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- - St.Kitts, Nevis & Montserrat - -

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- Friday Update
  • From: "St. Kitts-Nevis Finance Co. Ltd." <finco AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 10:18:44 -0400
This storm does not want to go away. The weather report indicates that it is once again stalled somewhere to the north of us, between St.Maarten and St.Barths. Conditions here have improvd somewhat, in the sense that the rain has stopped for the moment but it is still very overcast. Winds have subsided but continue to blow a bit with occasional gusts. People are out today, trying to get a peek at what has happened.
College Street Ghaut came down again overnight dumping more soil into the sea and streets.
The Frigate Bay area was flooded yesterday. The pnds there overflowed onto the golf course and almost the entire golg course was one big pond. The sea stormed the levee of the beach on the south side and dumped sea weed and sea water into the salt pond which expanded to the point of reaching the main road. No structural damage in evidence in the area, and I am not sure yet if the water may have flooded the Jack Tar Hotel which is built aroud one of the big ponds.
Port Zante is a major crisis. The restoration work which was done since "Georges" was nearing completion, getting ready to dock cruise ships for the season which has just begun. All that work has been destroyed and more. The cat walks were redone in solid concrete - gone again. Special wave deflecting defenses were put up - gone. The sea defence wall to the south of the marina area of the port - gone. I don't know what they can or will do with that port.
Cleanup work has begun - the buldozers etc are already out clearing roads and ghauts. I hope to take a drive into the counttry area to see what has occurred in the outlying areas.
More later.

- Fw: 11:03 post
  • From: "Gordon Hubbard" <hubbard AT citnet.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 08:40:01 -0500
This information was sent to me so I decided to forward for everyone to read
instead of trying to reword it.  I'm sure the guests are being well cared
for and will NEVER forget this trip.

> Spoke with my brother at 8;00 who is employed by the four seasons. He also
> mentioned four or five boats missing, tremendous waves. 130 guests still
> hotel, evacuation was cut short due to the deteriorating weather
> The beachfront dining  room at four seasons ruined, and there is no beach
> left at this time. Anyone familiar with Sunshines ( bar ajacent to four
> seasons) will have to wait for him to rebuild, he was completely wiped
> It will be quite awhile before four seasons can reopen

- Lenny
  • From: "Gordon Hubbard" <hubbard AT citnet.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 23:03:25 -0500
Since my first postingI have received email from some people with additional details.  None of this is certain but the sources are quite reliable.
The island ferry, Caribe Queen, and the Sea Hustler and the Caribe Breeze set out to sea to avoid the storm.  They went south and appear to be fine.
Three boats in town sunk and another was run ashore by its captain to try to save thing.  Hopefully this worked.
The airport of course is closed.
Some houses on Low Street in Charlestown went into the sea.  Four Seasons car park is under 2 feet of water.  They must be in a real mess.  Someone said you could not believe the waves unless you saw them.  More like Hawaii than Nevis.
Phones are working most of the time but no electric or government water.  The electric is turned off to prevent damage from live wires to people, animals and buildings.
When I hear more I'll let you know.
Lynne Hubbard
hubbard AT citnet.com

- St Kitts
  • From: Anne Bennett <annebenn AT mail.hurontel.on.ca>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 20:50:07 -0500
I got through to St Kitts this evening, from Canada. I contacted the
wrong person...by mistake, but asked how everyone was fareing.  *This*
pat told me that there was a lot of errosion on the island, with massive
sea swells, but they were faring better than Georges.  No one had been
injured or killed, and everything was under control, but still minus
electricity.  The Frigate Bay area had lost some trees, and a few
shingles - this I gathered from another friend, whose mother is down
there.  The telephone lines inwards, are mostely working, but again no
contct from person to person on the island.  I have a phone book handy,
so if anyone wants a number down there, please e mail me.


- Lenny
  • From: "Gordon Hubbard" <hubbard AT citnet.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 19:07:40 -0500
I have spoken to 2 people on Nevis within the last hour(6-6:30EST).  I am in the US but have a home in Jones Estate, Nevis.  The below is what I've heard:
LOTS of rain but less wind than with Jose.
Seas are terrible and coming over sea walls.
From Jones Estate you could see what looked like a cruise ship on the western horizon but it was just waves that disappeared.
"I went to the deep water port about 3PM AST and the waves were about 30ft. out at sea."
Four Seasons has alot of water in their ballroom and all of the bottom floor rooms are wet.
Sea coming over seawalls but the wind is not TOO bad about "80mph"
Rocks and debris all over roads.
I'll let you know as I know.
Lynne Hubbard
hubbard AT citnet.com

