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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 00:29:54 -0400
12:25am .... The conditions we are experiencing tonight are among the worst 
i've ever witnessed in mid-January. Very heavy rain and strong gusts to 
tropical storm force battering the vegetation outside (over 45mph at least). 
It has also been raining almost non-stop since January 3rd. For a few 
moments I thought that we were in August or September with these conditions. 
I know for a fact that the tourists who came all the way down here for some 
sunny weather are very disappointed with this.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 22:13:06 -0400
Is has been raining almost continuously since about 1pm and the winds have 
gusted to over 30mph in the last couple of hours. The ground is extremely 
waterlogged and any more rain tonight will definitely induce some flooding. 
Luckily right now all we are experiencing is continuous but light - moderate 
stratiform rainfall and not the usual very heavy and torrential convective 
rainfall.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 09:03:20 -0400
The effects of the earthquake were experienced all the way in St. Lucia at 
about 7:45 am and lasted less than 2 minutes. It doesn't appear to be 
anything too serious here yet but i'll find out more. It has been 
exceedingly wet here too over the last few weeks as in the other islands. 
Occasionally heavy rains last week caused flash flooding but I don't think 
that we got as much rain as some of the other islands. Friday and Saturday 
were very sunny but more dark clouds have started to build up this morning.

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- MATTHEW?
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 16:04:05 -0400
This next one looks large and threatening. It could be another "big one". 
Lets hope he turns north early like his older brother Karl did. . . . .

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 15:56:45 -0400
This year's hurricane season continues to display an immense amount of 
tropical cyclone activity. It resemble's that of 1995. I have never 
witnessed such a vicious parade of cyclones in the Atlantic like this since 
I started monitoring the hurricane seasons 5 years ago. In fact the only 
difference between the hurricane seasons of 2004 and 1995 is that by today 
September 19th, 13 named storms had already formed in 1995 compared to 11 in 
2004. No other season since then has seen so much activity by this date. But 
guess what .... our 12 storm is about to be born in the far Eastern 
Atlantic. A strong tropical wave located at 13.2n, 32.6w has been upgraded 
to tropical depression #13 and it is expected to become Lisa (the 12th named 
storm) in a day or two. The official advisory will be issued at 5pm today. 
If things continue going as they are now we could have 4 cyclones roaming 
the Atlantic at once sometime this week as there is another system under 
investigation a few hundred miles south of the Cape Verde Islands. This 
would be the 1st time since September 23rd - 27th (subject to correction) 
that 4 cyclones existed at the same time. Coincidentally, the names of those 
4 storms were Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl.  Hurricane Georges was over 
the Straits of Florida, Hurricane Ivan was over the North Atlantic 
west-southwest of the Azores, Hurricane Jeanne was over the tropical 
Atlantic about midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles and Hurricane 
Karl was east-southeast of Bermuda.

Back home to St. Lucia, the weather could not be better in the midst of such 
an active season. It's very hot and dry but we thank God that none of those 
powerful systems have not locked their dial on 14n 61w so far and we hope it 
stays that way at least for this season.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 19:38:32 -0400
It couldn't be a more beautiful week here weather-wise especially at this 
time of year. Let's hope it stays that way and that it doesn't become a 
September to remember. The good news tonight is that there isn't anything 
more beautiful on satellite pictures than a major hurricane in the middle of 
the Atlantic Ocean away from all land masses and what could be major 
hurricane Karl in a couple of days is forecast to become another one of 
those hurricanes.

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- Jeanne
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 18:15:32 -0400
Well as expected from ever since yesterday, Ivan's baby sister is about to 
be born right in the Leeward Islands. TD #11 has developed just east of 
Guadeloupe this afternoon. I was away from home all day so I was unable to 
monitor the system today but based on my observations of the winds blowing 
primarily from the west all day, I realized that the system was getting 
better organized right over us. Nevertheless, have no fear, it is only a 
tropical depression for now and not major hurricane Ivan so it should be 
nothing more than a routine rain maker for the islands. It has been an 
unusually dry August here in St. Lucia. Barely and inch of rain fell during 
the passage of Ivan so a few scattered showers wouldn't hurt too much. 
Presently, the conditions are overcast as it has been since 9am today with 
light winds less than 10mph but the rainfall today has been non-existent.

