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- Update of damage and losses to St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare at ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 19:37:18 -0400
4.5" of rain fell in 24 hours from Sunday through to Monday 14th November in St Vincent which is for too much rain on waterlogged rainy season ground or at any time for that matter. 
Unfortunately 2 fishermen camping near caves at Rocky Bay on Bequia were killed by a very serious landslide.  The Prime Minster made an address yesterday with the mother of one of the victims and was still hoping that they may be alive however NEMO (the emergency management service) report that there is little hope.  It will be very difficult to recover the bodies because of the terrain.
Other reports on API (the public information programme) were of landslides mainly in the south of the island with Questelles being particularly affected and the road blocked.  There have been several homes damaged or lost and 72 families relocated.  The north of the island was cut off for a day as the "Dry" River came down.   The areas in Kingstown are still being pumped out and cleared up.  The airport opened and flights were resumed at 1pm on the same day so inter-island connections and onward travel have not been too seriously affected.  The schools officially reopened on Tuesday apart from 11 that had to remain closed due to damage.
The weather is still wet with heavy showers at night so  the danger of landslides is still "clear and present".
Clare Ibberson John
Your holiday home in St Vincent

- Tropical Depression 27 - Rain all night and all day so far
  • From: "Clare Ibberson-John" <clare at ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 12:04:39 -0400
There is a tremendous amount of water still coming down and no sign of ease at all.  The rain was heaving and continual from about 6 pm last night. Overnight winds were strong enough to bring down practically all the golden apples from the tree.   At about 3.00 a.m. high gusts were moving the trunks of coconut palms. The ground is tremendously water logged already due to a very wet previous two weeks which will have an impact on the resilience of the vulnerable areas to flooding and landslides.
The centre of Kingstown is flooded as well as parts of the airport approach in Arnos Vale.  There have been significant landslides in Buccament and other areas of the Leeward side.  The radio is carrying eye witness reports of loss of buildings due to landslides.  Some fisherman camping in Bequia are reported missing presumed dead in a landslide.
A warning came out early this morning of school closures however last night the General Election campaign rallies continued in spite of the weather!
Clare Ibberson John
Your holiday home in St Vincent

- TD 27
  • From: "Barefoot Yacht Charters" <barebum at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 11:06:56 -0400

Have had winds gusting to tropical storm force throughout the night and still continuing this morning.  It’s as dark as night, torrential rainfall and two people are reported killed in Bequia in a landslide.  Airport and schools are closed, widespread flooding and doesn’t look like improving much for a while yet.  No reported damage to structures or yachts.

- Fw: 7 pictures for you
  • From: "Hodge" <bequiaboy at vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 18:55:01 -0400
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 10:34 AM
Subject: 7 pictures for you

Hey Stormy!
                  Take a look at these pics I took the other night. The time lapse was 65mins with about 25 min between pic 5+6.
The whole storm cloud went into the ionosphere and formed what!!!!????
Simon Peter
You have been sent 7 pictures.


Total is 198K (40 seconds at 56k)
These pictures were sent with Picasa, from Google.
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- Canouan
  • From: "Gary Morrison" <garymorrison67 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 09:06:59 +0000

At the moment, we are having a lovely calm and very humid night in The Grenadines. Lets hope it continue's.

Gary Morrison    

- Update
  • From: "Hodge" <bequiaboy at vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 18:54:17 -0400
Belated hello from bequia, i got to this very late .....poor Grenada!
Strong winds big seas in south ...no damage to repot ...keep up the good work
Regards Hodge

- CDERA to visit Grenada for first hand assessment
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <webmaster at cdera.org>
  • Date: 14 Jul 2005 23:15:04 -0000
DATE & TIME:  July 14, 2005 -- 5:00 pm

At 5 pm Eastern Caribbean Time, the center of Hurricane Emily was located near 
latitude 13.3 north, longitude 65.9 west or about 800mls ESE of Kingston, 
Jamaica. Emily is now a Category 3 Hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Scale. The 
Government of Jamaica has issued a Hurricane Watch for the island.

