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You can find other updates on Facebook. I located two active groups, one for Long Island and one for San Salvador. I have also shared some of other people's pictures on our Facebook-page. If you know of other sources, email gert@gobeach.com and I will add it here. -Gert

- Fwd: Hurricane Joaquin -- Long Island north end
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:11:07 -0700
Long Island
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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David
Date: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM
Subject: Hurricane Joaquin -- Long Island north end
To: "gert at gobeach.com" <gert at gobeach.com>







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- Fwd: Hurricane Joaquin damage
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:10:40 -0700
Long Island 
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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David
Date: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM
Subject: Hurricane Joaquin damage







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Just got back from Long Island after accompanying my Dad for his winter sojourn.

We're located between Simms and Stella Maris and, as many have already stated, 
fared much better than the South end, which was devastated, as the eye missed 
us by about 80km. Still -- as you can see from the pictures -- a miss from a 
category 4 hurricane isn't really a miss, and it will take about two years to 
recover fully. Damage was just about identical to Lili in 1996, when the we got 
the eye as a cat 2.

All wells are contaminated by salt, no landlines, internet, or TV, house needs 
rewiring and massive cleaning from water intrusion (storm surge was about 2 
metres here) but it could have been much worse. We have electricity -- you can 
see that BEC has replaced poles and wiring, though there's lots to be done. 
This was definitely a big one...

David

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- San Salvador
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:28:35 -0700
More news from Sandra:
 Hi I hear they have the power plant running in Cockburn Town & Cell & Internet service from there
  BEC (Power) Making there way North  on the Island. So beginning to Progress somewhat. More Help coming in this Week from other Islands. Sandra .

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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com


- Long Island, Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:10:14 -0400

Good Day,


I'm back, finally! Enjoying this bright and sunny Sunday.


Was hoping to update during the storm, but everything went to hell so quickly.

Made a few notes;


It's here!

Wind and rain.

Brutal assault! 

12 midnight

Cell sites down

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Then, at about 8:00am Friday morning

OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!

(So terrifying, words can't explain).

IT'S HERE!!!!

Ferocious Winds from the East, non stop gusting at an estimated 200 mph

Water started rising at 9 am, pushed in-land from the seaside.

Hastily exited home for higher ground along with 10 other neighboring families, some being rescued by boat. One family was found hanging onto a tree.

----------------------------------------------------

All is well! Thank You Jesus!

Everyone safe on Long Island and throughout the entire southern Bahamas.

However, expansive damages from Salt Pond to Gordon's in the south.

Many roofs are gone, and many extensively damaged. Major flooding everywhere, resulting in so much material loss, (5ft of water in house, rewiring required), including many, many automobiles.

Electricity still off, lots to repair and replace. 

Water was restored 5 days later and is on for several hours each day. 

The telephones are still down, much repairs are needed.

Much, much, much needed and required. 

Thanking everyone both local and foreign for assisting us so quickly.

May God continue to bless and keep you all.

(Will send more pictures)


Before

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After
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E.M. Wells
Sent from my iPhone


- San Salvador
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:42:05 +0000 (UTC)
Yes was a disaster lots of damage to nearly all property I left the Island Sunday for Denver hoping my repairs will be done. The Power is still off on island & of course looting has started. Sandra.

- Facebook Pictures
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:37:59 -0700
I have just shared some pictures from other people on the Caribbean Hurricane Network's Facebook page.  Thank you, Carol Potter.  If you know of more, let me know.


--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Dead Man's Cay airport officially not open but aircraft have been getting in to it.
  • By William Coates <wjc at offshorerisk.com>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:11:53 +0000

 

 

William J Coates

wjc at offshorerisk.com

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- Bahamas update
  • By William Coates <wjc at offshorerisk.com>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:10:30 +0000

We spoke this morning with clients in Abaco and Nassau. No effect from Joaquin.

Long Island severely damaged in the South but Stella Maris is open and operating so it appears the Northern end fared better but we are unable to contact by landline or mobile.

We have been told some cell towers have been knocked down.

 

 

William J Coates

wjc at offshorerisk.com

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Offshore Risk Management

Insurance Intermediaries & Services Worldwide

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305 743 7711 USA

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284 494 8925 Caribbean

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Coverage is not bound or in force unless confirmed in writing by an authorized person from our firm or Underwriters.

 

 


- AFTER THE STORM
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <bahamastutor at live.com>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2015 01:43:38 -0400
This storm has left a trail of suffering and destruction in its wake. The southern islands of the Bahamas experienced winds in excess of 100 mph. Storm surges drove boats into wooded areas past the shoreline. At least one airport was rendered unusable.Many persons remain without water, electricity or telephone services. 

Several community groups in New Providence have joined with individuals and businesses to gather emergency supplies of food, water, clothing and medicine for those who have lost so much.  The Bahamas Defence Force has been mobilized to assist in the response and recovery efforts.

