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- Sunshine on St. John USVI
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 00:09:52 -0500
Today was the first day since Tuesday that I saw the sun.  When the sun burst through I realized how much I have always taken it for granted and how good its presence felt.  Caneel to reopen for guests on Sunday.  With the winds down, we should have a full normal schedule at the St. Thomas airport henceforth.  Thanks for all your inquiries.

- Life is back to normal
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 21:04:02 -0400
Well, as near as I can tell, things are really back to normal.  We took the barge to St Thomas for a medical appointment and some shopping at the "big" stores there today and the normalcy of life was accentuated by traffic jams around the cruise ship piers in St Thomas (there were three ships in), folks shopping for the best prices on Thanksgiving turkeys, and generally normal life.  The only thing out of the ordinary perhaps, was the initial greeting to friends (and strangers) of "Are you ok?  Stay dry and safe?" to which the answer seemed to be in all cases, "Yes, thank God, and how about you?"  So, if you are checking these pages to see if you should still come down to St John for your vacation, the answer is a clearly resounding YES.  Stores and restaurants are open, beaches are clean, weather is clearing (lots of sun today along with refreshing showers), and the friendly people who make you want to come back again and again. 
As volunteer coordinators for the Visitor's kiosk at Trunk Bay in the National Park, Lee and I are busy getting ready to reopen the information kiosk to greet folks there.  Why don't you stop by and say "hi" when you come out to Trunk, one of the 10 loveliest beaches in the world.  And you can buy a T-shirt or ballcap to benefit the park while you're there.  We can also steer you to the best trails and activities to enjoy our national park to the fullest.  We look forward to seeing you there.
John Fuller

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 13:59:04 -0500
hi all, I just drove out to coral bay, things look pretty good, just some
trees and branches, some rocks in the road, but public works is right on top
of it.  My power out here in fish bay is on and off, right now it's off.
but I have faith(duh...) that wapa will have it back on shortly.  The island
is fine, everything is pretty normal, or as normal as st john ever gets.
Skinny legs was up and running and I had a great cheeseburger (I was
starving!)  My gallery (THE SYZYGY GALLERY) out on theback deck there at
skinny legs was undamaged, (we had packed everything up)  just some leaves
that blew in under the eaves.  I didn't re-open today cuz I just want to
make sure lenny is really gone, which now it looks like it is decreasing in
strength but still crawling along and dumping a bunch of rain down island.
those poor guys, it could've been us.  If any one is planning on coming to
St. John please do, everything is fine, all services are up and running. THE
BEACHES ARE STILL THE BEST IN THE WORLD   and the weather is fine (usually)
Just make sure you pay me a visit and come check out    THE SYZYGY GALLERY
out in coral bay at skinny legs.  Island art by island artists, and of
course featuring the fabulous mosaic art of ME  Lisa in St. John usvi

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 08:56:49 -0500
Good day from St. John,  all seems to be almost normal here, stores are
open, ferry is running, power, cable, phone.  I hear fish bay is without
power, I am headed back to my home there now.
we thank god for sparing us! We also thank you for all your kind words of
support and prayers.  Another miracle for us!  To all that have responded to
me personally via e-mail, I will try to get back to you later in the day
with answers to your questions. A message to Vanessa and Larry's family in
the state, as far as I know they are fine, the phones in coral bay are out.
not to worry, I will be out there in a few hours and will relay the message.
bye for now.

- St. John's Lenny Report
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 23:01:16 -0500
Good Evening,
It is now 11:00pm on November 18, 1999 and we are still experiencing windy conditions from Hurricane Lenny that is now on St. Martin.  The rain affect on St. John from this storm was very light but there was lots of wind.  Due to the mitigation system, the homes and business are intact.  There was absolutely no structural damage and very minor cosmetic damage as well.  We are blessed and but realize at act like it.  Our sister islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix also feared very well.  An ABC crew did an aerial shot of St. Croix this evening and mentioned that based on the shots of St. Croix, one would not believe they had Category 4 Hurricane Lenny very close to their shore for approximately 24 hours.  The islands are still green and everyone is rushing to get back to normalcy.  The electricity is still down in some areas of St. John but that is going to be very temporary since there were not poles or power lines down. 
Lenny tried...but the Virgin Islands was prepared....we built back stronger and better...God Bless!!!!!! 

