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From: Philip DELOS
Date: Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM
Guadeloupe has been concerned by the effects of tropical storm Erika since last night when it suddenly started to rain at about 2 a.m. first striking the tiny island of La Desirade and extending then to the East of Grande-Terre. Heavy rainfalls came along with loud and lasting thunder all night long and strong sustained winds and gusts. Rain kept on falling all the day long until now, which caused sudden floods in Basse-Terre by submerging thus some other floodplains.
Lots of trees have been reported to be strewing the ground and a few countryside roads, but fortunately no injured people have been reported to us. As most of the population was prepared consequently to the previous warning of hurricane Danny. The French authorities and weather services have only declared a medium warning as an "Orange Alert", while the French island of Saint-Martin was under a "Red Alert" warning.
The sea was very rough and has mostly hit the vulnerable sandy seashores and beaches of the atlantic side during the night and now striking the Caribbean sea side.
Most of the stores and public services stayed open and operational as people could keep having a normal life this Thursday. Erika is now moving away as only a drizzling rain is falling from a very cloudy grey sky here in Le Moule.