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- Fw: Palm Island Resort Update
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 02:08:41 -0400

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donald Dagenais" <donalddagenais2@hotmail.com>
To: <huski@vincysurf.com>
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 4:29 PM
Subject: Palm Island Resort Update


> Dear Mr. Huskinson,
>
>
> I read your posting concerning Palm Island on Storm Carib and would like 
> to take this opportunity to relate to you our current situation.
>
> We still have guests in the Resort.  All our guests were able to return to 
> their rooms the day following the storm.
> We still have a jetty...and we had arrivals this week, and are  able to 
> function normally with staff pick ups from Union etc.
> We have only lost 2% of our Palm trees.
>
>
> All of our staff are presently employed, and working as a team to prepare 
> for our opening on November 8, 2004.
>
> Should you have any further questions yourself or from your readers, 
> please call us at 458-8824.  We do not wish to discourage our staff and 
> friends with incorrect information about our beautiful island.
>
> Don Dagenais
> General Manager
> Palm Island Resort
>
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- TravelWeekly Update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 21:33:18 -0400 (EDT)
Source: Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter - http://travelweekly.com

Sept. 16, 2004

HURRICANE IVAN ripped through the Caribbean last weekend and is scheduled
to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast today. Tropical storm
Jeanne, nearing hurricane strength, eyed the northeastern Caribbean on
Wednesday. Meanwhile, relief efforts are underway for the Cayman Islands,
Grenada and Jamaica; information is posted on each destination's Web
site: www.caymanislands.ky; www.grenadagrenadines.com; and
www.visitjamaica.com. In addition, the Caribbean Tourism Organization
[www.onecaribbean.org] and the Caribbean Hotel Association
[www.caribbeanhotels.org] have spearheaded relief efforts. Caribbean Star
Airlines launched an initiative with a number of musicians who recorded a
song dedicated to Grenada; proceeds from the sales of the CD and $2 from
each Caribbean Star ticket sold in the next two months will be earmarked
for Grenada relief. Cayman Airways is operating emergency relief flights
on a limited basis into Grand Cayman; Air Jamaica flew 30,000 pounds of
supplies into Kingston, Jamaica, on a special relief flight Sept. 13. The
airport there, as well as in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is open for business.
HERE'S A PARTIAL RECAP throughout the region:

i St. Vincent and the Grenadines . Raffles Resort Canouan Island, which
held its soft opening this summer, will reopen Nov. 1 and celebrate its
grand opening Nov. 20; Palm Island Resort, a member of the Elite Island
Resorts collection with properties on Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and
Tortola, reopens Nov. 8.

*
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*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
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- Hurricane Ivan - Bequia status report now avalable on www.bequiatourism.com(fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 18:43:57 -0400 (EDT)

Here's the address the Bequia status report and pix:
http://www.bequiatourism.com/news.htm


- Pictures Pictures
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 04:42:28 -0400
No more "Ivan Picture Request" please. I am having trouble keeping up.
 
It seems that most people don't realise that the link is contained in an earlier post so here it is again:
 
Here also are some pics from Canouan. Thanks Angelique:
 
Things are quickly returning to normal in Canouan and I am reliably informed that the Moorings base is fully operational (nice to know since I worked on the construction of that base).
 
Someone who would rather remain anonymous sent me the following information about Palm Island:
 
Dear Colin
 
Palm Island seems to have been badly affected by Hurricane Ivan. The hotel is closed for 3 months and would be opened mid December.
 
Someone who works there is on their way to see me to give more details and pictures and I would email to you.
 
And later....
 
Colin
 
I just saw some pictures of Palm they are terrible .  Apparantly the jetty gone, and all the roads leading to the rooms so there is no entrance.  Some of the rooms were sand soaked.  The person would have gotten in trouble if they left the pic.  Coconut trees fallen etc.
 
And finally, here are some pictures of Grenada sent to me by Oral Allen of AT&T Wireless St. Vincent:
 

- Emailing: after ivan 2.JPG
  • From: "grenadines" <grenadines AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 16:29:09 -0400
 
Hello Gert,
 
St. Vincent and the Grenadines survived with minor damage. This beautiful old schooner might be a total loss though.
I was in Carriacou on a yacht, it was horrible but no major damage was done.
Our sympathy is with Grenada.
Maria

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- Macaroni Beach Mustique pics
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 17:55:57 -0400
 
----- Original Message -----
From: fireflymus
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2004 1:47 PM
Subject: Ivan Picture Request

here are a few from Macaroni Beach Mustique (feel free to use them)
Stan

From the Firefly Mustique
Tel. 784 488 8414
Fax 784 488 8514
E Mail stan@fireflymustique.com
web site www.fireflymustique.com


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- Fw: Linking Hearts Press Release 2
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 17:49:29 -0400
I just this press release.
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2004 3:06 PM
Subject: Linking Hearts Press Release 2

Press Release
Linking Hearts Radiothon
Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
September 12 2004
 
The All-Radio Station Linking Hearts For Grenada Radiothon realized just over $90,700 in cash pledges Sunday September 12 2004. The three-hour programme, was broadcasted live on Cross Country Radio, Hitz FM, Hot FM, NBC, Nice Radio, Praise FM, and WE FM, from 11am - 2:00pm. Hosts Maxian Harry, Dion John, Cecil Ryan, Pastor Errol Daniel, Jerry George, with assistance from Muriel Gunsam, took 474 pledges from Vincentians in solidarity with our Grenadian neighbors.
 