- Hurricane Lenny Update
  • From: Eric Lidicker <villas AT donaldschnell.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 19:37:09 -0400
Hurricane Lenny Update   (11/18/99 5 pm EDT)

        Hurricane Lenny was a major Category 4 storm; however, it
traveled on the
        far side of St. Croix to the South. Therefore, much of St.
Thomas - St. John
        experienced mostly  tropical storm conditions characterized by
heavy rains *
          seas and only sustained  tropical storm winds with occasional
gusts of
          hurricane strength. Lenny's most extreme weather was located
in the
        SouthWestern Quadrant which did not impact STT-STJ. The sister
         experienced no damage to infrastructure with only localized
flooding and
        minimal storm surge. While St. Croix was buffeted by continuous
        force winds and experienced flooding, reports are that major
damage was
        not widespread. The down islands of Nevis, St Kitts, St Maarten,
Saba and
       Anguilla are currently being affected by the eye of Hurricane
Lenny which did
             not affect the St Thomas - St John, Puerto Rico and the

         Parts of St. John and St Thomas lost power for 4 -12 hours late
last night
        and into this morning. However, power is now restored to the
bulk of the St
       Thomas - St John area. Phone service was maintained throughout
the storm.

          On St John, grocery stores are open and visitors & locals
alike are out
         shopping and making plans for dinner. Nearly all St John
restaurants are
        preparing for a large dinner crowd. All businesses not already
open today,
                       will open as normal tomorrow.

         American, Delta, United & USAir will all begin flights from the
St. Thomas
                           airport tomorrow.

         Our Villas sustained no damage and we have begun to open the
        shutters and put out the plants and pool furniture. Our guests
are arriving as
                   scheduled Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

       We will provide pictures of St John generally and our Villas in
particular when
            we get our CD-Rom drive working, hopefully, by mid-morning.

Eric on St. John, USVI

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 17:21:33 -0500
see ya lenny!  I think I hope , that he is finally gone away and will keep
going.  Although there is some little thing in the back of my head that wont
let me relax yet... My house is fine, I think everyone is ok. I haven't
heard about any major damage anywhere yet and I dot think there is any.
Just some leaves and branches and stuff
TELL THE WORLD, TELL CBS AND NBC AND CNN they are all saying that we got hit
with 150 mph winds as one of the top stories.  St. croix got hit pretty hard
but not much damage from the reports I'm hearing. ST. JOHN IS FINE!      the
power is back on , we have phone, cable and no curfew!!!
thank god for miracles (again).  Follow up to follow-up tomorrow
bye for now
Lisa in St. John

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 10:56:10 -0500
good day from St. john usvi,  We have sustained very little damage from what
I can see,power is out but phone lines up, I'll write more later after I get
home and take a look around.  parts of st croix got it bad but we are OK.
curfew is lifted at noon.  I haven't seen any sat pix yet , but hopefully
lenny will not come back down this way
bye for now
Lisa in St. john

- Thursday morning on St John
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 08:56:17 -0400
Well, what a surprise to wake up and find that Lenny apparently stopped after we went to bed to think about what direction it wanted to go.  I can't believe that it would actually turn around a fly right now, but St Croix apparently took quite a battering and it is stalled between us and St Martin.  I spent the last two weeks on St Maarten and believe me, they need this even less than we do. 
Latest radio reports show that lessons learned after Hugo and Marilyn has resulted in much less damage to homes and businesses. Initial assessments even from St Croix sound like cleanup will take a week or less and then everything will be back to normal. 
Here on St John, it is cloudy with occasional gusts, but all the boats in Cruz Bay seem to still be secure, the curfew is mostly being observed.  There is a lot of light foliage around, and scattered power outages (we're on generator), but phones (obviously) work and things here should be back to normal (whatever that is) in a day or two I bet.
Barometer has climbed back to almost 1002 mb and there was only 1.09" rain overnight.  We are very lucky here.

- Dodged a bullet?
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 18:35:08 -0400
As Lisa noted, we won't rest easy till Lenny is dead. but it looks like we've dodged a bullet.  Exercising our generator for a few hours and checking on things.  Was pretty windy for a while but we got very little rain (1.64 inches since 0530 and 1" of that was between 0530 and 0630).  Barometer moving up slightly from a low of 990 at about 2 PM today.  Cat has been out at last and already we have a dead rat on the doorstep.  What a guy!
Check in later and hoping WAPA gets the downed lines cleared soon.
To anyone in Coral Bay, I received the following:
Have them give her a call.  I told her conditions already.