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- Jeanne?
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 20:29:56 -0400
There is something else developing right at our doorsteps tonight and the 
computer models hint that this could be the "next one". A low pressure 
centre is trying to form near 15n 56w or about 350 miles east of Martinique. 
Whether is strenghens or not, a marked increase in the winds and the rains 
should be anticipated from Barbados northward from tonight.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 21:06:47 -0400
It's a lovely cool evening and the stars are out. The country is up and 
running. The commercial sector was reopened today and schools tomorrow. For 
all the tourists wanting to come to St. Lucia soon for a vacation, it is 
okay to travel. Damage is minimal. Entry into the country is hassel free 
like in normal times.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 15:27:53 -0400
Total rainfall amounts from Ivan were less than 1 inch but the winds reached 
70mph at one time. Infact more rain has fallen today from the outer rain 
bands than the actual storm yesterday.

I received 60 emails, which I have all replied to over the last 2 days, from 
well wishers, persons offering prayers and other persons worried about their 
family members here in St. Lucia. Thank you for all the prayers and they 
were very much answered as we were spared and may God bless you all and the 
citizens of Grenada.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 08:09:06 -0400
Based on an interview with someone in Grenada last night via cell phone, she 
said that very few trees are still standing, very few if any houses still 
have roofs on them and people got trapped in their own homes as their houses 
collapsed during the hurricane. I was told that the islands is completely 
flatened. There are people still missing. The city is in complete ruins and 
the whole island has suffered catastrophic destruction. They said that they 
will need all the help that they can possibly get. Tens of thoudands of 
persons have been made homeless by this hurricane which is already described 
as the worst the country has ever witnessed even without any damage 
assessments carried out as yet. There are no communication networks 
available except maybe cells phone service in certain areas. All the radio 
stations are off air because their buildings suffered severe to complete 
damage. The island has been turned upside-down. All of the Caribbean Islands 
including St. Lucia has been through a destructive hurricane or a deadly 
volcanic eruption in the past and we have all been able to pick up the 
pieces and start our lives all over again so together we will stand and 
offer all the to assistance our neighbouring islands need so that they can 
put their nations back in order where it belongs. I would like to tell 
anyone in the path of or within 200miles of the path of this dangerous 
hurricane, especially Jamaicans, to take this system VERY seriously.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 20:16:26 -0400
Ivan is now a dangerous category 4 hurricane with winds of 135mph as of 8pm. 
Gusts to 116mph measured in Grenada. Never before as far back as hurricane 
records exist has a hurricane this powerful hit Grenada. That is a 
terrifying bit of history which should give us an idea as to what to expect 
to hear from our sister isle when the light of day breaks tomorrow. There is 
yet another vigorous tropical wave in the Eastern Atlantic developing at a 
low latitude like Ivan did ....... I feel like I am in the middle of the 
1995 hurricane season with all this activity.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 18:37:33 -0400
I deeply regret to announce that the have been preliminary and unconfirmed 
reports that Grenada has suffered extensive damage. The office of the 
national emergency department has been destroyed and there are reports of 
fatalities. It is scary how a hurricane can turn your life unside-down in 
less than 6 hours. It could have easily have been us. The red cross here in 
St. Lucia is gearing up to fly to the islands south of us for assistance as 
soon as the all clear advisory is issued. At 6:30pm, the winds here continue 
to gust violently and the weather seems to be worsening again. Some of the 
intense thunderstorms in the core of the hurricane are starting to bulge 
northwards towards St. Lucia. I think we might be getting the worst now.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 16:25:09 -0400
4:25pm. Gusts very close to hurricane force and the power lines are having a 
hard time in the wind. Remarkably, it is not raining at all but it is 
extremely windy.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 15:43:21 -0400
3:15pm.... Tropical storm force winds hammering the island with 50 - 60mph 
wind gusts once again but not a drop of rain now. Lets say another quick 
prayer for Grenada and the Grenadines. I heard about an hour ago that they 
were receiving 70 - 80 mph winds and the southeast coast is reporting heavy 
damage already.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 10:38:25 -0400
10:40 am. Reports coming thru the radio that some roofs have been blown off 
in Dennery on the east coast.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 10:23:16 -0400
10:15 am. A heavy rain band over us. Torrential rain, 50 - 60 mph gusts. 
Leaves flying through the air. Birds scampering for shelter. It is getting 
very serious.

