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- Hurricane Joaquin update. (Saturday 3rd Oct. 2015)
  • By Terry Richardson <survey at tciway.tc>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 13:42:06 -0400
Hi Gert,

My power was out from Thursday afternoon (1st Oct.) for about 24 hours until 
Friday afternoon (yesterday). 

As John has stated the flooding wasn't too bad, nothing like what we've 
experienced in previous storms. Roads were passable except for some low cars or 
folks who probably stalled due to water shorting out the electrics. 

The main inconvenience has been the power outage which severely affected Blue 
Hills in particular with two adjacent poles with transformers on Millenium 
Highway snapping like matchsticks and causing the major outage in the area, 
necessitating replacement of poles, transformers etc. there were outages in 
several parts of the island which kept the line crews busy all day and I'm sure 
into their second night. These guys do a brilliant job under extremely 
difficult conditions. 

Some lost a few roof shingles, a container at South Dock got moved around a 
little and someone is going to have to adjust his solar collectors a bit 
(photos below).

I heard that some boats which were dockside had problems with mooring lines not 
being adjusted to take into account the higher than normal water levels, but 
don't have any details.

All for now Gert and fingers crossed for the folks in the Bahamas. I'm still 
catching up after the power outage so haven't heard the latest.

Best regards


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- Providenciales update
  • By Norma Jackson <ejacksonnorma at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 12:11:38 -0400
The sun is shining here.  It is a bit windy but nothing like the past few days. 
 Westjet cancelled its flight to Provo today but  guess Air Canada has a 
different policy or did not get the same information.  At 8:00 a.m. NOAA had 
lifted the tropical storm warning.  

We have a better view of the ocean as a lot of trees lost their leaves.  

Sent from my iPad

  • By Norma Jackson <ejacksonnorma at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:47:32 -0400
It is still windy here but the rain seems to have subsided.  The banks in Grand 
Turk are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  I imagine the schools will be 
closed but have not received a phone message yet.  

Sent from my iPad

- Morning Arrived!
  • By John Lawson <j.lawson3 at icloud.com>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:32:56 -0400
Sometimes when it is stormy at night, the night goes on forever and you wish 
for the light of day!  I am sure that is how it is for the folks in the central 
Bahamas battling a Cat 4 hurricane.

Providenciales is through the worst of the Tropical Storm conditions and the 
forecast for us is a day or two of "just less than Tropical Storm" conditions.  
There will be heavy wind and more rain.

Due to the power outages and general flooding there will be very little 
commercial activity on Provo today.  No school, no government offices and 
several businesses electing to stay closed.  The airport reports that it is 
open, but many flights have been cancelled and I haven't heard a plan in a LONG 
time. Call first!

The TCI Ferry service will be ready for emergency travel, but will not resume 
normal service until later today or even tomorrow.  Call first!

Out my window the rain has subsided, for now and there is a constant 20mph wind 
with stronger gusts.  Reports are that the south side of the island has more 
wind.  Stay safe Marylou!

Best Regards,
John Lawson

- On and on...
  • By John Lawson <j.lawson3 at icloud.com>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:48:03 -0400
It just keeps on blowing...

Actually it is calming down ever so slightly now.  The rain has pretty much 
stopped and the wind gusts are less powerful and less frequent in this part of 

Of course it always sounds worse at night, when you can't see anything, but it 
really it calming.  The storm has moved another 30 miles away from 
Providenciales and we seemed to have slipped just outside of the Tropical Storm 

Still some power outages in various parts of the island.  Rumour is, that they 
shut off the areas with significant flooding as a safety precaution.  Sounds 

Winds in the 30mph range with stronger gusts are going to be with us all day 
tomorrow and maybe longer.  And of course all those new lakes that are 
scattered around our island are going to cause havoc for several days.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with our families and friends in the Bahamas.  
The end of our storm is the beginning of theirs.

Best Regards,
John Lawson

- Pictures
  • By John Lawson <j.lawson3 at icloud.com>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:25:56 -0400

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- Video facing the south shore
  • By Norma Jackson <ejacksonnorma at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:34:32 -0400

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- Road conditions on Provo
  • By Robert Sonderman <robertsonderman at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:34:55 -0400

The main highway from IGA (mid island) to Wheeland (western most settlement) both on the bay road and the back highway are passable with only a few large puddles.  Downtown main center and Aviation Way from there to the industrial park roundabout are under about a foot or more of water.  Only pickups and vans are passing easily.  Some smaller vehicles are already stationary.  The road to south dock looked even worse.


No trees down, a couple of power or phone lines across the road. Very little commercial activity or travel.  Winds are gusty but not any more intense than John reported.  Rain seems to be tapering off.


