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- The road situation in the South of St. Lucia
  • From: Christopher Kessell <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:42:56 -0400
I have received a few e-mails from people concerned about getting from the 
southern airport to either Soufriere or north to Castries.

The East Coast road is open but I believe that there is still a bypass road 
around one of the cuts, this will add a bit of extra time to the drive and I 
would hazard a guess that 15 minutes should cover the detour unless there is a 
lot of traffic. For those heading to the airport from either side of the 
island, at least an extra half hour should be added on to make sure that you 
can check in on time.

The West Coast road from Soufriere to Vieux Fort is passable but you either 
have to go further inland to take smaller more winding roads to get around the 
Piaye bridge area or ford the river itself where the bridge used to be. They 
have cut a temporary road down into the river and as long as there is little 
rain it should not be a problem to drive through the river. Heavy rain will 
obviously require the back road route.

The same I believe is the situation at the Canaries river crossing. Jeeps and 
pickups should have no trouble crossing but cars might.

Other than these inconveniences, the island is running as normal and anyone 
that was booked to come into St. Lucia should not be concerned as it is 
business as usual particularly where the airports stand. Both are in operation.

Regards,

Chris

- Live stream link for updates via DBSTV
  • From: Christopher Kessell <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:15:07 -0400
I got an e-mail from a Stormcarib viewer asking for more information.

If you have access to a computer you can view DBSTV live stream via this link: 
http://dbstvstlucia.com/dbslive
This is a windows media stream so will work easily on a Windows Machine, on a 
Mac you will have to download Flip for Mac and install it before you will get 
the video window.

- Severe flooding in St. Lucia...
  • From: Christopher Kessell <kessellc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:00:40 -0400
As previously reported St. Lucia has suffered from flooding the likes of which we have not seen since Tropical Storm Debbie and Hurricane Thomas two years ago...

Two major bridges at Canaries and Piaye have been washed away and these are bridges that have survived both of the before mentioned storms!! With the loss of these two bridges the Soufriere area has been totally cut off.

Vieux Fort has also been cut off as the major highway in the Anse Ger area which is near Micoud has been severed with a large section having been washed away.

The Hewanorra airport was flooded through the departure lounge and there is a rumor that there might be a section of the runway that was under cut and collapsed. If anyone can fly into the airport, it might not be possible to get to Castries until they can fix the road at Anse Ger.

The old concrete Taxi way that was built during the second world war and is presently used as the main highway into Vieux Fort has collapsed near the beach and is almost impassable.

The Bexon highway was also underwater for most of the night but is apparently passable as of this morning.

The electricity services is reporting that approximately 15% of the population is without power due to tripped fuses and collapsed poles. They cannot access many of these areas due to the bridge outages and land slides.

The water supply has also been affected due to blocked water intakes and damage to water mains.

This is in many ways just as serious as the damage that we sustained during Hurricane Thomas and will set back the reconstruction that was proceeding apace since the passage of that Hurricane...

Unfortunately this will not be a very merry Christmas for many around the island.

When the situation becomes clearer I will try to post updates.

My situation at Cap Estate is fine with no problems, power stayed up and I'm on the side of a minor hill so no flooding.

Regards,

Chris Kessell

- Stormy Christmas Eve 2013
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:20:06 -0400

Crackling thunder, wicked lightening and heavy rainfall ongoing all over Saint Lucia from early morning.
The city, Castries was flooded in certain parts making it a soggy and wet last minute shopping adventure for many. Bexon and parts of Cul-de-Sac (near the entrance of the former Hess Oil complex) were flooded creating a nightmare for motorists and taxi drivers taking the poor tourists who came for a tropical Christmas on tours.
Well, well, well! Just as I was typing this last bit about folding, the lights went off, came back on and then died. Yes I had the
Lights on at 4:05pm because it is so dark and densely overcast with rumbles in the background.
I feel sad for all those whose homes were flooded today. They won't be having a very merry Christmas.  Praying that the Soufriere river doesn't overflow either otherwise my home would be in danger of flooding too.
Regardless of the weather, I am still in the Christmas spirit and i'm getting ready for midnight mass tonight. The birth of Jesus Christ IS the reason for this season. *singing* Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel!
Ha! Guess what the lights came back on as I hit the exclamation mark. Send...
PS. Merry Christmas everyone :-)