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- 8am
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 08:05:22 -0400
8am update. It is starting to hit us now. Heavy thunderstorm clouds are 
building towards the south and east. The wind gusts have increased to 30 - 
40mph at times and the little sunshine we had earlier has disappeared. 
Getting dark but this is nothing yet. I noticed that the winds are 
increasing rapidly at Barbados. This same weather will move WNW towards St. 
Lucia in a few hours.

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- 6 am
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 05:57:42 -0400
It unfortunately looks like the lovely spice isle of Grenada will be ground 
zero for a major landfalling hurricane in about 12 hours. Our thoughts and 
prayers are with you guys. It could have easily have been us. Infact it was 
expected to have been St. Lucia for many days. The hurricane just made an 
unexpected turn to the south overnight. We are starting to feel the effects 
of Ivan at 6am with a few more light/moderate showers and winds picking up 
and gusting to over 25 mph but not much rain fell overnight at all. There is 
a very greyish look to the sky at dawn with the clouds racing across the sky 
from the northeast. The seas have gotten very rough overnight and I can hear 
a constant roar of the ocean from here I am positioned about 1/2 a mile away 
from the Caribbean Sea. I imagine it is much worse on the Atlantic side. We 
do not have wireless internet in St. Lucia neither do I have a generator so 
if the lines go down or the power is cut, that will just about spell the end 
of my reporting.

There's something else forming behind Ivan also.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 02:11:13 -0400
I realized the weather was calm at 10pm so i decided to go for a little 
rest. A lot has changed since then. Ivan has made and unbelievable turn to 
the south and will stay well south of St. Lucia. Waking up to the 2am 
advisory reveals that the hurricane warning has been discontinued and 
replaced with a tropical storm warning but we might still get wind gusts to 
hurricane force in squalls. All of he prayers have been answered so far. 
Thank God. At one stage we were looking at a cat. 4/5 hurricane. Now were 
are only going to get the tropical storm force section of Ivan. Right now it 
looks like Ivan is all of a sudden headed for Grenada now. Our thoughts and 
prayers are with you guys. Keep safe....

2am conditions: light NE wind less than 15mph a few clouds but outside is 
very dry which means that no rain fell while i was asleep.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 20:02:27 -0400
A quick inspection of the roof and I found a couple sheets of partially 
nailed galvanise on the verge on the eastern side of the house. The 
direction the strong winds should blow from. We barely had enough time to 
fix that up before a moderate shower came down. Right now though, people are 
scampering to grocery and hardware stores for supplies. Many announcements 
have come via the evening news tonight. At present, some low clouds are 
rolling in and there have been a few light/moderate showers. Winds NE - E 
gusting to 20mph at times. Right now, a tremendous burst of heavy 
thunderstorms have developed near the eye of Ivan and this could mean 
another round of intensifying. Thank you for all of the emails and prayers. 
I appreciate it so very much. I will remember all of them when the hurricane 
is in full swing so that i'll know that at least other people are concerned 
about our situation. Lord please help those persons who are less fortunate 
than I am. Those without a proper home to stay in during the storm, the 
elderly persons and the disabled persons throughout our island chain. And 
may you spare our lovely islands from this potentially dangerous natural 
disaster.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 16:25:25 -0400
Disaster preparedness committees have been activated. The preparations are 
being made now. A bit late but it's better late than never with such a major 
hurricane approaching. No word as to when the airports will close yet but 
many flights have been coming in and out all day. The officials here said 
that the south of island will experience the strongest winds and heaviest 
rainfall. I'm located about 10mins south of Castries in the north. Most of 
the hotels are also in the northern part of the country so our tourists who 
will be riding out the storm will be away from the worst of the hurricane 
for all those who were concerned about them. Right now it is still a lovely 
afternoon, just a little more wind than this morning (15 - 20mph) and no 
rain yet apart from a couple slight showers.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 11:23:00 -0400
It's nothing less than a routine business day here in St. Lucia. Today is 
the 1st day of school and schools are wide open today. I was very irate when 
no announcement was made this morning so that schools would remain closed to 
allow people to prepare for Ivan. Those same schools are to be used as 
shelters but they have students in them now. I see no doors and windows 
boarded up. Maybe one or two people have boarded up but from where I passed 
this morning, I saw none. Everybody is about their normal business. I get 
the general feeling that people here in St. Lucia are greatly 
under-estimating the intense fury of this major hurricane. And right now, as 
of 11 am, a hurricane warning has been issued. Apparently, nobody has been 
watching the cable television stations from America (CNN, ABC, NBC, TWC etc) 
which are displaying the intense destruction that cat. 2 hurricane Frances 
caused there. Ivan may be even stronger than that. So don't be very 
surprised if Ivan destroys this country on his way by. Nobody is remembering 
the lessons we learn't in 1994 with a minimal tropical storm Debby which 
resulted in $250M worth of damage most of which could have been avoided.