- Lenny Update - St.Kitts
  • From: "St. Kitts-Nevis Finance Co. Ltd." <finco AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 15:41:58 -0400
Hi there folks - I was unable to report further as electricity and telephone were out since last night. Phone service just returned to my area so i am trying to get this through before it goes again - I am operating my lap top on battery power.
We had a night of high winds, my estimate is up to 70 - 80 mph, not really that severe, but a tree in my yard is felled. College street ghaut ran during the night, eroding all the defences that public works tried to put up (sand and boulders). It once again jumped its banks by the bridge above Market Street and is undermining a property wall there. It has dumped tons of sand and debri on the bay road, causing the sea, though pounding the bay with mighty waves, to recede at its mouth about 150 feet. The sand in the road is built up to make crossing level (i.e. instead of going down).
Port Zante is still being heavily hit. The western defence wall of the port where it joins the Bay Road by New Town, has been broken down to the extent that the sea has eroded the road itself in a deep semicircle extending about half-way accross the road.
The gov't building which currently houses the Treasury and Ministry of Finance lost its roof to the southern end of the building.
Ready-Fried Chicken by the cinema burned last night - i don't know the cause as yet.
The wind and rain is continuing. This storm is LONG!! We understand it stood still during the night. Around midday today wind and rain picked up again, but has subsided somewhat at this time.
Will scout again later and give another update if the lines are still up.

- St. Kitts/Lenny
  • From: "Hite, Tim" <thite AT honor.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 10:20:34 -0500
Just got off the phone with my daughter...They have a house full still
waiting for the heavy hit...They have been waiting since last evening around
8pm. She said it's starting to look dark, which means the time is near...All
electricity has been off since 3am, and water has been off since last night
around 9pm. Looks like this one is gonna hang around a bit and do some
damage. It's not moving that fast, and looks like it's going right for
St.Kitts....My prayers to you all........

Timothy Hite
Star Systems Inc.
thite AT honor.com

- Rough Seas.ppt
  • From: "Victor James" <jamesv AT candw.ag>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 21:05:18 -0800

It has been raining on and off since morning. At one points in the forenoon we got ash from the volcano fall with the rain.

The seas are very rough. Six fishing boats were destroyed by heavy seas earlier today. Waves had been breaking over the emergency pier built at Little Bay.

Current just went I have to go now.

Victor M. James
P. O. Box 204
Montserrat  W. I.
Tel. (664) 491-5451
Fax (664) 491-6313
  • Attachment: Rough Seas.ppt

  • - The calm before the storm?
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 19:06:31 -0400
    As I type this (7pm) the wind is blowing but it is NOT TOO BAD.
    OK, we've had a lot of rain and it's still raining but I thought it would be
    We've heard the weatherman who keeps telling us how bad it is - but it isn't
    Prof. Peter 'The Optimist' Crane (Nevis)

    - Lenny
    • From: "St. Kitts-Nevis Finance Co. Ltd." <finco AT caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 16:54:00 -0400
    Hello folks,
    It is presently 4:50 pm and the winds have begun to pick up a bit - no real serious wind in my area as yet, but the thunder and lightening is intensifying at this time and is accompanied by moderate showers. I took a drive down to the Basseterre harbour earlier today. Very high waves are pounding the harbour, and I understand that small crowds watched a boat sink in the harbour. The waves are crashing over Port Zante, and collecting in the bay road area - thus that area is flooded with sea water which cannot escape easily. We are still hopng that the storm goes more northerly and steers away from us.
    That's it for now
    Percival Hanley
    Shadwell Site

    - Come in - the Water’s Lovely
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 13:08:58 -0400
    As I type this (1pm) the hurricane has not yet reached BUT -
    There are reports of houses being washed into the sea!
    The Capital (Charlestown) is flooded.  People are requested NOT to try
    to get into town unless they have urgent business there.
    Friends report being without electricity SINCE LAST NIGHT!
    Even if the hurricane doesn't hit (and it will) it's still a very 
    bad scene man!
    Prof. Peter 'Taking the High Ground' Crane (Nevis)

    - Lenny
    • From: Paul and Marlee Jones <jonesp AT candw.ag>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 12:29:47 -0400
    Reporting from Montserrat...We are experiencing extremely high seas,
    have had intermittent squalls...heavy rains, strong winds.  We are
    expecting height of storm late afternoon.
    More later.  Marlee Jones