- Rainy again
  • From: "Chris Reed " <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:19:42 +0000
Well, it has turned out to be a gray and showery week after all! We had a good 
dry and sunny day yesterday, but by evening the showers had returned, some very 
heavy at a few points during the evening. 
Today has dawned gray and rainy again, and looks like it will last pretty much 
all day, probably through the evening also. Great for our gardens and future 
water supplies - not so great for any visitors to our island. Here's hoping it 
clears up in time for Jounen Kweyol (creole day) this coming Sunday!
Stay safe and dry out there folks!
Sent from my BlackBerry® device from Digicel


- Rain - Finally!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:42:18 -0400
It has been an incredibly dry "rainy" season overall this summer here on the island. We've had very few days of rain, even overnight showers. While that is great overall, especially for our visitors, and all our BBQs and outdoors activities - not so great for our gardens and crops and future water supply! The dryness has become somewhat of a concern for the "dry" months as we are below average for our rainfall overall.
Finally today, we have actually "stormy" conditions with thunder and gray skies and rain off and on all day! First full rainy day we've had here in the south in a good while. We've had a few showery nights in the last week or so, but actual steady rainfall has been in short supply for a while! Needless to say, we are very happy to see the gray skies and thunderheads and our gardens are drinking up thirstily for sure! Our tank is almost filled back up - which is great! And our yard will be nice and green again finally.
This doesn't look to be very long-lived based on the satellite pics on StormCarib, but every drop counts! I would expect it to be passed by tomorrow, although a few days down the line it does look like a bit more rain may be on the horizon - probably just in time for the weekend's celebrations of Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day)! 
Stay safe and dry out there!

- Finally!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:53:55 -0400
Well, this has been a very dry summer for St. Lucia, especially here in the south. We have actually been hoping and praying for some rain - our garden and yard were browning up, rivers were running quite low for this time of year, etc. Visions of another drought were dancing in all of our heads....not good!
Fortunately, we started getting some showers and occasional short thunderstorms about 2-3 weeks ago - these were accompanied by some flooding issues initially as the ground was so hard the water didn't soak in. After a few showers, passing downpours, the water finally started soaking in and the last 2 weeks have been pretty normal around here for rainy season. Passing showers, occasional brief thunderstorms (maybe 2 or 3 hours), and so on.
Today is yet another one - but this one seems to have sprung out of nowhere. At 7am this morning - bright, clear blazing sunshine! By 8 or so this morning - gray and pouring rain with booming thunder. Having checked StormCarib last night - there was nothing on the horizon; check again today - big area of disturbed weather over us and a few other islands. And let me tell you - they ain't kidding! It is gray and wet, with light showers and occasional downpours and some seriously booming thunder! It's a relief from the intense heat and humidity of the last few days, and our gardens and rivers and reservoirs are very grateful! Not great for our visitors, but it does keep the island green and lush and with a water supply!!
As always, stay safe out there. While this season has been incredibly, almost record-breakingly quiet, the season is not over, and as we always say, it only takes one storm (not that there is one on it's way at this time!) Keep an eye on things and stay safe out there!
Chris

- Thunderstorms
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:01:16 -0400
We have had some heavy outbursts of rain this morning and some very loud claps of thunder as a depression moves over the Island.
I am in Gros Islet at the moment and the sun is shining - how quick the weather changes here!
 
Sue


- What is this?
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:45:24 -0400
I got a phone call after 6 am this morning and only one sentence registered "the river is high".  I sprang into action and ventured up the road (in the rain) to see the river about 2 ft from the top of the banks.  I just shook my head in utter disbelief.  NOT AGAIN!!!!!!

So now as I type this, my stuff is packed in garbage bags on top the table, beds, counters, etc.  Why?  (In my layman's opinion after living in this area almost my entire life) I live in a flood zone area in Soufriere which was made worse when engineers rebuilt a road with an incline that previously had a gentle slope down to the sea.  Whenever the river burst its banks before the water naturally drained into the sea.  That was then.  Now my common sense tells me if the river ever bursts its banks again, the water now has to go up and over this incline but will first back up and pool in front of my home.