Pledges are expected to be deposited to Account Number 124689 at the National Commercial Bank. These funds will be handed over to the National Emergency Management Office, the local representative of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency, and will be used to purchase much needed supplies for the citizens of Grenada in their time of dire need.
 
Pledges also included mattresses, pillows, sheets, clothing, food, bottled water, and building supplies. The Linking Hearts account at the National Commercial Bank will remain open into the following weeks to accommodate those who were unable to access the programme.
 
The Management and staff of the participating stations are grateful for the support of the Vincentian public to the cause. Our prayers also go out to the families of those who lost their lives in Hurricane Ivan's trail, as well as those affected in Tobago, Barbados, Venezuela, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands. In the words of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the lesson Ivan has taught us is that the beauty of the human spirit, which shines in times of disaster, must be allowed to flourish in our everyday lives as citizens of this Caribbean civilization, and result in a truly united Caribbean nation.
 
/rmm

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- [VIRUS-NOTE] Ivan St. Vincent pics
  • From: huski AT caribsurf.com
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 06:39:25 -0700 (PDT)
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- Hurricane Ivan - Bequia status report to be avalable onwww.bequiatourism.com (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 11:41:17 -0400 (EDT)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 10:19:12 -0400
From: graham_ montrose <graham_montrose@hotmail.com>
Subject: Hurricane Ivan - Bequia status report to be avalable on
    www.bequiatourism.com

I have heard from a friend on the Executive of the Bequia Tourism
Association that it will, today or tomorrow, be posting a full status report
and possibly pix on its website, www.bequiatourism,com.  This will be in
response to the many emails they have received expressing concern about the
island.

In the meantime, here are some of the main items:

- Bequia Express and M.V.Glenconner left around midnight last night with a
shipment of supplies for Grenada.

- Ivan seemed very terrible while it was happening and in the immediate
aftermath, what with downed trees, sand, salt and leaves coating everything,
water, both sea and surface run off in all the wrong places.

- Worst hit was the windward side of the island.  A number of roofs came off
in Paget Farm, La Pompe and Friendship.  Those businesses close to the
beach, Friendship Bay Beach Bar and the Bequia Beach Club sustained damage
to structures and Friendship Beach itself was badly damaged from the
heavyseas.  The Turtle Sanctuary at Park was destroyed.

- Otherwise, Bequia seems to have got off relatively unscathed, and we
should be back to our usual
benign state within a few days.


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- IVAN in SVG
  • From: "Real Gauthier" <ugoreal AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 10:48:34 -0500
NO-ONE DIED, SOME MINOR INJURES.  The Windward coast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, especially the Southern Grenadines got the worst of Ivan. Georgetown, Colonaire, Langley Park suffered the lost of several board houses and damage to other structures near the sea.  Other damage here and there across the Country.  Sea debris on the Windward Highway and the end of the airport have been cleared. Certainly the banana crops will have been severely affected.  No official reports yet.  Reports of the extent of damage in the Grenadines are not readily available yet but will be reported ASAP.
 
The National Emergency Management Office NEMO did a fine job although they had  problems with some shelters.  All radio stations did a great job informing people of  what was going on and people called in from around the Country to report the woes.  The E.T. Joshua airport is closed to night flights due to damage to runway lights.  Daytime operations are normal.
 
Ray

- pics and pans
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 04:09:30 -0400
I have some pictures of Ivan's effects on mainland St. Vincent. They will be bit much to attach to this email so anyone wanting to see them please send me an email with "Ivan Picture Request" in the subject line and I will email you a link to my Yahoo! photo album where I have posted them. I should be receiving some pics from Canouan soon which I will also put up in Yahoo! photos.
 
For those who have emailed me about thier reservation status at Raffles Resort and Tamarind Beach Hotel. I have been advised that those persons should get in touch with Markus Tschner, reservations manager at Raffles at telephone number 784-458-2117. TBH can be contacted at 784-458-8044
 
Many people have emailed me asking how they can contribute to the relief effort. I suggest that at present we all focus on how we can help our brothers and sisters in Grenada who were much more badly hit than St. Vincent. I know that a shipment of relief supplies from here will be sent down later today. Also, the local radio stations have joined together for a "radiothon" on sunday to help raise funds to aid Grenada. The radiothon will be on Sunday 12th September from 11:00 local time (1300 GMT). To listen live on the internet: Hitz FM: www.svgbc.com; Hot97.1: www.hot97svg.com; WEFM: www.999wefm.com; NBC Radio: www.nbcsvg.com.
 
If you can call and make a pledge, please feel free to do so.

- Thanks
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 21:28:21 -0400

Many thanks to all who sent in their best wishes & prayers over the last day or so, everything was much appreciated and I hope that most of the queries were answered.

As you know, St Vincent was spared the brunt of Ivan, most of the damage was concentrated south of here, Grenada suffering catastrophic damage to life & property. We have heard a rumour of 12 dead in Grenada but are unable to confirm at the moment.

Union, Canouan, Palm, Mayreau and Carriacou have all been damaged severely, there are no confirmed reports of loss of life or serious injury, but structural damage is severe.

Bequia seems to have been spared much like St Vincent, the ferries suffered damage and did not operate today, whether this is due to the sea conditions or severe damage to vessels we are unable to say.

The airport is now open, flights out are of course delayed and potential passengers are being asked to check with their airline for availability.