As far as the weather is concerned, it is stunningly beautiful. Lovely 
easterly breeze, very hot, clear..... It's called the calm before the storm. 
There's no indication that the leading edge of a major hurricane is within 
150 miles of Barbados.

Thank you very much for all the emails and prayers. I will try to update as 
frequently as i possible can.

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- Ivan
  • From: "Marcus Day" <daym AT candw.lc>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 07:43:16 -0400
 
Looks like the eye of Ivan will pass between Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent
at about the time of high tide for Port Vieux Fort!! Not a good mix
 
Have not yet heard of how much rain this storm has. Anyone know?
 
I am in Castries and have drop down storm (and thief) shutters on most windows (installed in May!!). The other windows and louvers I boarded up yesterday. Went shopping on Thursday and have I had each of the children seal clean clothes and TP in a plastic bucket with a gasket lid. I am ready for some rock and role but the rest of the country just waking up to IVAN and the potential.
 
NEMO (chaired by the PM ) meets this morning to review plans.
 
 
 
 
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- its getting serious
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 20:18:29 -0400
The 8pm advisory has winds of 135mph and more intensification expected. At 
this time last night we winds were only 60mph. That is some of the most 
explosive deepening i have ever witnessed.

.....LORD PLEASE HELP US. THIS IS THE LAST THING THAT ST. LUCIA NEEDS NOW 
WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE HERE.....

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 13:00:18 -0400
Similar situation here in St. Lucia. Nothing has been said on Ivan via the 
media and it is already 1 pm Sunday. They didn't even carry the usual 6:30am 
weather report on one radio station and my radio has been tuned onto the 
nation's main radio station all morning. No mention was made last night of 
the storm on the newscast on neither of the 3 TV stations. Infact the media 
here in St. Lucia goes to bed on weekends so i'm not overly surprised. We 
are right now about 6hrs away from the 1st hurricane watches. I guess when 
the winds pick up Monday night/Tuesday morning the advisories will start to 
come through.

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- A bit of hurricane history
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 06:49:22 -0400
Nobody 24 years of age and younger in St. Lucia has experienced a direct hit 
from a hurricane before and this represents just about 40% of the total 
population. So the memories of the last one are mainly with the older folks 
who describe hurricane Allen as the worst hurricane to affect St. Lucia 
since the great hurricane of 1780 which killed over 6000 inhabitants in the 
Lesser Antilles. Since Allen, everytime a hurricane was predicted to hit 
here it somehow turns northwest and hits the islands to our north. The two 
most significant tropical cyclones which have affected us in the last 15 
years were tropical storm Debby in 1994 which cause $250M Eastern Caribbean 
Dollars worth of damage and killed 4 persons injured 24. It washed away many 
bridges and roads and hundreds were left homeless. And then tropical storm 
Lili in 2002 which uprooted about 50% of the banana plants on the island 
with 60mph winds. But i think this time our luck is running out by the hour. 
Ivan is at hurricane strengh and getting stronger and the forecast track has 
been virtually the same for the last three days.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 15:41:46 -0400
2pm estimate on Ivan puts the system's center at 9.0north, 33.7west or about 
1850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Winds have increased to 50mph and 
the minimun central pressure has fallen to 1000mb. The system has been 
moving towards the WSW today compounding our situation even more. Its 
present and predicted track is starting to resemble that of major hurricane 
Allen in 1980 with was the last hurricane to give St. Lucia a direct hit. 
Interest in the Eastern Caribbean should closely monitor the progress of 
this potentially dangerous situation which is unfolding at present.