The all clear has now been issued for Grenada and its Dependencies and Trinidad 
& Tobago. Emily is fast approaching Jamaica and is expected to pass very close 
to the couth coast by the afternoon of Saturday, July 20, 2005. Participating 
States in the Northwestern Caribbean need to monitor the progress of Emily very 
closely and complete their preparedness activities.


The Grenada National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has provided the 
following update.
The overall picture has not changed significantly from that reported earlier. 
The Northeast of the island, Carriacou and Petit Martinique were the hardest 
hit by Hurricane Emily. The Prime Minister conducted an aerial reconnaissance 
of the country this morning with the assistance of the Trinidad & Tobago 
Defence Force.
The National Emergency Advisory Council is meeting this afternoon and will 
provide an updated report immediately after.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The National Disaster Coordinator has advised that following their more 
detailed assessments today it is apparent that the country fared well relative 
to the impact on Hurricane Ivan. 
52 Houses are reported damaged with 25 that lost their complete roof, 27 with 
significant damage.
The level of damage is within the capabilities of the island and therefore no 
support is being requested at this time.

Saint Lucia
The Damage and Needs Assessment Committee in Saint Lucia through the National 
Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has advised that they have conducted 
their initial assessment of the impacted areas of the island. No damages were 
observed to structures, some debris deposited on beaches and the river in Anse 
La Raye is in spate but not causing any flooding.

Trinidad & Tobago
The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management with the support of the 
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force conducted an aerial reconnaissance of the 
country this morning. This was followed by ground assessments in some areas 
conducted by the Municipalities.
Diego Martin Regional Cooperation ? the Diego Martin River was elevated but has 
since receded. Roads in some areas are blocked by debris and landslides but are 
being cleared by the Ministry of Works. 
Port of Spain City Council ? Flooding in some areas reported. Residents in need 
of assistance to clear and clean houses affected by mud.
San Juan/Laventille ? Many roads blocked by flooding and debris. Ministry of 
Works clearing to allow traffic to flow. Severe flooding reported in near 
Hololo Bridge and at Bourg Mulatresse. Water now receding. Landslides reported 
in Santa Cruz area are being cleared.
The Aranguez Bridge is impassable as the protective gabion baskets have been 
washed away. No entry to area is being allowed.
Retaining wall along San Juan River near MTS Plaza collapsed. Repairs to be 
made next week.
6 houses in Mt. Lambert flooded.
Tunapuna/Piarco ? Road by the Trincity Mall flooded and water rising. Most 
rivers in the area are reported in spate and rising.
Chaguanas ? Flood waters affected most areas but now receding. 30 persons in 
the Pierre Road, Charlieville area have been relocated due to flooding. Relief 
supplies being dispatched to the affected persons.
Couva/Tabaquitte/Talparo ? The Mamoral and Caparo rivers are reportedly in 
spate and have flooded the Carr Road area. The Ministry of Works will verify as 
conditions permit. The Caparo Village is completely cut off and  residents are 
Arima- Many areas affected by flood waters. 12 Houses flooded near Manuel Congo 
Road. River banks in some areas unstable.
Sangre Grande ? No electricity in Matelot due to fallen poles.
Tobago House of Assembly ? 9 roofs blown off. It was also reported that 40% of 
the island is without electricity from St. George to Charlotteville. 3 house 
damaged in Mt. St. George.
Many areas are threatened by flooding form rising river waters.
Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Corporation reported that 11,000 customers lost 
supply. 8200 have now been restored. Full restoration is expected by midday 


The Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) has been activated at Level 2. The RRM is 
an agreement among CARICOM member states as well as international and regional 
non-governmental organisations and relief agencies to provide assistance to 
impacted states.
The International Federation of the Red Cross Societies (IFRCS) has announced 
that it will be launching an appeal July 15, 2005 to raise much needed funds to 
support countries affected by Hurricanes Dennis and Emily. 
UNICEF has advised the Eastern Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) and CDERA CU of its 
list of emergency response items that could be made available to support any 
first response operations.
The Pan American Health organization (PAHO) is collaborating with local 
counterparts to conduct assessments of the health facilities. PAHO/CPC Barbados 
will deploy personnel to Grenada July 15, 2005. 
The OECS Secretariat has advised that its on standby to assist as necessary.