- lenny?
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 18:17:15 -0500
well I am in disbelief, I don't want to speak too soon but I'd say we may
have gotten another miracle, although lenny is a squirelly guy, I wont rest
until he's completelyGONE.  St. john is fine, no damage that I know of yet,
boats in coral bay are OK, from what I've heard.  Lenny barely brushed us,
My heart and soul goes to the people down island like anguilla and St.
martin who have 1/2 a day to prep for a cat 5 .  god help them
more tomorrow, on batt power and typing in the dark.

Lisa in St. john

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 15:23:35 -0500
    a quick notel 3:30 St. john, rain,wind, no power  what;s next this storm
is all over the place .got to  go look at the sat pix

- It's blowing now!
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 13:23:36 -0400
1:25 PM and we've lost power in strong, gusty winds.  Waves are crashing into Stevens Cay and roaring on into Cruz Bay.  Leaves are blowing around and the Park Service visitor center under construction is losing it's roof covering again.  Still not raining very hard, but it looks like it's coming across the channel. We're off the air to preserve batteries now.

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 09:39:50 -0500
9:30 St. john, a little wind, lots of rain, BIG SURF in turner bay,
Pillsbury sound.  winds up to 135  SHIT! (sorry).    power and phone and
cable still up....
bye bye
Lisa in St. john

- So far so good
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 09:22:55 -0400
The latest prognostication says that we'll get lots more rain and some wind here on St John, but most of the winds will be south of us.  (Sorry, my brothers on St Croix.)  As for power on St John, while we are located in Cruz Bay, we are NOT on the generator circuit but rather the north shore lines.  Power has held up here so far.  Way to go WAPA.  Waiting is unnerving, but at least it's daylight!

- Report from St. John and St. Croix
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 07:34:01 -0500
Good Morning,
Early this morning St. John experienced heavy lightning and thunder.  We lost electricity around 345am I believe as a precaution but we are now up and running again.  This is lots and lots of rain and we are hearing reports on St. Thomas of flooding in homes.  St. Croix electricity has been up and down and they are receiving gusts around 55mph.  St. John gusts have calmed down but has been as high as 26mph.  Reports are showing that the eye wall will pass just south (too close for comfort) or over the south east tip of St. Croix and then continue out into the Anegada Passage.  If this Hurricane sneezes to the North any further, the entire USVI will be receiving the eye.  The good news is that Lenny has not pulled rapidly NE as originally anticipated but St. Thomas and St. John are not out of the woods by a long shot.  On this track, we anticipate receiving tropical storm force winds, torrential rain, tornadoes and lots and lots of thunder and lightning.  Any further North and we have the eye wall.  For the other islands, based on the CURRENT forcast and coordinates, the storm should track up Anegada Passage and the northeastern islands will not get a direct hit but will be on Lenny's east.  This is the best scenario.  I just learned that some areas on St. John are without power.  As of 700am Lenny was at 16.8N and 65.7W at 125mph. Barametric Pressure is 29.67 and falling.  This is a powerful Category 3 storm.  Oh, I just got a call from Anguilla and so far, everything is quiet.  Will check in later if I can.

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 07:03:27 -0500
7:00 am, the lightning has subsided for a bit, heavy rain, no wind yet, the
water is getting pretty rough out in Pillsbury sound.
 now we wait...
Lisa in St. john

- 6:20 AM
  • From: Eric Lidicker <villas AT donaldschnell.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 06:24:17 -0400
Much the same as 1 AM with constant rain, no wind, intermittent heavier
rain w/ thunder & lightning.

Really like these two pages for getting a good look at where the storm
is in relation to us:


Really just posting since STT thread mentioned feeder 9B out and that
STJ has no power.....I don't know if we're on STJ generator or if 9B is
back but we've even still got cable and everything.....for the moment.