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Canouan from this morning
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 18:05:23 -0400

I tried posting the following information this moring but I was having trouble with the internet at work. The information was provided by Mark Williams of the Water Maintenance Department of CCA Limited

 

10:30 a.m. Canouan reports no injuries or deaths, but severe structural
damage all over the island.

On Raffles resort, there is damage to the guest villas, and the hotel
reception area. An estimated 2 feet of sand has been dumped on Surf
Side. That includes the tennis courts. The two offshore buildings of
the Spa site have been completely destroyed.

About 10 to 12 houses in the village lost their roofs.

Power is still out but water should be not problem as the desalination
plant stood up well to the weather.

The folks in Canouan say they have not been able to get in touch with
anyone in the surrounding islands, but radio reports here on mainland
St. Vincent indicate that Union Island, Myreau and Palm Island all took
a severe beating. There were many reports of house roofs blowing off in
Union Island.  Thanks to Mark Williams of CCA Limited for the
information from Canouan


- Fw: Mustique
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 17:57:03 -0400
I tried posting this earlier today but I was having trouble with the internet at work.
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2004 10:37 AM
Subject: Mustique

Colin:

 

In case youíve had other inquiries, Iíve heard that everyone is safe on Mustique.  Some were evacuated to St. Vincent, and some stayed behind and hunkered down.  The switchboard at the Mustique Company is now back up, from what I understand.  I didnít learn about damage to houses (except the one whose owner I reached, which faces southeast above Macaroni and had damage to trees but not to the house). 

 

Andrea 

 

 

 

- IVAN
  • From: "Gerhard Schermayer" <gschermayer AT ccalimited.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 13:01:07 -0400
Title: IVAN

Dear all,
As power is internet is back on, and power supposed to be back over the island in a few hours, here a small update from Canouan Island, southern Grenadines. We are quite lucky as Ivan move southwards and we wasn't hit that bad. A few houses collapsed and also a few roofs blown, but nobody insured. Even the rainfall was very lightly, as we get a wave last year in october and get more water in 3 hours then trough the whole grip of Ivan. As I said, we where fortune. My best wishes to all in his path, be prepared.

Gerhard


- Wednesday, 9.30 a.m.
  • From: "Barefoot Yacht Charters" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 09:25:22 -0400
We were very lucky in St Vincent, though reports are that Palm Island, Petit Martinique and Carriacou have suffered great damage.  All our yachts are safe and no damage here at Barefoot.  Just a few tree limbs down.  The surf on the outer edge of Blue Lagoon yesterday afternoon was something to behold.  Water is off but power was restored around 10.30 p.m. last night.  Now it's a cleaning up process and putting everything back together!

- Listen live radio from St. Vincent
  • From: colin huskinson <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 08:02:51 -0400
Most radio stations in St. Vincent broadcast live on the net.

Hitz FM: http://www.svgbc.com, WE FM: http://www.999wefm.com, NBC 
Radio: http://www.nbcsvg.com, Hot97: http://www.hot97svg.com

My apologies for not posting this sooner. Many people were able to keep 
in touch with what's going on in SVG listening via internet radio


- Goodbye Ivan !!
  • From: <guru AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 06:45:52 -0400
Prime Minister Hon. Ralph Gonsaalves addressed the Nation at 6 am 
today, the schools will remain closed, all civil servants are to 
report to work, and the commercial sector is expected to return to 
normal, persons are expected to exercise caution whilst getting to 
work, as there is still the chance for landslides, the normal roads at 
Lnagley park (north) and argyle (center, winward coast) remain 
impassable, however there are bypasss roads which can be used, an 
assessment is to be made of the airport, I believe some runway lights 
will need to be replaced, as the the coastline end was damaged.

I look forward to getting back to work, as we need to rebuild our 
country as soon as possible,

Haniff Sutherland


- Back to work
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 06:43:56 -0400
6.30 a.m. All warnings and watches have been discontinued.
 
The Prime Minister has advised that all businesses return to normal operations today, as far as is possible. The schools, of course will remain closed.
 
The world cup qualifying football match between SVG and St.Kitts that was scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed therefore the previously announced half holiday has been cancelled.
 
The roads are mainly clear with blockages in Argyle and Langley Park, both of which have bypass roads so there is no major impediment to movement.
 
There was no flooding in Kingstown as neither north or south river overflowed its banks. Driving out of Kingstown on the road to leeward I saw a few downed trees and blown off branches but all debris is at the side of the road.
 
For those who have been emailing about the Grenadines, especially the southern area, my friends in Canouan are just getting up and will be driving about soon. They will call me back with reports. They have also promised to try to establish contact with Mustique and the islands to the south.
 
At present AT&T wireless is down. Digicel up on the mainland but down in the southern Grenadines. Cable and Wireless, both land line and mobile are still up and have been up throughout.
 
I drove out to the airport this morning. Looks like no major damage there. Certainly no flooding. A palm tree fell in the yard of Richardson gas station and downed some power lines. That may have been the cause of the long outage yesterday. Interestingly there is a car parked right next to where the tree fell that seems to have escaped damage.

- Dark, wet and windy night
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 06:13:45 -0400
The rain is still falling heavily, and has been doing all night so it seemed.  The wind has dropped to manageable levels - just  the smaller branches of the trees moving.
 
We lost power in Brighton at 1pm just as I was posting another update and we were not restored until about 2am.  The other correspondents sum up the effects pretty well in SVG that I've heard from the reports.
 
The hurricane was probably at its worst for us about 3 to 4pm when the plantain (with a big bunch on it) and a banana plant both went over.  I hear from friends and family last night that there is damage to some of their buildings.  We will have to wait and see what the night has brought.
 
