[IMG: Hurricane Georges making landfall on the Dominican Republic September 22, 1998; Credit: Dennis Chesters, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Craig Mayhew, and Hal Pierce, Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Georges - St.Lucia

[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 09:05EDT] - Dominic Noon reporting from St.Lucia:

     From about 23:00Z on the 19th the seas started to swell to about 10-15 feet,
     and it continued right through the night. The following morning, there was
     NO wind what so ever, but the seas continued to get worse, swelling from
     about 20-30 feet in some areas. By about 19:00Z the seas had calmed down a
     great deal with swells from 6 - 8 feet. The wind picked up a little about 3
     hours later, but was at 20 mph  gusting to 30. This only lasted till
     nightfall when the seas went calm and the wind died down again. We only had
     about 1 hour of intermittent rain. Now at 1300Z (8:00 local time) everything
     is back to normal but there is still on wind.

[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 06:09EDT] - Frank Capers reporting from Marigot Bay, St.Lucia:

     St. Lucia maintains it's average of less than one hurricane strike per
     century, Monday morning and all is well.
     After days of building tension and an afternoon satellite photo that
     showed the southern third of Georges headed our way we experienced only
     one squall line which passed through at 1500 accompanied by a 4 millabar
     drop in barometric pressure, winds gusting to no more than 35 knots and
     torrential rains amounting to less than 1/4 inch.
     Some beach erosion from the swells but hardly a leaf on the ground.
     Our thoughts and prayers are with our many less fortunate friends to the

[Sun, 20 Sep 1998 13:26EDT] - Frank Capers reporting from St.Lucia:

     St. Lucia is now defiantly under the influence of Georges. Wind NW at 10
     - 12 knots barometer remains steady at 1014, overcast skies and
     increasing swell. We are experiencing some beach erosion along the west
     Local rumor at the Moorings Yacht Charter base here in Marigot Bay is
     predicting 50 knots. Not much but far to much for our fragile banana
     plants so a potential desaster.

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