    - Weather/situation updates (fwd)
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 10:35:02 -0500 (EST)
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 11:08:59 -0400
    From: St. Kitts-Nevis Finance Co. Ltd. <finco AT caribsurf.com>
    Subject: Weather/situation updates
    I read your request for persons to assist with progress reports. I live in
    St.Kitts and would be willing to assist as long as power and telephone
    links will allow. The night was calm with no rain or wind. However
    intermittent showers started at about 6:30am and have intensified to more
    frequent downpours with accompanying lightning and thunder. The wind is
    still calm here - only rain thus far, but Kittitians have been to the
    hardware stores this morning from 7:00am to purchase necessary items to
    make preparation, which has to be carried out in the rain. The soil here
    is very saturated as only on monday we had a lot of rain that caused minor
    flooding. The Ghauts ran for a while but no major damage recorded. We are
    just bracing for Lenny and hoping that it will steer clear, or at least
    sufficiently clear to minimise the effects.  On the lighter side, the one
    person in St.Kitts with the name Lenny is a "queer". People are joking
    about the fact that Hurr. Lenny is going the "wrong way", hence they also
    dub it queer!! Percival

    - Hurricane Lenny
    • From: "Victor James" <jamesv AT candw.ag>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 10:03:42 -0800
    We had some early showers this morning with some thunder and lightening. It is not raining presently but overcast.
    No school today but teachers were asked to go out to assist in securing the school property.
    Carrs Bay and Little Bay are rough already.
    (More information will follow.)
    Victor M. James
    P. O. Box 204
    Montserrat  W. I.
    Tel. (664) 491-5451
    Fax (664) 491-6313

    - it gets worse!
    • From: Joanne Walters <waltson AT caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 00:16:18 -0400
    With each update it just keeps looking worse for St. Kitts.  Now the
    projected path brings the whole mess too close.  Any complacency will no
    doubt be long gone by morning!!  I know that a lot of people are holding
    out until morning to decide whether or not to board up.  Hope it isn't
    too late to do so safely.

    - Power and No Power
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 06:18:17 -0400
    We had a power cut from 6pm yesterday to about 11pm and the storm hadn't
    come yet!
    We had another power cut just before 6pm.
    To EVERYONE - Good luck and stick with it!
    We all know what to do and we are strong.
    Support each other.
    Nice informative address from Gert van Dijken at 0:05, dontcha think?
    Prof. Peter 'still in the dark' Crane (Nevis)

    - Total Confusion
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 23:07:57 -0400
    As a senior politician said, today, 
              "Hurricane Lenny crept up upon us like a thief in the night".
    People I spoke to said that the hurricane didn't know where to go!
    I have NO idea when the storm is going to hit and how hard it is going to be.
    My guess is that it will arrive in the morning and be VERY bad!
    The CENTER of the storm is not as important as its RADIUS!
    In other words, when we will we feel the effect?
    OK, I am fairly well prepared - but who else is?
    Prof. Peter 'running scared' Crane (Nevis)

    - Re: [HURR] - Lenny! (fwd)
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 18:03:00 -0500 (EST)
    Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 17:40:16 -0400
    From: Jacqueline Armony <jalatuka AT caribsurf.com>
    Several business in Basseterre are preparing by closing their storm shutters
    and such. Hardwares and groceries are staying open to facilite last minute
    buying. Emergency meetings are being held with disaster preparedness personnel
    in the different areas of the island. Because of the already oversaturated
    ground, and the anticipated rain, we expect flooding which now happens
    routinely when there is even a slight drizzle! The heavy rains in the
    mountains in the past few weeks continue to pose problems in the lower lying
    areas so you can imagine how things will be if  Lenny's watery self gets
    dumped on us.
    I just took off my storm shutters this weekend thinking it was all over! Have
    to start all over again.
    Take care all and good luck.
    Jackie A.

    - lenny???
    • From: Joanne Walters <waltson AT caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:42:00 -0400
    It looks to me like the situation for St. Kitts Nevis is worse with each
    weather update.  Looks like it may come closer than orignally
    projected.  What do you think Peter, are we all be too complacent?
    After all, we are on a Hurricane watch and T.S. warning as of 11:00 this
    I'd like to know your take on this because nobody I talk to seems to be
    worried at all!