Eric on St. John, USVI
Villa Bougainvillea------Gift Hill Villa-------Beach
Villa--------BeachSideVilla--------Little Whim
Bougainvillea Leasing Ltd-----------------Donald Schnell Studio


- Thunder and lightning
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 06:02:46 -0400
Waiting for daybreak with lots of electrical activity in the sky and the occasional blip in power, but still going (thank WAPA).  We had 2.17 inches of rain overnight in Cruz Bay (from 6:30 PM last night to 5:30 this morning).  Looking at the radar we have a whole lot more to come.  One good thing, the rain has been consistent enough that the cat is resolved to co-exist with us inside.  No fun when he has decided to be out and we don't let him.
Will report later as power and phones permit.  Best wishes to those east of us!

- lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 04:47:16 -0500
4:45 am a quick note: thunder and lightening all night, some heavy rain, not
much wind.  at least this guy will hit us in the daylight.  I've got my
coffee going before the power goes.  see ya'll on the other side, pray for
Lisa in St. john usvi

- 1 AM
  • From: Eric Lidicker <villas AT donaldschnell.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 01:22:22 -0400
At 1 am another rain band has kicked in with a little more thunder &
lighting after several hours of nothing. We have not experienced the
dramatic show that the STX posts mention but we have gotten a little
taste....probably more to come.

Still power, still phone and still cable (Tim Duncan and the Spurs got
some help from the officials tonight!<g>)

Looks like no idea whether eye will still turn over PR or will now go
south of us and over STX. Will see in the AM. Will report more if/when
power in the AM.

Eric on St. John, USVI

- loenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 21:50:48 -0500
9:45 Tues. nite, very calm, light rain.  they say we'll get hit between
6-10am.  the lightning is pretty serious,I have to say unplugged for the
rest of the night.  don't want to zap my trusty laptop.
    Lisa in St. john USVI

- The calm before the storm
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 19:50:32 -0400
Quarter to eight, the cat doesn't understand why we won't let him out.  He can't realize that there is a Cat 3 hurricane just a few hours away, and if it weren't for the modern communications we would not either.  It is raining lightly, with occasional lightning in the distance.  The barometer is steady so far.  I'd guess everyone is buttoned up as we are (and as tired of doing it as we are, too).  We'll spend the night in the comfort of our bedroom, but the rest of the house is secure.  If and when the rain starts leaking in we'll cover the bed and ceiling fan, grab the cat and head for the "bunker".  Having spent the night there waiting for Jose to materialize (what a disappointment) we know better than to go before we absolutely have to.
It's an eerie feeling.  I mean, St John is always quiet, laid back, but when we hunker down for a storm the place gets positively calm.  Except for the ferries and barges honking at each other as they jockey for berthing in the creek and an occasional heavy truck coming down the hill from Lind Point with horn blowing to warn all that he has no intention of slowing or staying on his own side of the road it is really peaceful here.  I would wish I could say the same tomorrow morning.
Governor has declared a curfew from 9PM tonight until further notice. I have not heard whether WAPA (Water and Power Authority) plans to shut down the system overnight, but winds are predicted to be significant by midnight.  If we're up, and if the power/phones are up then, we'll update.
It's a shame the "C" name had already been used.  This storm should have been named "Corrigan"!  (If you're not old enought to catch that, let me know and I'll explain (although explaining a joke always spoils it.).

- Reporting from St. John
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 19:26:21 -0500
It is thundering and lightning on St. John and St. Croix.  I am pretty sure the same thing is happening on St. Thomas as well.  The rain is very light and still no breeze. St. Croix is beginning to have power interruptions but no problems on St. John as yet.  Question?  I noticed the barometic pressure for St. Thomas shown on the Weather Channel is rising.  Is that good? 

- leonard, behave yourself!
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 16:33:16 -0500
greetings from beautiful St. john, it's been a quiet cloudy day, the rain
just started 4:30 PM,  I am all tucked in my little Serendip condo(THANKS
again Gail)  my view is due west over Pillsbury sound looking at the east
end of St. Thomas and overlooking Cruz bay.  Here we go...Lets hope for the

- darn you lenny!
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 06:29:15 -0500
good day from Fish Bay St. John, It is quite still this morning (6:30am) A
beautiful sunrise.  No rain to speak of yet.....The boats were scurrying to
hurricane hole out in coral bay yesterday, I watched the exodus begin around
5am.. The general consensus is that This Sucks!  Most people have unpacked,
UN boarded un wound, but now.... LENNY!  Luckily I still have most of my
boards up so I only have to get two pieces of plywood up.  pack up all the
glass in my studio, bundle up the dog and cat, all their food and stuff, my
food, computer meds etc....and head toward my safe haven Serendip condos
(thank you Gail),  not much else to report at the moment.  hopefully lenny
will mellow out again like last nite (down to 80mph)
more later