Our prayers go out to all in Grenada who have taken the full force of Ivan
 
 
 
Clare Ibberson John
 

- After Ivan
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 05:10:31 -0400
5:00 am The latest advisory from NHC in Forida does not mention St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I don't know if to assume that watches and warnings have been lifted. When I woke up at 4:30 this morning and went outside the wind was back to normal for this area. There is a lot of debris in the yard from the trees. The sea is still crashing loudly against the rocks just below us.
 
The sky is still almost completely overcast although I can bearly make out the brightest stars in the constellation Orion, not without considerable eyestrain.
 
We await the Prime Minister's address to the nation at 6:00 am to know if business places should open. Schools will definitely remain closed as most are being used as shelters and reports are that upwards of 1000 people are in shelters.
 
I am heading down to Campden Park in few minutes. I will report later on my observations as I drive through Kingstown. Will put up pics on the net and post the link to them later.
 
Thanks to all that have sent emails with prayers and well wishes. From all reports Grenada was hit very bad and they are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

- Power out in Canouan
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 21:50:16 -0400
The dips in power are becoming more frequent so I think I will shut down my comp. We lost a comp a few weeks ago due to a power surge under similar conditions.
 
Power has been out in Canouan for the last few hours and it seems that it may remain that way all night.
 
My thoughts are with the poeple of Grenada where three deaths have been reported.

- Ivan staying a while, it seems
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 21:25:13 -0400
9:10 pm Power has just been restored here in Cane Garden. Computer battery died on me a few hours ago. The Prime Minister in his address to the nation at 8:30 pm stated that 120 homes have reported damage (roof etc.). Even though Ivan is over 60 miles west of Grenada we are still under hurricane warning. Check the link to the satellite image in one of my earlier posts, you will see a well defined eye as Ivan is now category 4.
 
Campden Park reports conditions did not get much worse on the leeward side from when I last reported
 
Canouan reports that gusts are no longer hurricane strength but still high. Light rain. I am still trying to get in touch with somebody up at the casino.
 
Here in Cane Garden we are still getting strong frequent gusts and light rain. I went outside a few minutes before the power came back on. The effect of the wind on my body was not as bad as expected considering how wildly the trees are still swaying.
 
Power flickering again. Hope I can post this before it goes out.

- so long Ivan????
  • From: <guru AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 20:42:03 -0400
Night has fallen here and Ivanís howling winds continue outside, The 
entire island is without electricity, and may very well remain so 
until tomorrow, I took a drive at around 5:30 this evening out towards 
Calliaquia to check on a friendís boat, and apart for a few downed 
branches, nothing seemed out of the ordinary coming out of Cane 
Garden. However, as I rounded the crest of the hill where we can see 
the airport, the obvious damage to the seaward end of the runway was 
obvious, previously where there were barrier rocks has now been 
replaced by sand, and other debris churned by the high waves which 
pounded the shoreline mercilessly, we took a few photographs, but the 
rain was streaming down still, and all we got was a few blurry images, 
hope I can get a few and post them for all to see, or Colin may have 
better luck than me.
 
Kingstown seems ok, no flooding, (thank god) it was deserted except 
for police and a few guards. On the way out to Calliaquia, (where 
correspondent barebum operates from) the 3 Ė 5 foot waves pounded the 
reef, which protects the lagoon and Indian bay area, the boatyard 
seems intact, and the guard there reported every thing ok.

Now for the hard part, ever since the electricity went today I was 
listening to the local radio stations, and the reports kept pouring 
in, it seems that the windward side of the island has been hit the 
hardest, I spoke to my mom who lives in Georgetown, and was told that 
there was a lot of damage done to houses there. In some areas, the sea 
invaded the roads, making them impassable, the playing field there is 
in ruins, and every where there is a lot of hard work to be done over 
the next few days for life to return to normal. 

The Grenadines have been hard it too, lots of reports coming in from 
Mayreau where one of the emergency shelter was unusable, and another 
leaked, still the mere fact that no deaths resulted from this storm 
(as of this posting) is nothing short of a miracle. Over the island, 
about 35 houses lost their roofs, that number may very well rise as 
the official numbers come in, remember the tropical storm force winds 
are still battering us. 

I must say a special thanks to the National Disaster coordinator, Mr. 
Howie Prince, I think he and his team did an excellent job in getting 
this multi island state prepared for this storm, other islands have it 
a bit easy as they are on the same physical island, thus the 
logistical efforts are not as great.

The Prime Minister is expected to address the nation later tonight, 
earlier yesterday he made a special appeal for us to be our brotherís 
keeper, and he took the initiative to lead by example, I think 
individuals were thus motivated to do the same, as from the reports 
coming in over the radio, neighbors helped others where possible, such 
efforts I think were instrumental in making the passage of Ivan 
bearable.

Sorry the live feed was cut, although my ADSL connection stayed on 
throughout the storm, I did not have enough juice on my UPS to keep 
the feed going, (power generator next time) It shows the quality of 
the network which enabled all who use the service to get their 
updates, and keep others informed. Kudos to my employer Cable and 
Wireless SVD!!!

Hope to post another update early in the morning, or as soon as the 
winds die down.

Ps. while the webcam feed was up we had 1800 unique hits, with peak 
simultaneous users of 60. This was in the space of about 2 hours.