    - Here We Go Again
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 07:00:06 -0400
    Hurricane Lenny is out there!
    It is forecast to cross Puerto Rico in two and a half days.
    Get ready!
    Peter Crane (Nevis)

    - An Aftermath
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 07:59:47 -0400
    Last night the local radio station (VON) announced that there has been a
    "massive outbreak of gastric enteritis" here on Nevis and that a child has
    died from it.
    The station stressed the importance of food hygiene, particularly during the
    preparation of food.  
    I agree that food hygiene is extremely important.
    Now, I don't know about you but it is easy to speculate that there might be
    a single cause for this problem.
    Is the water contaminated?
    Interestingly, we have had a LOT of power cuts since Hurricane Jose.  Many
    people now have electric refrigerators and electric freezers. Need I say more?
    Peter Crane (Nevis)

    - And the Animals Went in Two by Two
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Sat, 06 Nov 1999 08:17:22 -0400
    Aw C'mon!  The joke is over!  Turn off that tap why dontcha?
    Lots of rain and everything is luscious and green (except my vehicle which
    is rust-coloured).
    We met a lovely couple who are on holiday from Cape Cod (New England - USA),
    called Janice and Ron, who are having a great one-week holiday here on
    Nevis.  They invited us to their Chalet.  Unfortunately I had left my axe at
    home so I had to behave myself.  I was astonished at the quality of their
    chalet - it is really lovely.
    They say that they love it here on Nevis and are going to come back next year.  
    Remind me to carry that axe!
    Peter 'psychotically challenged' Crane (Nevis)

    • From: Joanne Walters <waltson AT caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 17:35:22 -0400
    Was that thunder  I heard this afternoon at 5:30 local time??   LOL I
    guess the weather man was just a few days ahead of himself!!

    - Oh Lordy - Tuesday Update
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 07:48:13 -0400
    The forecast for Tuesday was
              Showers and thunderstorms.
    Dawn  broke to a clear blue sky without a single cloud in the sky.
    Throughout the morning a few 'cotton-wool' clouds appeared until the cloud
    cover was no more than 10%.
    It stayed that way ALL DAY with a light and pleasant breeze.
    Not a drop of rain fell.
    No thunder was heard.
    The only way that it could be a more perfect Caribbean day would have been
    if a kindly old lady had pressed $1000 into my hand!
    The forecast was rubbish and you will be pleased to hear there will be 
    no more 'Oh Lordy' updates.
    Peter 'waxing poetic' Crane (Nevis)

    - Oh Lordy - Monday Update
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 08:10:34 -0400
    The forecast for Monday  was
              Showers and thunderstorms.
    We had dawn rain and a lovely morning.  The afternoon was overcast with
    distant thunder and we had overnight rain.
    So far the forecast is close but not VERY accurate - GOOD!
    Peter Crane (Nevis)

    - Oh, Lordy
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 20:42:29 -0400
    No storms on the horizon, just a forecast for :-
    Monday     Showers and thunderstorms.
    Tuesday    Showers and thunderstorms.
    Wednesday  Showers and thunderstorms.
    Thursday   NO showers and thunderstorms but overcast
    Friday     Showers and thunderstorms.
    Yours from dripping wet Peter Crane - Nevis

    - And now for something completely different!
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 23:01:52 -0300
    Copied from USA Today:-
    Astronomers predict big sky show.
    This year's Leonid meteor shower could light the sky with thousands of
    shooting start the morning of Nov. 18.
    But NASA says, a brilliant display isn't a sure bet.
    The Leonid meteor shower occurs every November and can have
    different intensities each year. A meteor shower occurs when space dust
    enters the upper atmosphere and burns up, leaving an illuminated streak in
    its wake that are commonly called "shooting stars". A normal meteor
    shower will produce a few to a few hundred streaks, or shooting stars, per
    The Leonid meteor shower is caused when the earth passes through a trail
    of dust left by the Temple-Tuttle comet. This trail of dust is refreshed every
    33 years when the comet passes through the inner part of the solar system.
    The Temple-Tuttle comet passed through the inner solar system late in
    1997 and early in 1998. Astronomers hope that the comet left behind a
    good amount of dust, allowing for a meteor shower with a few hundred
    shooting stars per hour. A few astronomers are hoping that the dust
    produces a meteor storm, which is a few thousand to a few hundred
    thousand shooting stars per hour.
    The best viewing of the Leonid meteor shower will be during the early
    morning hours of November 18 from around midnight till dawn. 
                       Source: NASA
    I didn't know that!
    Well - well - well!
    That will make a welcome change from watching for hurricanes, children,
    won't it?
    Peter Crane (Nevis)

    - TD#15
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 19:43:14 -0300
    TD#15 is in the Caribbean Sea and is predicted to head over Nicaragua and
    Please spare a though and/or a prayer for these poor people who have not yet
    recovered from Hurricane Mitch - last Year.
    I heard, recently, on the radio that Honduras lost something like 9,000
    souls (with some 5,000 people still missing, feared dead) and 2 million (!)
    were made homeless.  Many are still homeless!
    Peter Crane (Nevis)

