to overcast with showers, prolonged periods of rain and a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Residents in low lying areas should continue to take precautions against rising water levels."
Additional updates will be forthcoming as conditions warrant.
- Wayne

- More Flooding Likely
  • From: "Wayne Phillips" <waynemp AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 19:41:05 -0300
Good Evening,
In my humble opinion, the flood warning that was issued for Barbados yesterday (commencing at 12 Noon and ending at midnight) will in all likelihood have to be re-issued at some stage tonight. The rains that had abated somewhat during the earlier part of today have returned with a vengeance!
I will keep you updated.
Bye for now,
Wayne Phillips

- Grey Day!
  • From: jennifer pequeneza <sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 18:59:35 -0400
Today should have been partlycloudy with a few showers - but somehow
that changed very early on - with very dark clouds - winds shifting from
calm through the south then west then east then back to south - heavy
downpours with thunder and lightening - in fact right now here on the
south coast the rain is really pouring down complete with the lightening
and thunder..  hope tomorrow is a better day I am booked to tee off at
Regards Jennifer

- BARBADOS, 2002. 09. 24. WEATHER HAS IMPROVED..............
  • From: "M. S. Chanderbhan" <picrotoxin_sigma AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 20:01:34 -0400

Tremendously over the past 10 hours.  Damage assessment commenced today and as many as 100+ houses were damaged mostly in the parishes of St. Phillip and St. Andrew; roofs being blown off. 

 I am no meteorologist but I figure that this could have been as a result of the high terrain in these areas and also to the fact that the northeast quadrant of the storm (usually the part containing the most severe weather) past over that area. 

No one was fatally injured (thank goodness). 

 It was really heart warming to hear and see fellow Barbadians run to each other's aid in their time of need.  This is indeed the "TRUE CARIBBEAN SPIRIT".    On the other hand I think we here in Barbados need to take these systems more seriously (always keep your eyes and ears open at this time of the year). 

Finally, thanks to the Starcom Network for providing  live updates (on location) and listening to callers all over the affected areas during the course of that system yesterday.

Relative to the nasty conditions yesterday, all seems to be well here in bim.  Its now a matter of picking up the pieces, rebuilding our structures and fine-tuning our strategies and, WAITING AND WATCHING.

We could have been much worse off.....




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- The morning after update
  • From: "Steffi&Dan Schwan" <schwans AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 08:57:37 -0400
Title: Mabel

Hi again;
This a.m. the skies are still gray and scattered showers are falling. The surf is very high. During the night the winds here in St.Philip began blowing quite strongly about 3:30 a.m.  and heavy rains fell.  From my windows on top of a ridge,  I can see large pools of water in the fields.  139 homes were damaged but only 2 completely.  There was no loss of life.  This was a time of everyone being good Samaritans and helping out others in their areas that required assistance.  Schools are still closed to day and clean up crews and the government are at work restoring the island to its former beauty.  That is the closest I ever want to get to a hurricane.
Steffi & Dan

- After the storm..
  • From: jennifer pequeneza <sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 06:50:37 -0400
The skies here in Barbados are still very grey with a light rain falling
now and again.  Heavy rain fell through the night - but at least the
winds subsided.  Today is cleanup day - radio stations are asking all
Barbadians if they can to go out there and help clean up debris leaves
etc.  No school today again.  The seas around Barbados very dangerous -
all boats being advised to stay in safe harbour for at least today.
regards Jennifer

- marine advisory Info
  • From: jennifer pequeneza <sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 21:34:21 -0400
 Hi, My name is Rafe Clarke . I'm at Sydmouth right now. My experience
as a commercial diver, supervisor and salvage technician  in the North
Sea, Middle East , and South East Asia tell's me that this is no easy
storm to judge. Anyone in a secure location should  stay put. I advise
anyone who is on thier boats in St. Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
to secure thier boats and if neccesary seek safe refuge onshore.Good
luck Rafe.

  • From: "M. S. Chanderbhan" <picrotoxin_sigma AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 18:45:22 -0400





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- 7pm
  • From: jennifer pequeneza <sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 19:14:08 -0400
The wind has picked up considerably, the rain is driving along with the
wind - I think we are in for a long night.  Lots and lots of damage
around the island - tomorrow we shall see just how badly we have faired.
Power has been restored in many locations due to the deligence of our
Light & Power Company - some distress with boats in Oistens the fishing
Will stay in touch

- storm Lily
  • From: "Steffi&Dan Schwan" <schwans AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 16:02:08 -0400
Title: Mabel

  Hi  Gert:
  I live in St. Philip the most eastern parish in Barabdos.  The parish is the hardest hit with many roofs being blown off.  Trees have been uprooted and much debris has been deposited on roads.  the rain continues to fall very heavily and the wind is gusting very strongly.  The wind is driving the rain horizontally across the road.  It is alomst like a snow white out.
I live on a ridge overlooking the valley to the sea.  I cannot see the valley at all.  In the country businesses, schools etc have closed at noon.  The buses are still running to ensure all people get home. In many parts of the island trees are being uprooted and roofs blown off.  One reported that his neighbours galvanized fence blew into his bedroom knocking him on the head.  The galvanized fences around homes are being blown around and are dangerous to anyone outside in this.  Also these pieces of galvanize are being blown and are blocking roads.  Much debris makes driving very hazardous.  The emergency people are in place and are looking after people who have lost their homes. 
The member of Parliament for St.P hilip North Cappy Greenidge has been out all day in hos constituency helping people.   Our electricity is still on but has been blacking out for a few seconds at a time.  Some parts are without electricity as the poles are down. 
That's it for all
Steffi & Dan

  • From: "Gail Smith" <gsmith AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 14:55:12 -0300
3.00 pm Barbados Update
Conditions deteriorating ... airport closed...radio reporting many roofs off, trees down, and at least one house in St. Philip gone.General populace seems to have been caught out, thus traffic snarls are now a bit of a problem as everyone heads home.
The parishes of St.Andrew, St.Joseph, St. Thomas, and St. Philip seem to be reporting the most damage, along with loss of both electricity and water. Bajans are saying they haven't seen anything like this since Janet in 1955.
2pm . Local Met. Office report 
LILI getting stronger and slower. Centre is at 12.5N, 60.4W, 70miles SW of Barbados, moving to WNW at 20mph. Max sustained winds at 60 mph with higher gusts.