I saw one fb post that the river was going over the bridge in Richfond, Dennery.

So now we are praying that this weather stays away from us by divine intervention.

Stay safe (I cannot say dry because I'm soaked).

Nadia

- A blob of rain
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:01:57 -0700
Good rainy morning to all,
 
The rain, thunder and lightning started last night.  It has been raining all morning varying from a light drizzle to heavy downpours.  The radar shows the heaviest showers due E and SE of the island.  Saturday is my laundry day but that would be futile today so I'm planning an afternoon nap to the sound of rain on the galvanized roof.
 
CPL cricket at Beausejour looks iffy to me - just waiting on the official word whether the match will be played today.  Whatever the weather, if the match is on I'll be there dancing Zouk!
 
Stay safe and dry!
Sonia

- All over with nothing really to show for it...
  • From: "Christopher Kessell" <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 18:12:06 -0400

Well the all clear has been given and thankfully we have not been badly affected by Chantal.

 

Doubtless there has been some tree damage in exposed areas and I know of a few wire poles that came down knocking out power to a few people. But otherwise there has been little damage that I am aware of.

A drive around the north showed a fair amount of vegetation blown down and onto the roads but nothing big enough to cause an impediment to traffic.

The seas were running higher than normal but the three surfers that I saw on the north side of Pigeon were disappointed.

 

There was also not much rain, at least up north. I’m guessing that in the mountainous areas it must have been much higher but as far as storms go; I don’t think this one had a lot of moisture.

 

The marina looked tranquil and I would be surprised if there was any marine related casualties.

 

Chris Kessell


- Wind has picked up
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:58:38 -0300
The wind picked up about 20 minutes ago, its not good, not sure of the speed but enough to bend the coconut trees and cause my bananas to go horizontal!

Its strong!

--
Susan Beckwith

- Update
  • From: Michael Lascaris <mlascaris at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:25:03 -0400

Wind and rain just started.  Was quiet for most of the morning. Gusts of probably up to 35mph.

Mike


- We are in it now!!
  • From: "Christopher Kessell" <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:18:33 -0400

It’s been pretty uneventful here in the North (Cap Estate) until about 15 minutes ago!! (11 am)

 

The wind has picked up considerably and it is raining cats and dogs!! The Barbados weather radar (barbadosweather.org) is showing a huge dense mass of rain and cloud extending over the north of St. Lucia and over much of Martinique.

 

I’m in a bit of a wind shadow so I can’t really say what the wind speeds were up to but I would hazard a guess of around 30 knots from the East.

 

Hopefully this will be the most that Chantal will be able to muster here in St. Lucia.

 

Chris Kessell

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- Lots of rain
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:46:39 -0300
Lots of rain, then it stops, the ground is saturated. Checked around, everywhere is muddy. Had to prop up my tomatoes but that is about it.
The storm is about 85 miles away. 
No-one around and I have only seen one car on the road, so quiet, quiet, quiet. 
The internet keeps going down as does the TV, nothing much else to report at the moment.

Sue



- TS Chantal
  • From: Paul Clifford <zionlionfarm at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:22:03 -0400
"After the rain comes sun, after the sun comes rain... again"

- Chantal's passing
  • From: nadasonia825 at gmail.com
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:10:00 +0000
So far nothing Chantal's approach has been routine with bands/squalls of heavy 
rain and occasional gusty winds.  I have not heard any reports of damage.
PM Anthony addressed the nation last night and ordered all businesses closed 
today. Most persons appeared to pay heed to the warnings and stocked up on 
water and the bare necessities. However I many were of the opinion that Chantal 
would not cause major damage.  On that note, I can say that the majority os St. 
Lucians were aware that a storm was approaching.
Staying safe and dry
Sent from my BlackBerry® device from Digicel

- Back again. ..
  • From: Michael Lascaris <mlascaris at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:32:11 -0400

So. .... here we are again. Another season. .. another storm. ... waiting. ... the proverbial 'calm before the storm' is upon us.