    - Donkey Spiders - the True Story
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 19:31:37 -0300
    I am indebted to William Glover (a Nevis resident who is currently
    off-island) who writes:-
    'You can't be doing much hands in the soil gardening or you would know 
     that donkey spiders are unaggressive and rarely bite unless squeezed too 
     hard. The bite is no more painful than a bee sting. I've had no end of 
     them on my hands and arms over the years and have only been bitten once. 
     Inclined to think the name derives from their coloration and slowness of 
     movement. Known as 'matoutou' in St Lucia which is a bit strange as 
     'matou' is French for a tom cat. 
     If you are really bothered by such beasts, stay away from the Amazon. 
     Tarantulas there grow as big as dinner plates.'
    Many thanks, William.  I might go straight out and make friends with a
    donkey spider or two.
                       OR NOT!!!!
    Peter 'get that spider off me' Crane (Nevis)

    - Recovering from Jose
    • From: "Icilma King" <sis_love AT hotmail.com>
    • Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 08:38:33 PDT
      Hi Gert,
      Just writting to let you know that our country ST.KITTS
    (in certain areas of the island) had land slides from the
    after math of Hurricane Jose, and we are still cleaning up
    our town from all the mud and sand that came down from our
    ghuts that are in the middle of our town, but all thanks to
    the almighty for his protection from all harms.
      St. Kitts is a beautiful country with loving, caring, and helpful
    people, and with that kind of personalities we have done a lot in
    the cleaning-up of our Island and are on our way once again.
      To all who have suffered in some way, you are all in my prayer
      Yours truely,
    Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com

    - What looks like rain?
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 17:56:18 -0300
    What looks like rain, falls like rain, and wets like rain?
    The Answer is - RAIN  !!
    Today, it didn't come down in buckets.  It came down in Bathtubs!
    My wife and I spent the afternoon mopping.
    Anyone know a good joke to cheer us up?
    Peter Crane (Nevis).

    - A Plague of Flies be Upon my House
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 12:10:57 -0300
    And not just flies but mosquitoes and DONKEY SPIDERS!
    Donkey Spiders are, I believe, a species of Tarantula but no-one can tell me
    exactly what they are.
    CAN YOU?
    They probably don't eat donkeys (ha-ha) but they can probably frighten them.
    They frighten me!
    They live in the ground with an entrance hole about one inch across.  They
    are reputed to be very aggressive but I'm not sure about that.  During
    excessively wet weather their homes get flooded, poor things, and they go
    I wish they would eat the flies and mosquitoes!
    My radio still doesn't work.
    Peter Crane (Nevis)

    - My Radio is Broken
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 08:22:25 -0300
    We've just been talking to some friends in the Gingerland Area - here on
    Nevis - who got the electricity turned on last night.  That is MUCH quicker
    than last year, after Georges.  Well done the Electricity department.
    My radio is broken so and I don't get TV - Oh Dear!
    Regards to everyone and cheer up
    Peter Crane

    - Is It Amazing?
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 18:56:21 -0300
    I have just been listening to ZIZ Radio - the local St. Kitts Radio Station.
    They said that, during the passage of Jose, the majority of Kittitians had
    Water, Electricity, and Television services.
    I live in Nevis so I cannot confirm this but I can definitely say that as far 
    as I know, during the passage of Jose, NO NEVISIANS had Water, Electricity, 
    or Television services - none.
    Maybe I am mistaken.
    I feel very happy for St. Kitts.
    Peter Crane

    - Two Days Later ...
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 17:26:28 -0300
    It's more than 48 hours since Jose called.
    We still haven't seen any sun - Grey skies is all.
    Not much rain, though today.  Just one heavy shower this morning.
    LOTS of mosquitoes!
    Tell me, please, someone:-
    After a hurricane is the air laden with positive ions?
    You know - the little so-and-sos that make you feel depressed just before a
    It feels that way to me but what do I know?
    We haven't ventured out yet because our 'road' is just a dirt track and the
    rain will have turned it into mud.  Experience tells me that although it
    will be passable it will be very skiddy and I don't want to skid off the
    road THANK YOU!
    When we have to we'll take a look around.
    Bye for now,
    Peter Crane