1.      The Preparedness & Response Manager will be deployed to Grenada on July 
15, 2005 to meet with local Officials.
2.      Information is being collated and SITREPS being prepared for 

The CDERA CU continues to issue SITREPs on Hurricane Emily which may be viewed 
at www.cdera.org. 
Contact Details: The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386

- Hurricane Emily
  • From: "Barefoot Yacht Charters" <barebum at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 09:07:02 -0400

Well, last night’s sudden re-intensification took us somewhat by surprise.  Power went down around 10.00 p.m. and didn’t come back until 8.00 a.m. this morning, and we had some pretty strong gusts, probably to 60 mph.  No major damage, but several tree limbs are down.  Seas look fairly rough and it’s overcast this morning but it seems the worst is over.  We’re hoping that Grenada, which bore the centre of Emily, didn’t suffer too badly.   

- All Clear!!!, we return to work
  • From: <guru at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 08:58:45 -0400

The web cam is online, http://shiek2.ww.com

The official address from the Prime Minster & Local NEMO office says
that the last 24 hours were a period of anxiety for us, At 8 AM the
tropical storm warning has been discontinued, a tropical storm warning
exists for Grenada and the ABC islands. Even though the warnings have
been lifted he urged Vincentians to be mindful of the weather
conditions, which exists on the islands.

He outlined the different stages of the storm over the last 24 hours and
the subsequent lifting of the Tropical storm means we need to get back
to the business of life, thus all Government workers are asked to report
to work, the private sector is also encouraged to report to work, he
lauded the responsive nature of vincentians after the warnings and
watches were issued.

A total of over 500 persons sought shelter in 31 shelters, and the
windward area which is without electricity will be restored by midday
today, the water supply is intact, and is restored. There were no
deaths, one 4-year-old boy was washed away by flash floods in Bequia,
but was recovered and was hospitalized, and is ok.

A total of 7 houses on the mainland lost their roofs, and 3 in union
island, the banana industry is still to be assessed, he outlined that
only 25Mph is needed to blow the trees down, so it will take some time
to fully assess, he commended the various Utility companies, Vinlec,
CWSA, Cable and Wireless, and the numerous volunteers, NEMO and Mr.
Howie Prince.

He expressed our solidarity with Grenada, there were reports of the
Hospital in St Georges being damaged, and a few houses, which have been
rebuilt, have been damaged, He said that Prime Ministers across the
region have been in contact with him.

He urged persons who are in the shelters to return home and continue
their lives as best as possible. Mr Martin Bollers president of the
local Chamber of Commerce advised all private companies to reopen as
soon as possible.


- St Vincent
  • From: "David Morgan" <davidmorgan at vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 07:50:10 -0400
so far still waiting for Emily a little bit of damage on Union Island but so far mainland clear, expect 70 mph winds today

- hurry up and leave Emily........
  • From: <guru at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 06:27:28 -0400
Like a thief in the night, Emily came and did her work, and has left 
us to patch our lives as best as possible, I always say a picture is 
worth a thousand words, so i will be going to get some photos to post, 
the webcam is online,


please pass the link around


- Update
  • From: <zabs at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 04:10:38 -0400
Well we are in the early hours (4: 15am)of thursday morning 14th July 
2005, and we have only had gusty winds. We have had winds avering 60 
mphfor almost an hour and gusts 70 mph. In the Grenadines we have had 
gusts of about 87 mph. Otherwise we have not seen any appreciable 
amounts of rainfall. And it does not seem to be likely either. Right 
now the gusty winds are still continuing....but the gusts are in 40s-
50s. If any damage is done, its most likely done by the wind. None has 
been reported thus far.

Over and out

- Emily, please leave!!!
  • From: <guru at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 02:51:36 -0400
There are storm force winds blowing outside now, I can hear debris 
being thrown about, my car is parked just outside my apartment, when I 
checked on it a short while ago, lots of leaves were lodged in the 
windshield wipers, the power lines are waving madly not sure how much 
of this they can take, we are definitely experiencing winds of more 
than 50 Mph, gusts of about 65 We still have Cell service ( C & W) 
power, and Internet (C & W).