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- Frances and soon Ivan
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 16:27:16 -0400
I am very happy that the northeastern Caribbean was spared the ravages of 
major hurricane Frances and also based on the reports from the Turks and 
Caicos Islands, it seems that they dodged the bullet also but my prayers are 
with the residence in the Bahamas especially San Salvador where the eye is 
passing over as i type and also Florida where they are still recovering from 
Charley.

But i am a bit nervous about the new system in the far eastern Atlantic. In 
fact it has already been upgraded to tropical depression #9 but the official 
advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5pm .. in about 
35 mins. It is located at about 9.7north , 28.3west and moving westwards at 
15 - 20 mph. Winds are sustained at 30mph. But the most alarming thing is 
that the official forecast track takes it west to west-south-westward over 
the next 2/3 days to a location of about 9north, 41west by Sunday. I think 
we in the islands might want to keep a close eye on pre-Ivan over the next 
few days.

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- Earl
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 22:50:58 -0400
Well apart from occasional heavy rain and 45 - 50 mph wind gusts Earl spared 
St. Lucia from his fury. No reports of damage in the north of the island but 
the south got the worst weather and i'm still yet to hear of anything from 
down there. I wonder how our friends in St. Vincent coped with the storm. 
They seemed to have gotten the biggest blow.

Good news that Danielle will miss us but is this pre-Frances that is 
emerging off West Africa now?

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 08:01:41 -0400
A tropical wave produced some vigorous thunderstorm activity here in St. 
Lucia between 2am and 5am this morning. The lightning and thunder were so 
intense that the power went along with them for a short while. Wind gusts to 
37mph were also reported. We're keeping a close eye on pre-Earl as it is 
forecast to pass near Barbados and over St. Lucia on Sunday afternoon with 
winds of about 50mph.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 08:07:05 -0400
The center of TD #2 passed directly over St. Lucia just before 6am this 
morning and the light northerly wind turned to a gusty southerly in a very 
short space of time. Presently at 8 am, the sky is completely overcast, the 
wind is blowing from the south at 20 - 25mph with gusts to near 35mph and it 
is raining moderately.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 19:37:21 -0400
A tropical storm warning is in effect for St Lucia but it has been a fairly 
quiet day as far as the weather is concerned. We had a few showers during 
the afternoon with winds from the NE - N most of the day. Presently at 7pm, 
the clouds have started to move in and we have 5 - 10 mph northerly winds 
and a few showers around. We are expecting things to get much worse after 
midnight but lets hope that pre-Bonnie will just bless us with a few showers 
and leave quickly.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 07:32:12 -0400
I'm keeping a close look at the strong tropical wave at 12n 55w. It could 
bring some heavy weather our way in 12 hours. Reminds me alot of the 
pre-hurricane Claudette tropical wave which approached us in similar fashion 
on July 5th - 7th 2003.

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- Update
  • From: "mike davis" <mdavis76 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 18:00:16 -0400
We had some of the most intense thunderstorm activity i have ever 
experienced here in St Lucia earlier today. It lasted about 3 hours and 
started about 9am. The rainfall was so heavy that a flash flood warning had 
to be issued for the island. The lightning was some of the most terrifying 
you would ever come across. Violent flashes of lightning struck at about 
every 5 - 10 seconds. To get an idea as to how severe the situation got at 
one stage, blink your eyes now as if it was the lightning and then count 5 
seconds and blink again then count 5 more seconds and blink them once more 
......... The most serious of this thunderstorm episode lasted about 45 
mins. The sky-splitting lightning was accompanied by some heartbeat-stopping 
rumblings of thunder as loud as i've ever heard. Nevertheless, we are in 
good shape right now. Inspite of the heavy rains, i haven't received any 
reports of major flooding as yet and apart from a couple wind gusts to about 
30 - 35 mph, the winds today have been generally light.

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