    - Re: [HURR] - Jose: where oh where...
    • From: icilma king <icilma_k AT yahoo.com>
    • Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 09:46:54 -0700 (PDT)
     Hi Gert,
     Hurricane Jose did pack his punch.
     First i must say before the storm pass our country
    (St.Kitts), the community got prepared quickly, for
    the Hurricane, Hardware stores, Supermarkets,
    Drugstores, ect open late on Wednesday, 20th,
    October,1999 so that residents can buy up last minuet
    In my village where i lived, houses were boarded up,
    and villagers can be seen gathering extra water for
    During the event of the Hurricane passing our islands,
    we experiance gusty winds, and a few scattered
    When the storm passed we recieved lots of rain that
    causes mudslides in some parts of the islands, soil
    erosions, our guts in the city flowed heaverly, and
    those in different parts of the country flowed also.
    In some parts of the Island flood waters flowed
    through some villagers yard, which causes the water to
    rise and flood through their homes but minimum damages
    to some and others have to seek help who has sustaine
    maximum damage. Through it all St.Kitts have excape
    the forse of the winds and we thank God for his
    mercies.  Right now villagers are just cleaning up and
    getting things back to normalcy, a few citerzens are
    still out of electricity and water but thank God no
    life was lost to my knowledge.  
    To the rest of the Carribbean Islands you have my
    sincer good wishes and heartfelt symperty if you have
    sustaine major damages.
    God bless you,
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    - hurricane jose
    • From: Joanne Walters <waltson AT caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 00:03:53 -0300
    I agree with Peter Crane's report, however I would add that the rain was
    excessive!!  The College Street Ghaut was like a raging river and at
    times was completely impassible, even at the top where there is a
    bridge.  The Ghaut overflowed just on the other side of the bridge.
    There's a lot of mess in town.  I heard that one man was washed away in
    the waters and possibly a bus went down too.  Both of these were
    unsubstantiated reports.
    All is quiet now.  I hear that the Hurricane Centre is sending out a
    plane to check out another area south east of us in the morning.

    - Have a good day - Jose
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 22:44:29 -0300
    To anyone who is worrying - don't Worry.
    Jose wasn't too bad but there has been a lot of rain AFTER the hurricane passed.
    The eye passed about 40 miles to the East of us at its nearest point.  That
    put us in the so-called 'lee' of the storm and the HURRICANE winds had a
    radius of 30 miles so we only got STORM winds!
    in fact, during the storm my wife and I spent a lot of time on the gallery -
    enjoying the experience.
    I haven't heard of any casualtues.
    Electrical Power keeps coming and going so the Electricity Department are
    doing much better than they did last year - but Georges was a BAD one.
    The local Radio Station (VON) is full of self-congratulation about how well
    prepared we were and how well we weathered the storm but cynics (and, of
    course, that DOESN'T include me) might say that if the eye passed directly
    overhead we would have been EXTREMELY badly hit.
    Many people hadn't even boarded up their property!
    Peter Crane

    - Jose
    • From: "Victor James" <jamesv AT candw.ag>
    • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 15:52:34 -0700

    Hurricane warning was given on Tuesday. Most residents boarded up homes and businesses in preparation for Jose.

    Yesterday Wednesday Jose passed by but we got only gale force winds blowing at times from different directions and gusting periodically. Very little rain came during the strong winds. The island was over cast all day but we got more rain last night after the winds had passed. The seas were rough during the storm.

    Some place were out of electricity yesterday but by this morning electricity had been restored in the Geralds area and it is believed that by this afternoon electricity will be restored 100%. None of our poles were blown down only minor problems we encountered here on island.

    The ferry has not being running since Tuesday morning. It will resume operation as from tomorrow afternoon (Friday).

    We have had several showers of rain for the day. Presently it is not raining but it is overcast.

    Victor M. James
    P. O. Box 204
    Montserrat  W. I.
    Tel. (664) 491-5451
    Fax (664) 491-6313

    • From: "Victor James" <jamesv AT candw.ag>
    • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 11:25:55 -0700
  • Attachment: Doc1.doc

  • - Go away - Jose
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 22:27:39 -0300
    It is 22:20 on 19 October 1999.
    The rain is coming down.  
    Is it a normal shower or disturbed weather being spun off by Jose?
    I hope that it is a normal shower because we haven't finished our
    preparations and it is too dark and late to do any more - and I'm shattered!
    We've closed our hurricane shutters (except one which won't budge) but we
    have not yet cleared the yard of debris (we've just had some building work
    I've got some boarding-up to do which I can't do until day-break and I pray
    that Jose will keep away until I've finished.
    Before I go to bed I'll have to do a bit more inside (plastic sheeting over
    spare bed, etc.)
    Good luck to all - roll on the dry season!
    Peter Crane