Regards
Haniff



- Canouan in trouble
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 15:25:48 -0400
More reports from Canouan. Surf Side, an area of Raffles Resort has sustained heavy damage. They are getting some very strong winds down there. I am trying to find some numbers in Mustique to call but it seems that Digicel is down and My contact in Canouan who has Mustique connections is not answering his C&W land line. Used my CW cell to get the latest updates from Canouan.
 
Got some Mustique numbers from my contact in canouan since I started typing this, but not getting through. People may have moved to shelters.
 
Power is still out and my battery is almost dead. This may be my last update for a while.  Thanks to Cable and Wireless for keeping me in touch with Canouan.
 
Here in Cane Garden we are still getting sustained winds. Trees under pressure but none have fallen yet.

- Windy
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 15:20:24 -0400

High winds here with very strong gusts, not as much rain as I expected. I can see a few trees down near the house. The sea is really moving, perfect for surfing !!!!!

 

Last I heard the windward coast is getting a battering with high winds and very strong seas. Power is off so trying to conserve battery on laptop.

 

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Bad picture
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 13:57:56 -0400
Canouan just called. Things are very bad there. A water tank full of water has just blown down. They seem to be getting sustained tropical storm force winds.
 
Power has been out in here Cane garden for about 20 minutes.
 
Brewery still in good condition
 
Just looked at the latest image from NASA. I am praying for Tobago. According to this image the got sustained hurricane force winds. Brace yourself Grenada!!
 

- Latest
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 13:08:23 -0400

 

Power is back on for now. Winds are definitely picking up, nothing sustained as yet but definite strong gusts, rain is still intermittent heavy showers. The sea is kicking outside of the bay and we have 2’-3’ waves on the beach.

 

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Ivan the Terrible
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 12:58:25 -0400
12:51 pm Thanks for the webcam link, Haniff. I was going to upload some of my pics of the the same shot and post the link. I will do that later.
Report just came in that heavy swells at great head bay have affected the airport runway. Canouan being battered, more wind than rain.
Brewery on back-up generator even though power was our for only 15 minutes. Getting some power dips. Roofs off in Dorsetshire Hill too.
Cable went off with the power and came back shortly after power was restored. Doesn't matter much for those hoping to get relevant information about Ivan from the American broadcasters. Ivan is being mentioned as an aside because of it's potential to eventually reach US soil.
I hope things not much worse for you guys in Grenada.

- Live webcam link of storm effects of Hurricane Ivan
  • From: <guru AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 12:26:24 -0400
All,

Baring electricity outages, you can view our live webcam looking out
towards Bequia  (South)and at times towards Young Island ( East)

webcam not in service anymore

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Please pass this link on to all your Friends

Haniff


- Getting worse
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 12:08:09 -0400
12:05 pm Just lost power in Cane Garden. Campden Park reports loss of power too. Strong wind gusts. Trees dancing like carnival. Canouan reports much worse conditions. Seas extremeley rough. Canouan Beach Hotel (now used for resort staff housing) reports four inches of sand washed up into the building. People have moved into shelters in Canouan
 
House roofs off in Belmont and Chester Cottage.

- It's Time
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 12:03:23 -0400

 

Power just went off, I suppose this means that things will now begin to get interesting. The wind had just started to strengthen too, now it’s gone calm again. The ‘calm before’ perhaps.

 

 

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Watching and waiting
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 11:15:11 -0400
11:05 am. I drove home at 10.00 am. Was able to drive windows down the first ten minutes. Intermittent wipers for the next five. Canouan reported at 11:00 am that conditions and not worse then a regular rainy day. They can still see Mayreau, Tobago Cays and Union Island. They have lost visibility of Carriacou and Petit Martinique.
 
Bequia is visible again from Cane Garden but seas are noticabley rougher and we have gusts of up to 30 mph. Campden Park reports that things are the same as when I left.
 
Hanniff's reporting of conditions on street was spot on. And great job C&W for keeping my adsl up and running.
 
Thank you Keith and Penny for Claudette's number in Grenada but she is not at home, I got voicemail.
 
For those interested in satellite imagery NASA has some good close up images of the storm affected area. Click the links below
 
 
 
 
 

- Latest
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 11:13:01 -0400

Still nothing to speak of yet, occasional heavy rain & strong winds, then periods of relative calm. Bequia is ok so far. Ivan seems to have shifted again, looks like the eye will pass between here and Grenada.

 

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- update on St Vincent
  • From: <guru AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 09:58:26 -0400
The rain has really made the difference in the weather appearance 
here, with some gusts of wind about 15 Ė20 mph, Earlier I went into 
the capital to assist a friend in placing sandbags in front of his 
building in Kingstown, at lower bay street in Kingstown all the 
fishing boats have been pulled up from their usual resting place on 
the small beach in Kingstown and are now in the street. Took a drive 
out to Calliaquia to the boatyard, and all the boats are lowered with 
their bows as close to the ground as possible, the rain was coming 
down in torrents, and it seemed a good idea to get back home, the 
street was littered with loose leaves and a few downed small branches 
from trees, especially from the bamboo trees at Caisson hill, 
overlooking the airport, ET Joshua is closed, there are sandbags 
lining the arrival lounge door, the patrol jeep is parked under the 
canopy, there is a lone security guard ensuring that things stay ok, 
my hats off to those individuals who have to work during the storm, in 
the harbor also there is also one lone ship which is anchored 
offshore. Spoke to a friend in Barbados and he says the wind has been 
blowing fiercely, and he was without power, looking at the satellite 
images, the larger bands are yet to pass over us, will continue to 
listen to the radio and will keep posing updates once I have power and 
phone (ADSL) connection

Haniff



- Rain
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 09:45:30 -0400

Very heavy rain, winds still moderate, cannot see the other side of the bay. Early days yet ………………………

 

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Heavy rain now falling - 9.45 am
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 09:44:30 -0400
The rain is now more or less constant with very heavy bursts.  The wind is picking up and has been gusting quite a lot.  Some of my border plants are already flattened.
 