            Robert Sonderman




- Peak?
  • By John Lawson <john at tciferry.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:27:48 -0400
The wind has certainly increased since earlier this morning.  It has also 
shifted to a more westerly direction.  Depending on your exact location on the 
island, you may or may not have noticed.
Down in Thompson Cove, we were very sheltered from the South wind, but now that 
it has moved to coming out of the west, we are really noticing it now.
The wind is gusting to about 50 now, or slightly more.  The forecasts I am 
looking at indicate a very slow departure of the storm and basically these some 
conditions through the night and on to tomorrow.
As the hurricane turns to Cat 4 and heads through the Bahamas I can't help but 
think of how lucky we are in the TCI.

Stay Dry,
John Lawson

Best Regards,
John Lawson

- When it rains, it pours!
  • By John Lawson <john at tciferry.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:27:09 -0400
Cisterns are all full now, but it seems that we are in for another 24 or so 
hours of this drizzle/downpour.

The real challenge for some was the ultra high tide that just passed.  High 
seemed to be about 1 hour ago and it was three feet above normal in some places 
on the south side.

The road that passes the airport is really flooded and it seems that anything 
on the South side has a ton of water.  Storm surge must be responsible for 
some, rain and high tide responsible for the rest.  Some of the roads have so 
much water that little cars will have trouble and I have seen a few stuck at 
the side of the road.

I just lost power so I better post this and go see why!

Best Regards,
John Lawson

Best Regards,
John Lawson

- Not a Tropical Storm!
  • By John Lawson <john at tciferry.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:24:19 -0400
Wow! Sometimes we get hurricane warnings and go to the beach, today we are 
"technically not a tropical storm" and we are getting hammered!

To be a tropical storm, there must be sustained winds of 39mph, we are getting 
38mph with gusts to 45mph.  As that is a national average, certainly there are 
people getting higher winds at their place.

Banks and schools are closed.  The downtown part of the highway is 
significantly flooded, but most of Leeward Highway is fine.  There are reports 
of power and Internet outages in many places on Provo.  Fortis trucks are out 
and they are working to restore power where they can.  Many businesses will 
stay closed until it is clear what the day will bring.

There was an unconfirmed report of storm surge flooding in Middle Caicos near 
Conch Bar but I haven't heard any details.

The TCI Ferry Service is standing by, but not running the ferries yet.  While 
the vessels can operate in up to 50mph winds, the rain makes it very difficult 
to see and quite uncomfortable for the Passengers and Crew.

From the available reports it would seem like Providenciales will continue to 
get this same weather for the entire day.  The rain will come and go and the 
wind will also continue to gust to 45mph.  The 9am forecast says we are outside 
of the actual "storm" by only 20 miles.  As it strengthens and moves South 
West, we may notice periods of higher intensity.  We are in the South East 
quadrant of the storm and, for this particular storm that is an intense 
position.  The surf is predicted to be 10-12feet outside of the reef.

Stay Safe
John Lawson
Providenciales, TCI

- Right on the Edge
  • By John Lawson <john at tciferry.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:25:31 -0400
Currently in Provo we are seeing an absolute ton of rain (be careful what you 
wish for!)

Winds are gusting to 45 mph and the sustained wind is marginally below 40mph 
which explains why we were officially left out of the Tropical Storm Warnings.

That said, we are in the area of high intensity storm and that storm has 
increased.  Take a look:

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Best Regards,
John Lawson

- Fwd: TCI Praying for Rain
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:34:59 -0700
Update from Provo by John Lawson below
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John Lawson
Date: Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 3:22 PM
Subject: TCI Praying for Rain

Hi Gert,

Like the rest of the Caribbean, we are way too dry.  We saw Erika as our answer to the drought.  We are not getting rain at this moment and the odds are decreasing with each update.
I live in the center of Providenciales, and while the wind seems to be gusting to about 25 knots,  there is certainly no sign of anything bad coming.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Dominica and elsewhere whose lives have been significantly affected by this storm.

The airport here had said it would close from Friday through Sunday, but as the forecast improves, they are decreasing the closed time.  Currently they have suggested they will be closed on Saturday morning but will open if the storm continues to stay away.

The TCI Ferry to North and Middle Caicos and to South Caicos has had service interruptions.  They pulled the ferries out of the water at midday today.  In the morning they will reassess and hopefully offer the mid morning ferries and then the regular schedule after that.

Best Regards,
John Lawson

- Turks
  • By windwatt windwatt <windwatt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:40:18 -0700
An update from Turks, the wind has really picked up throughout the day and the sky's are getting darker the Airport is closing as a precaution which is causing a stir for people on vacation. I am at the Beaches resort and staff having been spending the day getting things ready for high winds. I will update as the events progress

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