    - Jose
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 18:05:46 -0400 (EDT)
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 18:07:14 -0400
    From: Jacqueline Armony <jalatuka AT caribsurf.com>
    Was in Nevis at a workshop when we heard of the news of Jose coming our way.
    We returned back to St. Kitts on the last ferry about 2 pm. The warning is up
    for both islands (although we continue not to exist in the Weather Channel)
    and people are beginning to prepare. NEMA is issuing warnings and asking
    people to heed them.  Schools are closed for tomorrow and hardware stores open
    after usual closing hours. Plans for various functions have been postponed or
    cancelled. We thought it was all over for this year....but it was not to be.

    - Is there a storm?
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 15:13:58 -0300
    I went shopping, in Charlestown, this morning and spoke to many people.  The
    vast majority knew NOTHING about Jose!
    The few who did said things like - "I don't believe that it will come here".
    However, I was told that the Four-Seasons resort (a VERY major hotel) 
    is evacuating.  What that means I know not.  If it's true I know not.
    I'm preparing - so there!
    Good luck to everyone in the path.
    Peter Crane

    - Watch out - there's a storm about
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 18:14:38 -0300
    I'm keeping my eye on TD#14 - are you?
    It looks like it will quickly pass through the Tropical Storm range and soon
    become a hurricane.
    Worse still - some models have it heading pretty much towards us.
    We are STILL in the season.
    Keep prepared,
    Peter Crane

    - Unreserved Apology
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999 06:53:01 -0300
    When I wrote my last article I thought that it was vaguely witty and vaguely
    A couple of hours later I realized that the wit was ill-advised and,
    although I haven't received any complaints, it was probably offensive to
    some members of the community.
    I abhor all attempts to demean ethical groups.
    Sexism, homophobia, and racism (for example) are anathema to me.
    To anyone who was offended - I APOLOGISE.
    Peter Crane

    - TD#12 is just a PUFF!
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 18:15:42 -0300
    I've been watching TD#12.
    It has become almost stationary (about 1475 miles away) and is predicted to
    dissipate.  Phew!!
    We're getting quite a lot of welcome rain here and, as long as They (you
    know who I mean), keep away I am sooooo pleased.
    But we are STILL in the season - so keep prepared and keep the faith.
    Peter Crane

    - Re: (autoreply)
    • From: icilma king <icilma_k AT yahoo.com>
    • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 07:54:13 -0700 (PDT)
    Dear Gert,
    I pray that the lord will keep those people in Florida and N.C safe
    from the power of Floyd, who seems to have a mind of his own.  But what
    about Gert? What is he/she going to do to  the rest of us down this
    side?  I care about what Floyd is doing, but it seems not much is talk
    about Gert and many people is a bit worred in my country about that
    Hurricane.  Is it likly to change its course at any time? please see
    what information you can get about this Hurricane Gert.
    St.Kitts is still experiancing some scattered showers now and then but
    our wheather is okay for now, and is warm, so any rain we recieved is
    well needed to cool down the earth.
    To all our Hurricane update friends i say take care and may god keep
    you all in this Hurricane season.
    Yours truly,
    I King
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    - Update
    • From: icilma king <icilma_k AT yahoo.com>
    • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 13:01:29 -0700 (PDT)
    Dear Gert,
    Glad to informed you that our country, St.Kitts, was spared from the
    power of Floyd.  We only recieved 
    rain and thunder storms thats about it.  Over the 
    weekend residents collected water and extra food just
    in case Floyd change its course but we were bless to have escape such a
    Thanks for giving me this opportunity to share with others what took
    place in our island, but we are getting prepared for Gert IF it come
    our way.
    Yours respectfully,
    I King
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    - Will Floyd Fizzle?
    • From: William Glover <wmglover AT caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 08:08:11 -0400
    Almost exactly one inch of rain fell in northwestern Nevis in the two 
    hours before 8am, but except for a few rumbles of thunder Floyd hasn't 
    had much to say for himself as yet. Winds no more than light and heavy 
    cloud cover all about except in the north, which is brightening. All in 
    all, Floyd so far is just another rainy morning in the Caribbean at Nevis.
    William Glover
    William Glover
    Mango Corners, Jones Estate
    NEVIS, West Indies (Antilles)
    wmglover AT caribsurf.com

    - Me no study Emily
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 17:48:20 -0300
    I spoke to a few people, today, asking how they felt about Emily.
    Most people said "Emily??".
    Many were not bothered and their sentiments are best expressed by a
    gentleman, called Vance, who said "If it do it do and if it don't it's better!".
    So ... no-one is worried .. so why should I?
    Peter Crane