Friends / family in the area (Brighton / Prospect) report a telegraph pole down out near the Low Cost but otherwise we are all waiting and listening to the radio.
 
Just had an announcement on the radio from the SVG police asking folks to desist from using the emergency phone lines for personal calls.......... life goes on still!
 
Clare Ibberson John
 

- Getting worse
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 09:19:08 -0400
9.15 am. Conditions worsening in Canouan. Strong gusts and heavy wind but intermittent showers. Sky overcast with poor visibility towards the south.
 
Worried about Grenada. Not many reports from there on this site. Can't get through to my friend in Grenada via Digicel and I don't have ther land line number.
 
Got through on Digi to Barbados. My friend in St. Michael says very strong wind but not so much rain. Seems like the parishes of St. Phillip and Christ Church are hardest. Power outage seems islandwide there.
 
Here in Campden Park each shower is heavier than the one before and the gusts are stronger and longer.

- Latest
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 09:02:03 -0400

Just heard from a friend who lives on the east coast, he is now getting very heavy rain and strong winds, looks like this is it. Bequia is now obscured by very grey rain clouds.

 

Thanks to all who replied re my comments about the various weather sites, the consensus seems to be that we don’t matter down here.

 

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Update
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 08:32:43 -0400

Still waiting for something to happen, it’s fairly calm again at the moment, heavy grey overcast, occasional heavy rain with moderate winds. I wish that the weather guys in the states would get their act together, I’m still looking at graphics issued at 2:00 and 5:00 this morning. If we were in Florida the graphics would be updated every 30 minutes, come on guys, we matter too.

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Showers
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 08:11:15 -0400
8:05 am. We are getting intermittent showers here in Campden Park (south leeward of the island), each one heavier than the one before. The wind is picking up too.  I spoke to Canouan just before 8:00. Most of the expatriate staff or Raffles Resort and CCA Limited are sheltering at Big Point Casino. Most local staff have decided to stay in their homes. The wind is picking up there slightly accompanied by light drizzle.
 
Sales manager just called me from his office to inquire about the 8:00 advisory. The earlier bravado seems to be gone from his voice.

- Tuesday, 8.00 a.m.
  • From: "Barefoot Yacht Charters" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 08:02:46 -0400
It's overcast with heavy, low-lying cloud and some light rain, with occasional wind gusts to around 20 mph.  The sea is pretty calm though there's a bit of surf building up around Blue Lagoon.  Latest reports indicate that Ivan is going to pass south of here which will place St Vincent in the north-east quadrant and thus under potentially stronger winds.  Also, Ivan has become more organised in the past few hours and winds have re-increased to 115 mph.  With hurricane force winds extending to 70 miles from the centre, it seems likely that St Vincent will experience quite a blow as the day progresses.
 
 

- Started
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 07:21:34 -0400

Rain falling here now in varying intensities, the wind is not too bad at the moment. Sea still calm & flat.

 

 

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Calm befor the Storm?
  • From: <guru AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 06:24:39 -0400
It is 6 am here in St Vincent, and at Cane Garden it is eerily clam. 
All around, there are gray clouds, looking out towards Bequia, I can 
see lots of clouds over Mustique, and the other Grenadine islands. 
From looking at the latest reports, Ivan seems to have wobbled a bit 
south, not good news for any of our friends directly in its path, none 
of these Caribbean islands can bear the economical impact of a storm 
as strong as Ivan, will do one more spot check to ensure everything 
around the house is ok.

Haniff



- Driving...not rain, though
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 06:06:13 -0400
I left home at 5.20 this mornig amidst a light shower and the trees in the yard doing a little soca dance. The wind is picking up. Five minutes later I was in Kingstown. Almost every building is boarded up, even the Police headquarters. Interestingly, the sanitation workers are out in their numbers, answering the Prime Ministers call for essential civil servants to show up for duty today.
 
By the time I got to Kingstown I could turn off my wipers and down my windows. No significant wind.
 
I am now on the leeward side of the island on the Brewery compound. It seems that our Sales and Marketing manager decided to weather the storm in his office. "Any safe port in a storm," I guess.
 
Weather conditions look no different from an ordinary rainy season day. 90% over cast sky. That is worse than when I left home. Still no significant rain or wind.
 
I just spoke to a friend in Canouan (southern Grenadinds). She says, "no wind, no rain."
 
Sorry Michael, no specific news of Bequia I will find out what I can and let you know.
 
The Government has advised all stores and business places to remain closed today.
 
Regards,
 
Colin F. Huskinson

- Tuesday Morning 5.50
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 05:58:29 -0400
Its raining heavily intermittently now and the wind is certainly getting stronger.  Large branches on the trees are swaying and the wind is audible.
 
Radio reports are that the hurricane is moving more slowly now, south south west and that we should expect impact much later than previously thought.  
 
We are still on hurricane warning so we can't even think of relaxing.  People who have spent the night in shelters all over the island are asked to remain there.  Its still safe to go out to the shelters or to safer places for the storm and those who have not done so should make a move in the next few hours.  Our plans are in place now however it seems that the water will not be turned off at 6am which is a small mercy.
 
