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- RE: Jamaican Connection
  • From: "telavi" <telavi AT mail.gotelja.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 19:31:08 -0700

well, currently the backlash from Frances is leaving Kingston soaking slowly. 
Freak storms involving samll tornados and wipping winds left St. Elizabeth 
hurting even more. The farming capital of Jamaica, the western parish has yet 
to recover from Frances and Bonnie both which delivered heavy rains and high 
wind damage to homes and farms.

With Ivan still 2-3 days away, the people are hitting the supermarkets, however 
a lot more carefree than our previous two scares.

The trend and pattern of Ivan "The Terrible" is totally diffrent than anything 
else we have seen this season, however this unusal influx of monster storms may 
lay the path for the perfect storm.

Let see...

LG Laing
Kingston, Jamaica

- Ivan looms!
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 13:56:16 -0500
The local media has stepped up their warnings this afternoon on Hurricane 
Ivan shortly after he turned north-northwest. As of this morning, people 
were not really taking the threat seriously and the stores were nearly 
empty.  The Government is now urging employers to let their employees leave 
to prepare for the storm, although we have not seen an official watch or 
warning issued. Ivan seems to be a real threat to Jamaica although I hope he 
decides to take the same path as Charley and just pass us by.

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- jamaicans preparing!
  • From: "Dervon Fowler" <dervon AT anngel.com.jm>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 19:47:00 -0700
The media houses in Jamaica have been alerting the public about the impending approach of hurricane IVAN, there are signs that the public is taking these warnings seriously and shopping for "hurricane supplies" have begun in earnest. I'm praying that we somehow  dodge this dangerous hurricane, but alas! what is to be will be. I will be bunkering down and getting my final preps completed then "WAIT"  It has been raining on and off for two days now and the ground is probably  inundated by now. People out there, whisper a prayer for us. we'll talk soon.

- Gilbert 2!!??
  • From: "Andre Marriott-Blake" <sean134 AT msn.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 21:23:12 +0000

Hi all

    fist, my prayers are with those who are suffering the wrath of Ivan,Unfortunately for Jamaica, Ivan is taking a track directly to us. by then it is expeced to be a Cat. 4 or 5 hurricane. How ironic, 1 days before Hurricane Gilbert's anniversary we will be having another devastating system. On September 12,1988, Jamaica experience devastation from the infamous Hurricane gilbert (cat 3 @ time of Impact) that was the last hurricane to hit this blessed island.

  Jamaica is in no state to take on a major hurricane for as little rain fall, we have landslides and flooding especially in the St thomas/Portland area.

please keep us in your prayer!! i will give you an update later in the week.

 Andre Marriott

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- trouble in Paradise
  • From: "Andre Marriott-Blake" <sean134 AT msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 00:21:17 +0000
All our thoughts and prayer are with those who suffered the wrath of hurricane Frances.We in Jamaica are praying for you all.I was in Florida 3 weeks ago and felt the wrath of Charley, my prayers are also with all Floridians, and i do hope that by some miracle you will be spared the brunt of this system. My advice to all those in this Storm's path is to evacuat and move to higher grounds or a safer place, trust in God  and ask him for his guidance and protection.
It seems as if Ivan will be a threat to the caribbean,lets keep our fingers cross and pray that we as well as the floridians get spared from what has the potential tp be a very devastating Storm.

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- Charley in Montego Bay
  • From: Rodman Monique <monique_rodman AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 07:17:56 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all:

Well, after being sent home early from work, I went to
to supermarket to stock up for Charley. By that time,
he had become a hurricane.  However, while in the
supermarket I noticed how brightly the sun was shining
outside.  When I got home it was close to 1:00p.m. and
by this time a few clouds could be seen overhead but
no sign of rain.  At 2:00p.m. I heard a few drops of
rain and within 10 minutes the steady drizzle stops. 
the sky got a little dark and I waited and waited for
the real rain to come.  Unfortunately for me,
throughout the night we only had a few drizzles.  When
I got up this morning the sun could be seen peeking
through.  At this time, the sun has come up in all its
glory and all are breathing a sigh relief.