- Checking in from St. John
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 01:07:37 -0500
Good Morning,
I'm just reaching home from assisting a major hotel in their evacuation of their guests due to Hurricane Lenny.  Guests should start leaving tomorrow.  The weather on St. John is very very calm with very light occasional showers. The waters were unusually calm today. I met 3 couples (honeymoon) today that just arrived on the island a few hours ago only to be told that evacuation is recommended due to the storm.  It is still very unpredictable so most of the guests are riding out the storm on St. Thomas and hoping to return to St. John the day after the "big scare".  The problem is, we don't know what to expect since we have no previous hurricanes on record coming from the West to the East.  This must be the turn of the century after all!  I will keep you posted.

- Lenny
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <LCRUM AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 02:18:09 -0500
well, here comes lenny, I guess I'll have to dig my valiums  out and move my
stained glass studio back inside and all the other fun stuff we get to do in
prep for a storm, this is not fair, this doesn't happen! We are gearing up
for our best season since 'Marilyn" I hope we are blessed and spared.
Lisa     www.mosaicmadness.com

  • From: "USVI-INFO Webmaster" <webmaster AT usvi-info.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 20:53:52 -0300
I just posted the press release concerning the US Virgin Islands and
Hurricane Jose on the US Virgin Islands Information Guide.
You can read it at:

- adios, Jose
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <lcrum AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 22:00:14 -0400
St. John 10:00 PM
The winds are dying down abit.  I t was blowing 30-40 mph since 3:oo ish.
Still no rain to speak of.  There appears to be minimal damage.  Power,
telephone and cable TV all still working.  I am home now and everything is
fine here , no problems.  Boy are we lucky or what?

Hope everyone on the other islands are OK,  What next?
Thanks Jose for sparing our little island .

regards from paradise

- It's 5:10pm on St. John
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 16:16:21 -0400
The electricity was down in some areas of the island but it is now restored.  The wind has been brisk.  The seas from my vantage point, appears to be very rough but I drove through Cruz  Bay, Pastory, Pine Peace, and Glucksberg areas and there is absolutely no damage.  I've seen people out and about and so far no residence has been flooded since we did not get heavy rains from Hurricane Jose.  Some folks, even unessential, have been called in to work since things are very normal here.  The winds are still brisk but people are moving around and grateful for everything.  Heard that the system behind  and to the south of the island chain may be upgraded to a depression later today.  Maybe some can speak to that cause I did get the info clear enough to converse. 

- jose/st john
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <lcrum AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 14:14:47 -0400
Greetings from St. John.  2:15 PM
Well we just came through a couple hours of windiness I'd say ( where I am
at Serendip Condos)  was maybe 30-50 gusts, not much damage, leaves mostly
still on the trees.  It is pretty sheltered here so I don't know yet how the
rest of the island fared (or my house).. Power was off for a while but it is
back on now.Phones are fine.  Not much rain at all (yet?). It seems like we
are OK here.
more later, Lisa

Come to St. John!  It's beautiful here.(still)

- 2 PM
  • From: Eric Lidicker <villas AT donaldschnell.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 14:13:36 -0300
Power is back after a few hours off in the Pastory area. Occasional gusty winds but not much else. No one really out & about with the unpredictable winds. STT airport ready to re-open this AM but the gusts have put that off until tomorrow...or late today with luck. No rain, no damage, hardly even plant damage in my area.

Eric on St. John, USVI

Villa Bougainvillea------Gift Hill Villa-------Beach Villa--------BeachSideVilla--------Little Whim
Bougainvillea Leasing Ltd-----------------Donald Schnell Studio


- It's here now!
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 11:57:30 -0400
Well,  the night was gusty and a little rain here on St John, but for the last hour or two (starting about 10AM) the winds have really been picking up.  I can barely see St Thomas across the sound from Cruz Bay and the seas are really white with wind driven whitecaps.  We still have power, and a WAPA crew has been here this morning to trim trees which were causing wires to short.  They're doing a great job.
The curfew was lifted, but I can see very little reason why I'd leave the house (except for trees falling on it <grin>).  Looks like we're finally getting the blow that Jose threatened, although I see no signs of damage down in Cruz Bay (tin flying, etc) but some trees are being thinned right now.