 
Clare Ibberson John
 
 

- Quiet night
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 05:50:17 -0400

Just woke up, which surprised me because I had expected Ivan to be knocking at the door by now. The sky is very dark with heavy clouds building up to the south east, the wind is not too strong at the moment, in fact it’s surprisingly light. I can still see Bequia in the distance, just a vague outline. The sea is flat & calm in the bay and looks fairly calm for a few miles out.

 

Best Regards

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Fw: Moon and Stars
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 03:39:36 -0400
 
It's almost 3.30 am. I woke up a few minutes a go to find the sky surprisingly clear, considering....I can easily make out the constellation Orion. As I look south towards the Grenadines I can make out the outline of Bequia in the moonlight. Just to the right of Bequia I see intermittent flashes of lightning in the distance. Every now and then there's a wind gust that sets the tree tops dancing for a few seconds.
 
I have to drive to work in a couple hours. Will report on how things look when I get there.
 
Best Regards,
 
 
Colin F. Huskinson

- Calmer-For now
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 00:23:30 -0400

Real calm at the moment, had some rain around 22:00 but for now nothing.

 

Best Regards

 

Kevin Johnson

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Update
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 23:31:56 -0400
I just drove home at 11.00 p.m. If I didn't know a hurricane was coming I wouldn't suspect it. We've had a few light to medium showers so far for the night, but nothing out of the ordinary for our weather....except that in between the showers there is an unsettling calm. I just read the 11 pm advisory from NHC and checked the forecasted path. It seems that the eye is more likely to pass over the southern Grenadines now.
 
 
Colin F. Huskinson

- Windy
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 21:12:03 -0400

Just went for a stroll outside, wind seems to be picking up, not our usual steady breeze, has some strength behind it. Time to get some sleep soon I think, may not have the opportunity later.

 

Best Regards

 

Kevin Johnson

Concrete & Aggregates (St Vincent) Ltd

PO Box 2339

Kingstown

St Vincent, WI.

 

Tel/Fax: (784) 456-7765

 

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Calm enough
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 19:16:15 -0400

This afternoon we had some heavy rain with a good breeze, everyone at work thought we had been caught out and Ivan had arrived early, not so. Right now it’s humid & calm, our friend Ivan has cooled down a little bit but a Cat 2 is still a powerful thing to experience. Started to pack up a few things and protect the computers, tv’s etc. Stocked up on bread, cheese and the most important thing… rum !!!!!

 

Good luck to all here in Vincy and elsewhere who may be affected by Ivan, may your god protect you.

 

Best Regards

 

Kevin Johnson

 

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Update at 4.30pm - its getting breezy again
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 16:32:49 -0400
Wind has just started to pick up again - after a hot and still morning and early afternoon. 
 
All across Prospect/Brighton, I can hear the sound of hammering as people board up and tidy up.   All our plants are safe in the wash room and the garden is ready.  A quick stroll up the road saw everyone getting busy for what looks like a bumpy ride to say the least.
 
 
 
Clare Ibberson John
 
 

- Monday 12.30 p.m.
  • From: "Barefoot Yacht Charters" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 12:30:17 -0400
St Vincent and the Grenadines are now under a hurricane warning and it's expected that we will be feeling the effects of Ivan in the early hours of tomorrow morning.  Schools and most Government offices have been closed down and evacuation shelters will be open from this evening.  Local radio stations are broadcasting regular up-dates and providing advice to the citizens.  In this very mountainous island,  other than wind intensity, two great concerns are going to be landslides and flooding.
 
The St Vincent Coast Guard boat just left its dock and looked like it may be heading south.  We have boarded up all of our offices (Barefoot Yacht Charters) and are finalising the securing of our yachts.  It still seems a little hard to predict the precise path and although the NHC track places it pretty well over St Vincent, a small shift to the north or south could make a big difference.  It's very hot and humid here, the proverbial calm before ....

- Hurricane Ivan - Hurricane/Tropical Storm warning issued in St Vincent
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 12:24:13 -0400
A Hurricane Warning was issued this morning about 8am for St Vincent and the Grenadines for Hurricane Ivan.  Ivan is expected to be make its presence felt here on Tuesday morning.
 
The Prime Minister, Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, addressed the nation at 10am on the radio calling for calm but for Vincentians to take the warnings very seriously indeed.  He asked those with strong houses to take in their neighbours who needed shelter.  The Government Shelters will be open from this evening and people were urged to make their way early and well prepared.  School children (its their first day back at school today) have been sent home from 12 noon today.
 
The weather at the moment is hot and clear with not a sign of the impending heavy weather.  People in town are hurricane shopping (plenty of Crix crackers, sardines and candles) and the shops are being boarded up.
 
I am praying for the safety of those in Barbados and St Lucia.   May God protect all our lovely islands.
 
 
Clare Ibberson John
 

- Ivan
  • From: <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 09:12:49 -0400
For the first time in a while, residents of St Vincent and the 
Grenadines are seriously concerned that they may have a major hurricane 
with them late tomorrow and preparations are being rushed to 
completion.  As is usual before the arrival of a storm, the weather 
conditions are deceptively calm with light winds, flat seas and blue 
skies.  

The good news seems to be that Ivan is moving quickly and also that 
hurricane force winds extend only 35 miles from the centre.  The bad 
news, however, is that much of the infrastructure in St Vincent and the 
Grenadines may be ill equipped to deal with a hurricane of this 
magnitude.  