These effort will be ongoing as there is much need in the affected islands, including Acklins, Long Island, Crooked Island.......to name a few.  Bahamians in the US and friends of the Bahamas are all working together to assist in the face of this disaster. After this initial emergency response, there will need be  community rebuilding and recovery. 


Updates from one  of the several groups that is working on the relief effort can be accessed through the page below. WHatever help you can offer will be appreciated!



- Hurricane Joaquin
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:18:00 -0400

Good Afternoon
Despite not being affected by the Hurricane in Nassau as the day has progressed we are hearing that it has been catastrophic on some of our islands
Just by taking my car to be cleaned I heard that in Long Island houses are devastated furniture is floating and many houses are severely damaged.
There is concern from families based here and trying to gey word from families is difficult
We are praying and looking at ways to assist as soon as possible
Keep praying for us
Angela


- Joaquin
  • By Keith Bishop <keith at islandsbydesign.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:32:05 +0000
Absolutely no effect on Abaco , no rain no wind!
We are assembling relief to those less fortunate

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- Storm update
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <bahamastutor at live.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:19:05 -0400
The breeze has picked up on the island of New Providence. Reports have started coming in from Bahamian islands in the south. There has been extensive flooding and loss of power. The storm is moving very slowly and is associated with heavy showers.

Earlier today in New Providence, foodstores, pharmacies and water depots were crowded as folks made final preparations for Joaquin.
The Ministry of Education has announced that all public schools  will be closed this Friday. The College of the Bahamas will also be closed. Government offices will close by 1pm , as will banks.

Everyone is encouraged to complete preparations and to stay indoors , remaining alert to the track and actions of the storm.

- Long Island, Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 21:56:15 -0400
Weather intensifying, gusts are quite powerful. Still very little rain, 
however, can see lightening in the distance.

Praying Joaquin passes quickly and for safekeeping.

Thanks for all your prayers and concern.

E.M. Wells
Sent from my iPhone

- Bahamas
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:12:56 -0400

It is eerily calm in Nassau
Preparations are taking place
We are hearing that conditions are pretty bad South of us and we are praying for our fellow Bahamians
We are erring the side of caution and putting up shutters stocking up with water and canned goods
We are fully alert and not waiting until the last minute to prepare
I think all of us are listening to the radio checking the National Hurricane Centre and watching the Weather Channel
Thank you for all of the good wishes
Angela


- Hurricane Joaquin
  • By John Roberts <ghpsafari at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:08:49 -0400
Grand Bahama residents watch and wait. We have had some rain and wind last 
night and today.
We just hope the low pressure system makes the forecast Northerly turn happen 
soon and takes the storm away from us.
People are stocking up just in case but hope the preparations will not be 
needed.
Sue Roberts
Freeport
Grand Bahama Island

- Long Island, Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:29:45 -0400
Awaiting Joaquin's arrival, amid heavy cloud cover. Gusts are strong, but no 
rain as yet.

The Electric company shut the power down about midday.

E.M. Wells
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- Long island, Eleuthera & Marsh Harbour
  • By William Coates <wjc at offshorerisk.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 19:24:57 +0000

We insure aircraft in Eleuthera, Marsh Harbour and Long Island.

Everyone is battening down the hatches and expect Hurricane force winds between now and Sunday, depending on the turn and subsequent direction.

 

William J Coates

wjc at offshorerisk.com

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Offshore Risk Management

Insurance Intermediaries & Services Worldwide

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305 743 7711 USA

800 773 0105 Toll free US, Canada and US Territories

284 494 8925 Caribbean

661 310 3612 Pacific

+44 (0) 203 371 9167 UK

408 228 8937 Fax

760 875 9772 Fax alternate

Coverage is not bound or in force unless confirmed in writing by an authorized person from our firm or Underwriters.

 

 


- Harbour Island, Bahamas
  • By "Kimberly King-Burns" <kkingburns at convergenz.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:35:45 -0700

(Anne Ward) -- Quiet, very humid and not much wind action to speak of right now: the calm before the storm for sure. No rain today. Had one small squall last night and one small one this morning at 0545, and both lasted five minutes.  www.wunderground.com still shows CAT 3 and on to CAT 4, with general movement back out to sea, but as we know it’s a matter of how and when.

 


- Long Island, Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:34:15 -0400
Not much change since yesterday. 

At eleven o'clock last night, we experienced strong gusts, a little rain and a 
dip in electricity. With that being said, many communities are experiencing 
coastal flooding. 

Expecting the worst of Joaquin today.

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E.M. Wells
Sent from my iPhone

- Joaquin
  • By Keith Bishop <keith at islandsbydesign.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:40:30 +0000
Good Morning 
From Abaco in the Northern Bahamas, a few clouds winds light at 8kts from the NE
We are all hoping for that northerly turn 
Keith

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- Joachim
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <bahamastutor at live.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 01:22:00 -0400
There has been a gentle breeze and intermittent light to medium rain on the island of New Providence. Folks have been observed calmly making preparations... then continuing with their regular daily activities.