    - Re: [HURR] Emily
    • From: William Glover <wmglover AT caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 11:22:29 -0400
    On 8/26/99 9:43 AM Gert van Dijken (gert AT vandijken.com) wrote:
    >I don't really want to send this message, but Emily is coming closer and
    >closer.  The 3 day forecasts over the last day or so are not very
    >consistent, while yesterday afternoon models showed that Emily might go
    >right over you, last night and this morning give Emily a more eastward
    With most at Nevis having four proper hurricanes under their belts (Hugo, 
    Luis, Marilyn, and Georges), not many here are concerned this Thursday 
    morning about a tropical storm named Emily since all took in stride the 5 
    inches and more of rain that fell this past Sunday when a tropical 
    depression passed through. No damage, though, save a few more holes in 
    the road.
    Peter Crane's hurricane checklist is most comprehensive but I would offer 
    a few suggestions:
    Cover every bed with one of those waterproof sheets (tarps) since a 
    water-logged mattress will soon become a lumpy and moldy mattress in need 
    of replacement.
    Those who have pools without an overflow pipe should open the pool drain 
    and drop the water level 6-12 inches, depending on anticipated rainfall 
    from storm.
    Remove and stow away pictures and any other objects on walls that would 
    suffer from water damage.
    Put towels behind door sills and thresholds.
    Double doors should be secured against blowing in with a length of 2x4 
    across the full width of the doors.
    Put a piece of electrical tape over all outside keyholes to keep water 
    out of the lock mechanisms.
    Disconnect mains power and TV antenna/cable at the first sound of 
    Fill bathtubs, if you have them, with water for drinking, washing, and 
    toilet flushing.
    Fuel and oil the chainsaw, and keep it handy.
    Just before a storm is a good time to spread fertlizer around the drip 
    line of trees.
    Coconuts on palms near a building should be removed before they become 
    flying cannonballs.
    Any ripe or nearly ripe fruit on trees should be harvested as there will 
    be none after the hurricane.
    Is your homeowner's insurance paid?
    Lastly, my wife recommends a good stiff gin for sleeping through a 
    hurricane. She slept all through Georges while I was mopping away.
    Warm regards,
    William Glover
    William Glover
    Mango Corners, Jones Estate
    NEVIS, West Indies (Antilles)
    wmglover AT caribsurf.com

    - Tropical Depression
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 19:39:49 -0300
    Tropical depression??
    It's depressed me!
    Maybe our local radio station (VON) gave warning of it but I didn't hear any.
    I had just cleared some 'junk' from a couple of rooms, stacking it in the 
    yard when DOWN came the rain, soaking everything.
    And my dodgy knee is aching!
    And ... no that's all.  At least the cistern is now full and the crops have
    had a good (a great) watering.
    Keep smiling,
    Peter Crane

    - Our Checklist
    • From: Crane Peter <pcrane AT media1.caribsurf.com>
    • Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 11:28:51 -0300
    If anyone is interested, here is our Hurricane Preparedness checklist:-
            Check and then close Hurricane Shutters
            Check Hurricane lamps & buy lamp-oil
            Stock up 1st aid kit
            Check Portable radio 
            Batteries - buy
            Check Torches
            Fill buckets with drinking water
            Fill buckets with washing/toilet water
            Fill flask with hot water (for drinks)
            Get blanket to put over freezer
            Turn freezer up
            Ice bottles in freezer
            Store ice cubes in vacuum flasks
            Buy non-perishable foods & milk
            Use up perishable foods
            Secure documents in waterproof condition
            Sharpen cutlasses
            Buy fuel for generator
            Get portable gas ring ready with bottled gas
            Lock off and secure bottled gas
            Inform family (abroad) of impending hurricane
            Nail/screw wood over unprotected doors/windows
            Get hammer, wood, nails at ready
            Get mops & buckets at ready
            Get waterproof coats & wellingtons at ready
            Put rugs away from risk of water damage
            Fill vehicle with fuel 
            Get waterproof sheets at ready
            Empty garbage
            Clear yard of debris
            Put away garden tools
    	Stow garden hosepipes
    	Stow plant-pots from gallery
    	Stow furniture from gallery
            Fill sand bags & place in strategic positions
            Move beds from walls
    If anyone can suggest any useful additions I would be grateful.
    Similarly, if anyone requires explanations I will supply.
    Good luck  -  Peter Crane

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