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- The morning after
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 07:31:04 -0500
I have surveyed the damage in the light of day and we were very lucky. The sea is still really roaring and beating us up pretty badly. The storm didn't really hit here until after 9 p.m. and then things really let loose. The wind was very high, although there aren't any trees down. But the RAIN!  My gauge is overflowing this a.m. - which is more than 6 inches.  And remember it didn't even start raining until nearly dark. The radio is reporting there are a few people homeless from flooding and there is an unconfirmed report of one death. I know if anyone had stepped into the gully near me they would have been swept away in a second.  It was truly awesome.  All in all it looks like we were lucky.  I haven't been out in the world yet but will report local damage later.
Ann Lyons
Culloden Cafe
Whitehouse, Westmoreland

- Charley
  • From: "Tall-P" <tall-p AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 20:49:07 -0500

It’s almost 9:00 in the evening here on the west tip of Jamaica.   A gentle rain is falling for the last two hours.  Not a breath of wind all day here.  It’s great how the storm track has fallen below the original path now, and for today gone from tracking across the island, to passing 75 miles or more to the south. 



- Update
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 21:02:34 -0500
O.K. - now we have a storm. It has been raining for a couple of hours and JUST NOW - 9 p.m. the wind has really picked up. All of a sudden.
The lights are flickering and I have to go seal the place up. More later if possible.
Ann Lyons
Culloden Cafe
Whitehouse Westmoreland

- Thank you Charlie for passing us by
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 20:32:25 -0500
Well if you look at the radar, you would assume we have been getting slammed by Charley all day....still nothing on the north coast. Our electric came back on about 30 minutes ago, but I still cannot understand why it even went out....maybe someone in Kingston or Old Harbour sneezed! I hope this one will pass us by.....and I pray the folks in Cayman are as fortunate as we have been.
Till tomorrow......

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- Update
  • From: "Clarence Chin-Fatt" <cfchinfatt AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 20:21:41 -0400
Well, Charley was upgraded to a hurricance with its effect being felt all over the island. However, Charley appears to have spared the island as it veered away the southern section of Ja heading westward.
From 3pm to time of writing (8pm), there has been little or no rain in the St. Andrew area. Presently, it is extremely windy. No report of injuries or death due to rain.

- From Westmoreland
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 17:47:22 -0500
Near Whitehouse in Westmoreland the rain began about an hour ago, in earnest. It isn't heavy and there is no wind but the clouds are very low and dark. I understand the storm may be passing near to us so we aren't out of the woods yet. More later.
Ann Lyons
Culloden Cafe
Whitehouse Westmoreland

- Still Waiting
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 17:34:18 -0500
Not much else to report from the north coast...mostly rainy and gusty as it 
has been on and off all day. The electric in Upton and the Exchange area 
went our shortly after 2 pm and is still not back on. Traffic on the roads 
has been light. I have not ventured into Ocho Rios, but Sue Morris seems to 
have a good report on that......guess we will just keep waiting.

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- you would think that we were getting
  • From: "Tall-P" <tall-p AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 17:30:32 -0500

you would think that we were getting murdered by this storm if you look at any weather map.  So far, and it’s now 5 :30 here on the west tip of Jamaica, we had one rain for about ten minutes, this morning.  No winds, no rain.  I guess later?