St. Lucia has taken precaution I believe, we learnt a lesson or two from Tomas.

Although this may be a small system,  remember TS Debbie of 1994?

Tonight is relatively quiet as we await the wee hours of the morning to see what Chantal has to offer,  hopefully she comes empty handed.

Good luck and God bless to all.

Updates as they come as usual.

Mike


- Waiting
  • From: "Frans van Santbrink" <fransjr at dageekz.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:34:06 -0400

All businesses closed and Schools shut down till the all clear has been given by NEMO

Here we cleared the loose stuff around the house, took down the 4 element quad on 6 meters. Left the rest of the antennae up.

So now it is a case of wait and see what comes our way…

Got the radios on 3.800 Mhz and 146.940 mhz and 146.520Mhz 

 

 

Frans van Santbrink,

Amateur Radio Operator: J69DS

Radio: 146.940 (-0.600) // 145.780 (-0.6) Mhz

Member: J6 Portable Crew

               Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club

               Martinique Ham Radio Association (fm.ham.ra)

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When all alse fail Amateur Radio is there!

No trees or animals were hurt in the making of this email, however many electrons were inconvienced.

Rehab is not an option: RF all the way (J6 Portable)

 


- All airports closed
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:49:41 -0300
All business places closed tomorrow, also schools and airports.

Staff on standby.

--
Susan Beckwith

- Latest message from Marigot Bay
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:59:04 -0300

TS Chantal continues on her forecast track and is scheduled to impact Saint Lucia throughout daylight hours tomorrow with a closest approach in the Martinique channel around 13.30

 

The mooring buoys in Marigot Bay are all full, as is the Marina and the mangroves are getting very crowded. I would strongly suggest that any remaining local boats seek shelter in the Rodney Bay Marina rather than coming south to Marigot and finding that there is no space.


--
Susan Beckwith

- TS Chantal
  • From: Paul Clifford <zionlionfarm at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:00:52 -0400
All quiet in Anse L'Ivrogne/Sevoigne, for now. Low, sparse cloud cover. Sun breaking through... 

- Schools closed in St Lucia from 12pm today.
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:10:15 -0300
According to NEMO St. Lucia: "The Ministry of Education has stated that all schools are to be closed from 12 noon today and all day tomorrow. Schools are to reopen on 10th July."

--
Susan Beckwith

- Chantal
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:45:52 -0300
Got woken up in the night by loud thunder claps and heavy rain, this is still continuing this morning. 
Have secured the boat and sending hubby up on the roof at some point today, if the rain stops. Bought some candles, just hoping it is not too bad!

Sue

--
Susan Beckwith

- TS Chantal
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:32:45 -0400
All the Chantals I know are quiet and well demeanored (is that a word?)  so TS Chantal be nice to the islands.  
I am still rooting for the Saharan Air to sap off your energy though.

TS Preparations begin from early o'clock tomorrow.

- SAL vs Tropical Wave
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:20:06 -0400

I was praying hoping wishing the Sahara dust would strangulate all Cape Verde waves this year.  This invest is staying low and avoiding the dry air.  I am now praying this potential rain maker picks up speed and changes course to NNW soon although it is supposedly moving WNW right now.
I can say the windwards have had ENOUGH rain for the past two months or so.

How do the older folks predict bad weather?  Here in St. Lucia there is an old patois saying 'chaleur sa la ni un movais temps derriere' - extreme/unusual heat is followed by bad weather (storm, heavy rain and even earthquakes). Today it was/is HOT, stifling and sticky. I wasn't complaining about the heat though-perfect beach wx.

We had had a few days of glorious sun so I am not so worried about this invest or soon to be TD/TS.  Some desiltation works have been ongoing for the past two weeks so the river can accommodate a bit more water.  Maybe the other one on the conveyor belt might get me in a frenzy.

Tomorrow is a good day to go over the emergency list.  Then I'll be glued to my PC when the Hurricane Hunters will be investigating.  Then I'll decide whether to continue with my mangrove snorkel class on Wednesday.

Life goes on.
Stay safe and dry.