- Jose?
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <lcrum AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 09:02:53 -0400
greetings from St. John,

Well the weather guys say that the storm is right on top of us but there
isn't a whole lot happening here. a bit of light rain and some brisk
breezes, but nothing really.  No surf from what I can see of Pillsbury
sound.  I took my dog for a walk and there are some twigs down but all the
leaves are still on the trees.  closest I've seen to anything resembling
damage is a blown over potted plant.
There is a curfew on til 1:00, the power just blinked on and off......
Far as I can tell, we're just going to get some wind and rain today
thank the powers that be, once again we are spared!

regards from paradise

- 7 AM
  • From: Eric Lidicker <villas AT donaldschnell.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 07:10:19 -0300
7 AM greets us with no rain, very limited winds an power. Lost power for
about an hour around midnight but it seems to have stayed on. All in all
the exact anti-climactic storm we hoped for. From radar it looks like
the rain from the tail over the coming days will be much more
signiifcant than anything we experienced last night. Its still very
close to us, but now that its downgraded its not much of a threat even
if it wobbles.

Eric on St. John, USVI
Villa Bougainvillea------Gift Hill Villa-------Beach
Villa--------BeachSideVilla--------Little Whim
Bougainvillea Leasing Ltd-----------------Donald Schnell Studio


- All is well on St. John
  • From: "Crystal" <cjgeorge AT viaccess.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 06:22:05 -0300
It is now 6:09am on St. John in the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands and all is well.  Yes, Jose came more to the west than forecasters had anticipated but all was well.  At 2:00am it was approximately 65 ENE of St.Croix and at that time St. Croix reported winds around 15 to 20mph with little or no rain throughout the island. In the U.S. Virgins Islands, St. John is the closest to the storm. On St. John we had higher gusts around 25-40mph at times with intermittent rains.  The heavier gusts started around 2:00am on St. John and was not constant.  It is now 6:00am and we are downgraded to a tropical storm warning since Jose is not only 75mph winds and is at 18.5N and 65.5W or approximately 25miles NE of St. John (close enough). I am in the Cruz Bay area and I went out of the porch and saw absolutely no damage to structure of vegetation.  I would have been very surprised if I had seen otherwise.  Jose was a very unpredictable and erratic storm.  It's wobbling motion brought right through the U.S. and British Virgin Island.  This has been a close call and the residents of St. John rose to the occasion.  We are a resiliant people and we praise God for protecting once again.  Seems as if this is all that Jose wrote.  Gert, this is a great medium provided us to get the conditions on the islands out to the rest of the world.  Thanks to all for their prayers. 

- jose
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <lcrum AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 20:30:29 -0400
    Pretty quiet her still (8:30 PM)  I am going to try to sleep now, it
looks like we are gonna get a pretty good shot of Jose (get it?) .  So to
sleep now when I can because when the wind starts I 'll be wide awake.
 I don't know when I'll be able to post again, if the phones go down. The
power zapped on and off a few times earlier. I Guess wapa is making sure the
switch works...
good night all  and I pray for us all to be safe.
and not be harmed to badly by Jose

- St John 7pm
  • From: Eric Lidicker <villas AT donaldschnell.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 19:25:28 -0300
Pretty quiet here on STJ since everyone is locked down tight. Not
expected to experience severest winds until early AM until early

Compared to the STT posts I scanned things are pretty calm here and most
everyone was ready _yesterday_ and the "laggards" <g> got all day today
to catch up since the weather hasn't really been that bad so far.

I cling to this part of the technical discussion:


Which makes me feel that they expect only Trop Storm winds but have to
err on the side of caution. Could still get a wobble but we'll see.

Power just flickered twice, but hope that's not going to be an issue at
least until the early AM


Eric on St. John, USVI
Villa Bougainvillea------Gift Hill Villa-------Beach
Villa--------BeachSideVilla--------Little Whim
Bougainvillea Leasing Ltd-----------------Donald Schnell Studio


- Our Governor is on top of things
  • From: "Crystal" <cjgeorge AT viaccess.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 13:32:58 -0300
Good Afternoon,
All is still well on St. John and the entire British/U.S. Virgin Islands.  Virgin Islands Governor Charles Turnbull has a handle on the situation and he is in contact with the public via the radio stations.  He is keeping things calm and asking us to prepare for the worse and expect the best which is a common and optimistic cliche.  We have been in this situation several times and we are a resilient people.  We expect Jose to continue towards the northwest and away from the USVI but we are not turning our backs.  We are prepared for come what may.  God bless our brothers/sisters in the north eastern Caribbean and we'll stay in touch with each other.  God will protect us all!