- 3.00 pm
  • From: jennifer pequeneza <sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 15:20:09 -0400
The wind gusts have been tremendous here on the South Coast - I have
been listening to the radio station with a call in show describing all
kinds of damage right through the island.  The rain comes through in
squalls - and is quite frightening at times when it is mixed with the
wind gusts. Everyone went home early even the supemarkets closed at 12
noon.  A very large tree came crashing down across from me a couple of
hours ago and the neighbours all went out with collins and cutters to
clear the road to allow other cars to get into their respective
driveways.  Lots of friends all over the the island have no power but so
far we are still up and running.  The airport should open again at
around 4pm to allow flights in and out - all flights subsequently have
been rerouted to Antigua and San Juan.For a tropical wave that was
deemed last night as unorganized and inconsequential to the island of
Barbados this is quite an eye opener.
Good luck to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • From: "Valerie Waltress" <khrystal6 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 14:30:07 -0400
Hi here in Barbados it is very windy outside roofs have been blown off trees uprooted power lines are down and there is a moderate shower here in the east of the island where I am living . When I came in from the office about  12:30 the power was off in my area it was restored a little while ago thanks to the power company.  I am surprised that all this damage has happened with not so strong a system , I hope our other neighbours will not have it to rough , right now the wind is howling very hard outside. I am hoping for a goodnight so until ,God's blessings my friends.

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- Update
  • From: "Dave and Jeanne" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 14:23:52 -0400
Title: Message
Good Afternoon all,
So it's Lili now. Seems like everyone has been sent home from work, I just got home and the roads have a lot of debris from trees. Some rain but not a lot really. Some wind with high gusts. Reports on the radio of trees down, roofs off and power/telephone lines down. Heard winds of 75mph at the airport have been recorded. The sky is quite clear at the moment. I'll try and report later.
Hold tight

- Fw: [HURR] - Tropical Depression 13
  • From: "Gail Smith" <gsmith AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 12:55:25 -0300
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 12:44 PM
Subject: Re: [HURR] - Tropical Depression 13

Update from Holetown, Barbados west coast. 12.30pm.
Winds gusting much more strongly since noon and reports of trees down and electricity out inland, to the north of here. Not much rain as yet. Seas running from south to north and lots of white caps showing from my vantage point,1km inland.
I wonder if Lili isn't a little stronger than most locals expected, although satellite images show the centre still south of us.
Gail Smith

  • From: "Wayne Phillips" <waynemp AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 12:15:13 -0300
Hi Again,
Residents in the other islands within the Watch area had better be prepared. Don't let the fact that this is only a tropical depression lull you into thinking that you don't need to be concerned about it.
This may be my last post until this system passes because I probably will need to shut down my computer soon to avoid any problems. Last year lightning damaged my modem and I don't want a repeat of that situation.
Anyway, the winds have been gusting since about 9 AM and they're getting stronger with each passing shower. Our airport has already reported a gusts over 55 mph. The rain, though not particularly heavy at this time, is now falling steadily and by what the satellite pictures are showing, there's much more to come. So far, at least one house has lost its roof and another has been damaged by a fallen tree.
All schools have been closed for the day and government offices were shut at noon. Most other businesses will probably follow suit.
Bye for now. 

- Update
  • From: "Dave and Jeanne" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 06:26:47 -0400
Title: Message
Good morning all,
Nothing much to report re number 13. No rain during the night and only minor gusts of wind. There are some dark clounds so it looks like it may rain soon. Off to work as normal.

- No big deal in Barbados
  • From: "Terry Ally" <terry AT terryally.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 19:28:50 -0400
The Barbados Met Office and CERO has played down the Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados. The state-owned CBC TV tonight had no news of it in its usual news segment.
During the weather news, the very last thing that was mentioned was ".... there is also a tropical storm warning for Barbados". It says to me that the Barbados Met Service and CERO has no confidence in the forecast.

- Pleasant so far
  • From: "Wayne Phillips" <waynemp AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 22:42:33 -0300
Hi Folk,
Except for some cooling showers, a few distant flashes of lightning and one barely discernible roll of thunder here in the southwest of the island, there's nothing to report. So everyone, go to bed now and sleep tight!

- Nothing much from T/D #10
  • From: "Wayne Phillips" <waynemp AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 19:28:22 -0300
Well, this morning we (in the south of the island) had some gusty winds and a bit of rain every now and then but nothing major. Also, I understand that the sea swells are around 3 metres but I haven't had a chance to view the ocean today.

- It's HOT...need some RAIN!
  • From: "Wayne Phillips" <waynemp AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 22:31:08 -0300
It's really been hot here lately. I know most tourist like it that way but may we have some rain PLEASE? Not a deluge, just enough to cool things down just a tad. Oh...and a nice cooling breeze would go well with that.

- Unusually quiet
  • From: "Terry Ally" <terry AT terryally.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2002 09:09:18 -0300
The "high season" is yet to kick in but it is so unusual for the season to have past the quarter mark and only one tropical depression of the season. Has any one done the research on this to see when was the last season like this?
- Terry

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