- Dull as dishwater
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:51:49 -0300
Hi everyone,

Well we seem to be in the rainy season, we have had lots of rain this week, a few squalls resulting in a pomme d'amour tree being blown down close to my house. Patches of sun but the ground is saturated. I see there is another tropical wave on the way!

Sue x



- Rain, Rain and more Rain.
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:56:36 -0400
Good Morning!
Well, it has been a wet and grey start to rainy season here on the island - and it continues yet again today. Yet another small ugly wave moving past us today - with more grey skies and more rain! Here is the south, it's been greyish and showery off and on for weeks - we've struggled with enough days in a row of dry skies to get laundry done, yardwork, etc. One of the empty lots near us is finally getting built - and the poor guy has not had one completely dry day yet in the 2 weeks of building! The construction crews come out, work for a while, take cover for a while, work for a while and so on - it's a bit funny actually, I always wonder why people start building at the beginning of rainy season! Oh well, the house will get done soon enough - hopefully!
In the meantime, small landslides here and there around the roads and such - a tree down or the like as the ground has definitely reached saturation and this ongoing rain and showers will just see more and more small slides - hopefully nothing major though. So far, no flooding or any big damages - and so far, no tropical storms or such, just lots of off and on showers and rainy days. Time for some sun around here!!!  At least it's warm!
Stay safe - and dry! - out there!

- Rain Again
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2013 17:22:53 -0400

We had a few days of glorious sunshine and then the magnet turned on again.  Thunderstorms.
The rain ended my snorkeling session on time.  The children had fun snorkeling in the rain.
Had fun bathing in the rain with my son and now I am enjoying the sound of the rain on the roof.  Off to lala land soon.

Stay safe and dry all.


- Rain Magnet
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:38:04 -0400

I am convinced Saint Lucia has a rain magnet. The northern Leewards have been praying for rain and I've been praying for it to stop raining here.  The met office reported record rainfall for April at GFL and third (or was it second) highest rainfall at Hewanorra.  Guess what, if GFL had record rainfall then Soufriere topped that because on days when both stations recorded a 'trace' it rained cows and sheep in Soufriere, not cats and dogs.  You get the picture.
The ground here is saturated. My tomato leaves have curled up and although someone said it might be a virus, I think its because the soil is waterlogged and the plants were standing in puddles for days.
Yesterday the met highlighted the risk of landslides and then there was one. Guess where?  Yup, Soufriere.  A small slide that left a tree across the road and temporarily closed access to/from Soufriere from the south for about an hour.
Today I was eagerly anticipating bright sunshine but the sun lost the battle against the clouds.  I checked the Martinique radar and sure enough the magnet was on.  There was a narrow band of clouds streaming over St. Lucia with all the other lesser Antilles in the clear.
I hope we get a chance to dry out before the next wave gets here.

Fair weather to all.
Nadia


- Rain!!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 26 May 2013 15:32:04 -0400
Well, for once the weather forecasts were actually right. It has been raining pretty much on and off for the last week. Mostly grey skies, on and off heavy showers and light drizzles, and fairly depressing overall. While we locals have enjoyed cooled temps and have filled up cisterns and seen our gardens and lawns perk up, I'm sure our visitors have not been as happy.
Looks like, from the sat pics, we're in for another day or two of rain, at least! Ugh. Even we locals are a bit tired of it by now - I've got laundry to do and it's tough to get dry while it's pouringrain outside! ;-)
Fortunately, no reports of flooding or land slippage from these rains, that's always a good sign. Now, we need to dry out a bit before the next wave hits. Hope everyone is making their rainy season preparations - stock up on essentials, check gutters and drains, check your shutters or boards, etc. Despite predictions for the season, you just never know what will actually come our way!
Have a great holiday weekend to our American friends; for the rest - hope your Monday isn't too rough! Stay safe out there!!