- Charley
  • From: "Sue Morris" <sue.island AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:48:50 -0500
Wednesday early afternoon on the north coast of Jamaica. It is raining off and on with gusty winds. Kingston is experiencing the same type of weather. Charley has not yet made his mind up which way he is heading.
The grocery stores, garages and hardwares are doing good business, while many of the other businesses have closed for the day. We will just have to wait and see what happens from here.
Sue M

- TS Charley Update from Kingston Jamaica
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:38:35 -0400
It is now 1:30pm CST (Kingston Jamaica Time) and we are really feeling the effects of Charley, which has just recently been upgraded to a category 1 hurricane - on a path straight for Florida via Cuba.  Floridians - prepare yourselves as this storm continues to strengthen.  The winds have really picked up and the rain is coming down pretty hard.  We are experiencing gusts of @ 30mph - of course that will get much stronger over the next couple of hours.  I am taking pictures as the storm progresses and will send to those interested.  The power has been blinking off and on for the past half hour - we expect to lose all power before this is over.  I have been in touch with friends in Port Antonio (northeastern part of Jamaica) and they were hit pretty hard earlier this morning.  Lost all power, high winds and heavy rains, but the cell phones are still working.....and they are having a hurricane party since there really isn't much else to do during the storm.  As of 20 mins ago, things have been quiet for them but they are expecting that to change as well.  The storm clouds are dark and moving in a circular motion over Kingston.  It's eerie in the sense that we will get high winds and heavy rain, then it will stop and become completely still for a few minutes before it picks up again.  The birds have completely stopped singing - a sure sign of stronger winds to come.  I live in the mountains overlooking the city of Kingston (@ 5 miles from the city)- on a normal day you can see downtown Kingston clearly but right now we can't see the city at all due to the heavy rains.  I will keep you updated as I can.  Thanks to those who have been in touch and requested updates and kept us in your thoughts and prayers. 

- Tropical Storm Charley in Jamaica
  • From: "Clarence Chin-Fatt" <cfchinfatt AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 13:19:28 -0400
Corporate area (Kingston & St. Andrew)
From morning until the time of this report, it has been overcast with light showers and little or no wind. As I write at 1pm, rain has been coming down a little heavier, some thunder is rumbling in the distance and wind is picking up slightly.( I am off the Constant Spring Road).
Just overheard on radio by presenter who came off the road that the traffic is very heavy
More anon.

- Spared once again?!
  • From: "Andre Marriott-Blake" <sean134 AT msn.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 17:58:39 +0000

Well....Once again it looks like the blessed island of Jamaica has benn spared the rath of another potentily dangerous system.The latest computer moduls are showing that charley is more to the south than Estimated. I only hope that Cayman Island, Cuba and the united States get spared. Our prayers are with you.

Andre Mariott-Blake

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- Charley
  • From: "Tall-P" <tall-p AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 12:53:12 -0500
We had one band of showers so far.  It's hot and the skies out west are
blue.  The sun is shining now it one oclock here.  But for us the whole
island is covered now with rain.

We worry about the south coast from Sav to Little Bay, and wonder if they
will get a big flood?  It's all so low there, thousands of little houses on
that flood plain.


- T.S Charlie starts its impact
  • From: "Andre Marriott-Blake" <sean134 AT msn.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:58:40 +0000
Hi alll... I live in KIngston.....yesterday we had heavy rain but know we are have windy conditions  about 30 miles per hour..... It is very likely that as the eye aproaches the electricity and phones will be offf.... I will try to update u soon.

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- From Westmoreland Jamaica
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 11:32:51 -0500
`Hello all - I am just reporting there isn't anything to report. We just now got a little light cloud cover after a perfectly beautiful Caribbean morning. There is a light variable breeze and it is dark in the east. We are still waiting. Wish us luck.
Ann Lyons
Culloden Cafe
Whitehouse Westmoreland

- Charley
  • From: "Elke Macdonald" <erabo AT anngel.com.jm>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 07:56:03 -0500
Hello from Runaway Bay, we live right by the sea and the waves are getting
higher than usual,
it is getting cloudy   and we had a little drizzle, looking east along the
coast,, the sky is getting darker and the clouds are moving rapidly
westwards, keep you posted, if electricity
doesn't let us down.
Woo! the wind is picking up.
Elke & Charlene  Macdonald

- Update
  • From: Rodman Monique <monique_rodman AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 06:16:10 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all:

Montego Bay was a little overcast yesterday at about
4:30 p.m.  This morning it appeared that we were in
for a nice little shower but by 8:00 a.m. the sun came
up.  Hoping for a sunny afternoon and a sunny
Thursday.  Will keep you posted.