I had aimed to post every hour, but must have dozed off, I will send 
another report in a ahort while



- Winds picking up steadily
  • From: "Colin F. Huskinson" <huski at vincysurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 02:38:19 -0400
I woke up at 2.10 am to find my VCR clock flashing 12:00 which means that we lost electricity sometime during my sleep. I can't have been out for long, though, since my computer was still up and these days my battery only gives me about 20 minutes.
What tipped me off that Emily was near was that my curtains were flying about quite a bit. I checked the net to find out that Emily was upgraded to a Hurricane since 11 p.m. Still, it's just wind gusts that have the trees doing a soca dance, but no rain. The sea sounds rough but it's too dark to see.
The latest satellite image has me worried for Grenada...again! My prayers are with them

- Oh Emily........
  • From: <guru at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 00:31:21 -0400
For the past 2 hours the wind here has been picking up, it will blow 
for about 20 seconds, at about 40 Mph then die down.

Stormcarib.com tells me

Results for St.Vincent (13.13N, 61.2W):
The eye of the storm is about 85 miles (137 km) away. If the system 
keeps moving at its current speed of 18 mph and directly towards you, 
it will take around 4.7 hours (0.2 days) to reach you. You are already 
experiencing strong winds. Better take cover instead of sitting behind 
the computer!

But I can't seem to get myself away from the computer, (sorry Gert), 
at around 11 pm, took a drve out to argyle, (on the windward coast) 
and apart from one small land slide, things looked dead, then as we 
came back the wind started to Howl, and one could feel it pushing you, 
Strange enough there is the remnants of some moonlight, and one can 
barely make out some clouds.

The current track puts Emily right on our doorstep, please pray for us 
as she is now strenghtened, and we do not know that she brings apart 
from the wind.

As morning breaks I will have the webcam on


I will continue to post on the hour as long as i have power.


- Tropical Storm Emily - long distance report
  • From: <clare at ourvincyhome.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 19:33:06 +0100
I'm not in the country at the moment however my husband reported just a bit
of rain and strongly breezy earlier in the day and now a text message to say
heavier winds and sporadic rain.

I hope my Vincentian compatriots are safe and, of course, those friends and
neighbours on our sister island Grenada who could do with a break from any
weather problems this season.

Clare John

- Emiy
  • From: "Bert Bonadie" <bertsvg at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 15:52:06 +0000
Live in Cane Garden, just outside Kingstown, overcast at moment with very light rain. Plane just took off so Airport still open. Storm now tracking south of Grenada and I expect that Emile would pass very close to Tobago.

- TS Emily
  • From: "Barefoot Yacht Charters" <barebum at caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 10:53:16 -0400

Conditions have been deteriorating since 9.00 a.m.  It’s now 11.00 a.m., very dark with thick cloud cover and sporadic, heavy rain.  It now looks as if the centre of Emily will pass well south of St Vincent, probably closer to Grenada / Tobago, but we nevertheless expect tropical storm force winds as we progress into the afternoon.  We have recalled all our charter yachts which are now stripped and securely moored in Blue Lagoon.  Many guests have (probably wisely) chosen to take shore accommodation for the night.  Our thoughts are very much with those further south and who may be impacted more severely, particularly with the people of Grenada who are still coping with the aftermath of last year’s Ivan.

- Rolly seas and heavy rain in the Grenadines
  • From: Getthestories at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2005 20:36:03 EDT
All night, all day in Bequia looking SE.  Little yacht traffic.
Image by Mango

- Gloom of Dennis Hangs Over Bequia
  • From: Caribsearchltd at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2005 02:16:11 EDT
 Gloom of Dennis Hangs Over Bequia
  • From: "Mango" <getthestories at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2005 02:15
Fickle rains accompanied confused or flattened seas here for the better part of the last 24 hours.  Precipitation ending and winds are perceptibly picking up.  Just double checked...victory!  Starry starry morning over Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines. 

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