- jose
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <lcrum AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:24:04 -0400
hi again, drove to town, everybody is prepping.  on the way home a big
squall came through some good gusts,35-40mph my estimate.  the sun is out
now  and it is relatively calm.  They say we won't get the max winds, but I
tend to doubt them and expect the worst.after going thru Marilyn, I have
this idea of what could potentially happen.  lets all pray to be spared.!
tomorrow/Friday we shall frolic once again in our beautiful Caribbean
bye for now. ( oh yes, thankfully some guys are here to board me up!  Yahoo!

see ya

- The Governor speaks
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 10:29:47 -0400
Well, we've just heard from the governor, who does not apparently listen to the weather service and still expects hurricane force winds.  But, WAPA (the power people) have announced that St Croix will not have power shut down, and that St Thomas "may" shut down around 10PM tonight.  And there is a revision to the curfew, now set for 6PM.  So, preparations continue.
When I went down for the mail this morning looked like most stores were shuttered (except for Cap's Place where you can still get a beer - and probably can't be hurt by anything!).

- St. John Checking In
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 08:53:24 -0400
Good Morning to all,
St. John is sunny but calm currently.  As of the 800am advisory, Hurricane Jose is to go North of the us and therefore we are expected to receive, if any effects, the weakest part of the outer bands.  This is good news for us.  I've just checked with Anguilla and everything over there is also very calm and sunny....same as St John.   Will check in later.

- Jose
  • From: "LISA CRUMRINE" <lcrum AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 08:29:37 -0400
Hello from St. John.  The weather this morning (8:30 am) is partly cloudy,
breezy.  We had a couple good rains and some gusty winds last night.
People here are buttoning up their homes and getting ready for whatever may
happen.  Hopefully we won't get hit too hard.  Well I am going to continue
to prep.  More later.

- St John Update
  • From: "The Fullers on St John" <jfuller AT islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 07:52:16 -0400
At almost 8 AM things are quiet here in Cruz Bay.  Looking out it would be impossible to be prepared without having modern communications as it is a lovely morning with light breezes and quite abit of blue sky.  Folks seem to be finishing up preparations and there is a general optimism as Jose veers north of the direct hit predicted early yesterday.  Let's hope (and here's hoping our neighbors to the east fare well).

- Jose
  • From: Eric Lidicker <villas AT donaldschnell.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 00:17:27 -0300
At midnight, it seems that Myrna has covered all the bases so nothing
much to add except "ditto." The rain was light and intermittent
throughout the day. Tonight we've had 2-3 very heavy rain band showers
which were very short. Many if not most prepared today with only
finishing up for tomorrow am.

Cautiously optimistic that Jose's small eye will miss our small island.


- Reporting from St. John USVI
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 23:20:24 -0400
Checking in from St. John USVI.   It has been raining on and off throughout the day and a steady breeze from the north.  The Government is closed tomorrow and residents are taking the necessary precautions and boarding their homes.  As I write, I am hearing the hammers pounding around me by my neighbors near and far.  One of the large hotels thought it best to send most of their guests out today in anticipation of bad weather tomorrow.  It was difficult because all the flight from Stt or Sju are practically full and therefore some of their guests were relocated to Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas.  I am not sure what Jose is doing.  Seems like it is wabbling toward the north which may be better for us in the Virgins but not to good for our neighbors Anguilla and St. Martin.  Seems as if it will go north of St. John but then again I see there is a ridge that may inhibit its motion to the north and thereby redirect it WNW.  Where is it going?  Will keep you posted.

- Hurricane Correspondent on St. John
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 07:01:58 -0400
Good Morning,
Current conditions in the U.S. Virgin Islands are great.   It is a beautiful day.  All residents are listening and tracking the coordinates of Tropical Storm Jose but there is certainly NO panic.  We are of the opinion that this storm will go north of us but not by much.  Will continue to monitor our situation and keep you posted.

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