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- Bracing for Charley
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 05:51:47 -0500
I am on the north coast  and we have not felt Charley yet. The sky to the southeast  is very overcast and it is very quiet and still, acutally it is almost eerie as it is rarely this quiet.  Most people I spoke to last night had no idea that there was TS heading our way and the Government did not issue any offical warnings or watches until last night. We usually lose the current when someone sneezes too hard, so I expect we will be losing electric and phone services during the course of the day. I will keep posting as things here progress.
Sue Warnke
Ocho Rios

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- The breeze is up
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 04:19:07 -0500
Good Morning - I am writing  from the south coast of Jamaica - right on the seaside in Westmoreland.  We have started to have a pretty steady breeze that feels unusual. I haven't experienced a bad storm before so I guess that is what I am feeling.  The sky is clear and the moon just up.  I will report any developments, as long as my power holds out.  It doesn't take much to have our power go - so don't be alarmed.
Ann Lyons
Culloden Cafe

- TS Charley Update - Kingston Jamaica
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 04:53:08 -0400
We are just beginning to feel the winds from the outerbands of TS Charley.  It is 3:49 a.m. central time - the winds have really picked up and the lights are beginning to flicker in Kingston.  No rain yet - we just checked out the satellite image of TS Charley online and can see it is on the eastern most edge of Jamaica - knocking on Kingston's door.  Will keep you posted as we can - we expect to lose power and internet service as conditions deteroriate, however.  It looks like this is going to be a direct hit for Jamaica.  Keep us in your prayers.
Rebecca and Don

- Tropical Storm Charley - Jamaica Observant
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 16:14:39 -0400

I currently live in Kingston, Jamaica.  Currently, we are not experiencing any winds or rains in Kingston due to TS Charley.  I do expect that to change over the next 24 hours as the storm approaches.  The storm is not being taken seriously here…..YET.  I went shopping to prepare for the storm (water, bread, nonperishables, batteries, etc.) and the stores were completely empty.  Lots of stock on the shelves but no shoppers in the stores – so I loaded up since Jamaica is known to lose power and water at the slightest breeze and not restore it for several days.   The radio broadcasts are warning of the storm heading our way.  My family is prepared to ride it out – although it is still unclear at this time exactly where TS Charley is heading.  I will keep you posted should the weather conditions deteriorate. 


Rebecca Stauter

Venue Development Department


- Charley
  • From: Rodman Monique <monique_rodman AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 11:07:15 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all:

We have been having a nice sunny weather since this
morining in Montego Bay.  It was raining at about noon
yesterday, but no storm clouds have been seen yet.
Will keep you informed

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- System Passes
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2004 16:11:06 -0500
I think that we all breathed a collective sigh of relief as the storm system passed us and weakened last week. Although there were heavy rains in some areas, I have not heard any reports of damage or extensive flooding, although it has provided some pretty sultry days. In fact, not much was reported on the storm in the media, in the form of warnings or damage casued. Now, we just need to keep our eyes on the next system that is south east of the Dominican Republic and hope that it does not become any stronger.

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- We're in for nasty weather!
  • From: "Corinne Smith" <corinne AT smithwarner.com>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 15:29:48 -0500
Hi all,

Well it looks like the first exciting weather of the year is about to
arrive. I am a bit surprised that we haven't been hearing a lot about
this system on the radio, but then maybe it's because I'm chained to my
desk (figuratively, that is) with only my work to entertain me. The
satellite image seems to suggest that the wave is intensifying (it's
getting that swirly look), but the NHC has not said so yet. I do hope
that when/if word does get out, that there is adequate time for those in
flood-prone areas to prepare. The parish of Portland is particularly
prone to flash floods and landslides, and they will need all the help
they can get. I will send an update tomorrow if/when the system reaches

Over and out!


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