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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 17:59:34 +0000 From: Barbara Sitter (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: Be prepared... Gert- Spoke with my mother on St. Barths this evening (9/23). She spoke with her friend who is in real estate, and it appears that no extensive damage to any houses is apparent. Alot of trees, plants and bushes have been uprooted or damaged but the homes appear to have faired the wrath of Hurricane Georges quite well. I have received many nice letters from people all over the world interested in the updates I have been able to provide via my parents. It has brought a new dimentation to my hobby of hurricane tracking and I will update as often as possible. Thank you all for the kind letters. Good luck to those who will still encounter Hurricane Georges!!! Barb
[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 17:52EDT] - Barbara Sitter who has family on St.Barths reports the following:
Just got off the phone with my mother (6PM 9/21), they appear to be fine. No apparent major damage to their home and the island. She said there are trees down and the power is still out, however, as I stated before they (island officials) purposely turn the power off so it may take a little while to restore. Hope all the other Islands faired well. Will have more information tomorrow. My mother did state that it had just stopped raining about 6ish.
[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 04:42EDT] - Barbara Sitter who has family on St.Barths reports the following:
I spoke with my mother on St. Barths at 4:40AM this Monday morning (9/21). The storm was passing over them and she called to let me hear the roar of Hurricane Georges. Of course, the wind subsided as we were talking but then I suppose thats a good thing! She stated that it had really intensified around 2AM and was extremely loud. They are fine and, according to the 5AM report, it is going just south of them. Of course that means they took the northern portion of the storm. The electricity is out on purpose while the storm is going through and will be turned back on and hopefully working after Hurricane Georges is clear of the island. I think we were very lucky that it weakened nearly 35mph before it hit the leeward islands. Hope all fairs well for the rest of the path.
[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 08:01EDT] - Barbara Sitter who has family on St.Barths reports the following:
I talked with my parents on St. Barths at 7AM this morning (9/20). My mother said it was very still and quiet, maybe the infamous "Calm before the storm"? They have prepared for the storm and said that the planes on the island were leaving as we spoke. So who ever is on the island is there for the duration. She stated that during Hurricane Luis, the planes that did stay were over turned and damaged so there probably wouldn't be any that stayed this time. My concerns are obvious, this is truely a powerful storm. She said she would call me as soon as possible after the storm passed. They live in a home that is on higher ground by the St. Jean hotel, however, to high is also not good. During Hurricane Luis, this particular home lost its roof. Hurricane George is bigger than hurricane luis by at least 10MPH in wind speed.
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