We watch and hope for the storm to turn towards the open ocean, away from populated areas.

I will update as the storm passed by  ( hopefully) or through( hope not!!) the Bahamas.



- Central and south Bahamas
  • By "Kimberly King-Burns" <kkingburns at convergenz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:45:59 -0700

Strong winds reported from Acklins in the south to Long Island in the central Bahamas:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT1+shtml/010249.shtml

 


- Hurricane
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:48:44 -0400

We continue to watch and wait
People are definately making preparations in terms of buying water and filling up cars
The weather is a little windy although it is hot and humid
We are monitoring the weather closely
Regards
A.Culmer


- Sea surge
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:14:26 -0400
> The Islands of the Bahamas

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> Overcast and breezy today.
> 
> Residents are stocking up on supplies at this time.
> 
> Photo of a boat ramp in The Crossing, near Salt Pond, Long Island.

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> 
> 
> E.M. Wells
> Sent from my iPhone

- Harbour Island This Morning
  • By "Kimberly King-Burns" <kkingburns at convergenz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:32:30 -0700

Harbour Island in the central Bahamas is reporting mild winds and minor flooding as it tracks the movement of the category one (so far) Joaquin today.

 

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Lord Dunmore Grouper, travelling editor at The Briland Modem

 

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- Joaquin
  • By Keith Bishop <keith at islandsbydesign.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:30:39 +0000
Good day
I believe our greatest threat will be from surge. We are currently experiencing 
unusual astronomical tide events. 
 I am on the island of Abaco so should be OK. 
I will keep you posted 
Keith

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- Update
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:23:02 -0400

At this point in time all is quiet. We are watching and waiting to see where the hurricane is going.
It is still very hot and humid
Will keep you updated


- Fwd: Long Island
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:37:29 -0700

From: Esther Wells
Date: Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM
Subject: Long Island


Good Evening,

All is well in hot and sunny Long Island Bahamas.

Just in from the Met Office:-

                                                 BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY
                                             Forecast Office Section
                                             P.O. Box N-8330
                                Telephone No. 377-7178
                                              Nassau, Bahamas

NEWS ITEM
THIS IS A NEWS ITEM ON THE TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION AT 6PM, TUEDAY, 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2015.
…JOAQUIN CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN…
AT 5PM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.0°NORTH AND LONGITUDE 71.0°WEST OR ABOUT 405 MILES EAST OF THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS.
JOAQUIN IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST NEAR 5 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 65 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND JOAQUIN COULD BECOME A HURRICANE ON WEDNESDAY.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES FROM THE CENTER.
ALERTS FOR JOAQUIN WILL BEGIN TO BE ISSUED AT 9PM TONIGHT.
PREPARED BY DUTY FORECASTER: GREGORY D THOMPSON
ISSUED AT 5:45PM, TUE, 29TH SEPT, 2015.

E.M. Wells
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- Just a pretty picture
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:13:34 -0700
No hurricane update but I saw this great image from the International Space Station on the NASA website.   Full story plus larger images at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86651&src="eoa-iotd


- Fwd: From Nassau
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:11:01 -0700
Another update from Nassau
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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angela
Date: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: From Nassau


Hello There
We are so grateful that Erika has dissolved. Preparations were made water bought,cars filled up and provisions were stocked.
We are ready, at the moment it is hot and humid with a few squalls.
We thank the Lord for all blessings.
Angela 

Sent from my iPad




- Fwd: From Nassau
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:29:36 -0700
Update from Nassau by Angela
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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angela
Date: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 4:09 AM
Subject: From Nassau

Hi there
We have been making preparations for a few days now.
Praying that Erika will not come to us but nevertheless stocking up on water and groceries especially after seeing what happened in Dominica
We have had some rain this week , could always do with more.
We have been kept updated locally and we are basically watching and waiting
Angela

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- Good Bye ERIKA
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <bahamastutor at live.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:19:07 -0400
Good Day, in fact GREAT DAY! The sun is shining and there is a wonderful cooling breeze. We are thankful that Erika turned away from much of the Bahamas yesterday. Residents made suitable preparations but are very happy that this time they were not needed.
Let's take a moment, however, to give prayers for those who were not as fortunate as us. Our brothers and sisters who lost homes and in some cases their lives, to this weather system.





- ERIKA on the way
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <bahamastutor at live.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:57:16 -0400

Good Day All, residents have begun preparations for Erika. We had hoped to avoid this unwelcome guest but since she is determined to visit several of our islands, it is best to be prepared.

Folks have been observed buying bottled water, dried and canned goods.  The sky was grey part of the day but the sun came out after all. We will wait for this weekend to quickly pass.

I hope I have nothing but good news to report !



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