- Raining - our first tropical wave?
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 13:39:16 -0300
Well after two weeks of blistering heat here in Marigot Bay it has now turned to rain, and lots of it, luckily not enough to cause a problem but enough to soak the ground and of course to ruin our bank holiday monday - nothing changes :-)

Sue x

--
Susan Beckwith

- Rain is back!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:45:24 -0400
Well, yesterday (Monday) turned out to be a pretty mice day - the storm broke overnight and we saw a good mix of sun and fluffy clouds and a good offshore breeze to keep things cool. So our day in Castries worked out OK afterall - no flooding, cool enough weather to get things done, and so on. The roads did see some damage and some landslides - one spot in Mon Repos had some boulders come down and it was a single lane for a little ways and will take a little time to get it cleared out, but no damage overall to any of the roads, especially not in the areas so badly damaged from Hurricane Tomas 2 years ago. Good news there!
Today, we woke to more grey skies and showers here in the south - most of the morning was grey with drizzle punctuated by heavier cloudbursts - now at almost noon, it has cleared out a bit and we have some clear blue skies, but I don't expect it to last, looks like more clouds on the horizon. And looking north towards the rainforest - solid dark grey clouds. So - no laundry today, unless we want it doubled rinsed while out on the line!!
Stay safe out there!!

- sun is out
  • From: Cheryl Dusauzay <pineapple1mango at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:35:31 +0100
Ok Peeps, looks like the sun is making a come back!! in the North, although it is not totally blue skies, it is NOT raining!! great! Was in Castries at 7.15am this morning and it was not too bad either. dry and sunny. People are going around doing business as usual. drove along the beach at Choc bay. water a bit murky but the brave can still have a swim there. Just came back home, was able to get in my garden, picked some cherries, paw paws and onions. needed my willies as the earth/soil is quite soggy. Warm breeze coming in. off to do the laundry before the sun disappears. have a great day whatever you do. and don't let the weather dictate how you spend the vacation here. just carpe diem!

- grey day
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:26:25 -0400
Well, it's been a grey, grey day here in the south of the island. The last two days (Friday & Sat) were rainy - although Friday wan't all day here in the south, just a couple of periods of downpours. Sat & Sat night - pretty much all day rain, at times extremely heavy. By today, Sunday, the rain has tapered way off here in the south, just a few drizzles, but grey and definitely cool (for us!).
Looks like the clouds and rain may be moving out by tomorrow - that would be great! We have to be up in the city tomorrow and it's never fun in Castries in the rain! I'm sure our visitors would welcome the sun too!
The rainy season is coming - this has been a short preview - stock up, check tanks, evacuation plans, etc  and stay safe out there!

- weather in Saint Lucia
  • From: Cheryl Dusauzay <pineapple1mango at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:48:22 +0100
hi everyone, unfortunately the rains are still in Saint Lucia. It has been raining all day. No high winds though but it is surely wet, wet, wet. Everything looks so green now compared to a couple of weeks ago, when everything looked soooo brown.
There are still fun things to do despite the rain here in beautiful Saint Lucia. Restaurants are still packed with visitors especially at Rodney Bay Marina.
Hopefully the sun will be out tomorrow.

- local weather in Saint Lucia
  • From: Cheryl Dusauzay <pineapple1mango at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:36:30 +0100
Good day,
 
It has been raining in Saint Lucia heavily since Friday (19th Apr)morning. It started in the North (where I live) from about 3.38am. We have had several breaks in the rain, enough time to go outside and check hoe the garden-vegetables patches- are doing. The early hours of Saturday(20th) the rains  mingled with a strong winds (am not too far from the sea) came. the ground is situated and the water on the ground is flowing heavily in the man main storm drains. It eased up a bit during the day enough for me to go grocery shopping and to see friends. it drizzled from about 2pm but by 4pm the rains stated heavily.
 
It is now 3am Sunday morning and it has been raining non stop. the wind is strong but not strong enough to throw down trees.
 
I am monitoring the situation. This is very unusual weather.

- Dear Mother Nature
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:49:37 -0400
My sympathy and prayers go out to our fellow Dominicans who are mourning the deaths of two national football players. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=529494287096440&set=a.374816955897508.84546.166985300014009&type=1&theater. They died when the vehicle they were travelling in plunged down a massive crack which opened up in the road following days of heavy rains.

here in Saint Lucia, we have been getting heavy downpours off and on from Friday.  The islands north of Guadeloupe need the rain, not us down here.  So ...

Dear Mother nature just a humble reminder that the hurricane season starts in June.

Stay safe and start getting prepared.

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