Local residents are storing water and stocking up on supplies, whilst 
the yacht charter companies are stripping the yachts and securing them 
as best as possible on moorings and with multiple anchors.

  


- Here we go again
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 17:08:38 -0400

So Ivan is now a biggie as expected, and heading our way. I suppose we’d better start to get ready for it, unfortunate really as I’m supposed to go on vacation Tuesday morning, ah well, c’est la vie.

 

Best Regards

 

Kevin Johnson

 

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Ivan
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 17:22:46 -0400

Mmmmmmm, ‘Ivan The Terrible’ perhaps ??

 

This one has the potential to be a biggie, and has done a dip recently. The projections yesterday put it to pass north of St Vincent, the latest put it right on top of us in 4/5 days. Hopefully they are all wrong and Ivan disappears into the atlantic to die somewhere away from life & limb.

 

We’ll see very soon

 

Best Regards

 

Kevin Johnson

 

kevinjohnson@vincysurf.com

 

 

 


- Re: [HURR] - Earl
  • From: "grenadines" <grenadines AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 16:22:39 -0400
Earl has passed, no major damage in Bequia. A few boats dragged their
anchors.
Winds were measured at 50 knots sustained with gusts up to 65. Winds were
from Easterly directions fortunately.
It is still overcast but the wind has completely died down.
Maria
www.islandtimeholidays.com


- Update
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 14:58:31 -0400

 

 

Skies are slowly clearing now, and for the first time today I can see Bequia. The bay is still brown and has a moderate swell, further out the sea looks rough.

 

All warnings/watches have been discontinued and the airport is expected to resume operations later today. No reports of damage in this area but I have heard of some slight damage elsewhere, landslides and some trees down.

 

All in all we were spared, thankyou. 

 


- Update - Airport staff called in and flights planned for later this evening
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 14:26:07 -0400
I'm very please to report that an hour or so from my last  post the weather has cleared further and it looks like St Vincent has been spared a lot of the predicted impact of TS Earl.
 
Reports on the local radio stations of damage include a roof off one building in New Montrose, flooding and landslip in some areas and also power outages caused by cable damage including New Montrose where the roof caused damage to overhead cables.
 
The only visible damage in my surrounding area in Brighton village are two papayas down.  Our neighbour just tied out his sheep again.  God is good. 
 
 
Clare Ibberson John
 
 

- TS Earl passing through Southern Grenadines
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 13:06:33 -0400
Radio reports confirm that TS Earl is passing through the southern Grenadines however St Vincent is not going to be affected as seriously as first thought at 9pm last night.
 
Tropical storm warning is still current and residents are being advised to remain in their homes until the all clear is given.  There are some reports of damage and trees down.   .
 
Currently the weather in Brighton village is very gusty indeed but the skies are clearing slightly compared to earlier when they were totally overcast and we were experiencing heavy rain with thunder.  We have intermittent power outages reported to be caused by lightening strikes.
 
Clare Ibberson John
 
 

- Update
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 11:00:32 -0400

 

 

It’s now 11:00 and we have experienced a lot of rain with high winds and some very strong gusts. Layou Bay is a deep brown colour with all the dirt washed down from the mountains. A friend in Bequia tells me that the winds are very high over there with strong seas and a lot of rain.

 

 


- Update
  • From: <zabs AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 11:29:20 -0300
We have experienced 42 knots winds and and are now experiencing 40 
knots we are avering 30 kts. It raining off and on. Rough seas. 
Thunderstarms are moderate. Damage has been reported. Flooding a too.

will keep you updated.

Antonio


- Update
  • From: <zabs AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 08:35:34 -0300
Hi Gert,

We are just beginning to get rain. Its light and the winda are 
avaraging 20 kts. The max is 26 kts so far. I will update you as it 
progresses.

Best regards
Antonio



- TS Earl
  • From: "Kevin Johnson" <kevinjohnson AT vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 07:09:25 -0400

 

 

Things are not too bad here right now as we await the arrival of Earl. Skies are very grey and the wind is picking up gradually, the sea looks fairly calm at the moment. A heavy thunderstorm last night reminded us what is to come later.


- Tropical Storm Earl
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare AT ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 23:31:40 -0400
Dear Gert
 
The PM Honourable Ralph Gonsalves declared a 24 hour Tropical Storm Warning  for Tropical Storm Earl live on local radio at 9pm this evening (Saturday 14th April) along with Howie Price, our Head of the National Emergency and Disaster Planning Agency.  The official shelters will be open from Sunday morning with St Vincent and the Grenadines expecting impact from the storm around early afternoon.  The PM advised all Vincentians to prepare for the storm and assist others less able to prepare.  He also warned that the consequences may be far more serious than Tropical Storm Lee in 2002 and finished by calling for the nation to pray during the night for God's protection from the storm.  The National Emergency Centre is also open and on full alert. 
 
Its just a bit breezy and fresh at the moment however we have had some rain and thunder.  The ground here is already waterlogged from a very wet few days including fall out from TS Danielle so we are hoping that the land will hold up and we do not see a repeat of the tragedy of 2002 when the Donaldson family were sadly killed by a mudslide during TS Lee.  The PM encouraged Vincentians to look around and if there were any signs of landslip that people should not take any chances and seek shelter elsewhere rather than risk regretting it later.
 
 We will all be getting up very early tomorrow to prepare to the garden and hope that all our trees survive. 
 
Regards
Clare
 
Clare Ibberson John

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