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- Oct 5th
  • By jim&sharon <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:26:40 -0400
Morning. Was a good night with 35mph wind gusting to 47.

At 7:21am  Barometer is 29.78
wind SE  21 mph
Highest gust at 12:46am   43mph
No rain
Seas have dropped yo about 2-3 ft
Looks like we were very lucky. Maybe some outer storm bands coming up to us which may bring some rain and more wind.
Wishing Luck to our Bahamian Neighbors.

Stay Safe


- 7am Wednesday -> All Good
  • By John Lawson <j.lawson3 at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:12:56 -0400
As predicted it was an eerie night with wind blowing and gusting to about 40mph.  No sign of rain.

The wind has already begun to subside and that will continue for the day.  With luck, we will be "back to business" later today or tomorrow.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with those in Haiti, the DR and the Bahamas.  This was a big storm and those who suffer/ed a direct hit have significant loss.

Best Regards,
John Lawson

- Provo
  • By Norma Jackson <ejacksonnorma at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 05:46:46 -0400
It appears Provo was not impacted much by Hurricane Matthew.  I have no 
statistics on rainfall or winds but it is pretty quiet when I look out my 
window facing the north shore.  I read a comment on facebook posted about an 
hour ago stating nothing has happened yet.  We are 157 miles from the eye at 0 
hour of approach.  It is now a category 3 but expected to gain strength before 
it hits the Bahamas.  

Sent from my iPad

- 8:47
  • By jim&sharon <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:50:28 -0400
Ambergris Cay TCI here.

Barometer is up a bit to 29.77
Wind SE to ESE 35-40  Gusting to 47
No rain


- 8pm update
  • By Ray Heraty <rayheraty at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 23:43:36 +0000
The wind has been picking up slowly but surely.  We have a steady wind of 25mph now with the highest gust recorded so far being 37mph.  Still no rain.  Pressure is steady at 29.68.  I would prefer this to hit during the day but oh well.  Perhaps it will all be over in the morning.  Stay safe!

- Looks like the TCI is going to be spared
  • By William Smith <w_smith at compusmiths.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:36:29 -0400
It’s looking like the TCI is just under a TS Warning, so (plus or minus 
wind-driven storm surge piling up on the bank) we should just hvae some wind 
and rain, nothing like those poor folks in Haiti and the Bahamas.

Weather data is updated every minute at:


If anyone’s interested.  Enjoy!

William P.N. Smith
ComputerSmiths Consutling, Inc.

- Turks and Caicos
  • By jim&sharon <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:29:26 -0400

Time is 4:25pm.
Barometer is 29.75
Winds are SE at 30mph gusting to 44
Seas have picked up
Starting to get some light rain 
This is a link our weather station. Sorry but the weathercam decided to quit.

Stay Safe


- Weather report for Providenciales
  • By Ray Heraty <rayheraty at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 17:24:45 +0000
As of 1.20pm,
Wind from the South steady at 20mph, gusts to 30mph. 
Temperature 87, dewpoint 85. 
Pressure falling at 29.70mb. 
No rain today.

- 1:07pm
  • By jim&sharon <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:08:18 -0400
Afternoon. Ambergris Cay has sustained winds from SE at 30mph and gusts to 41mph.
Barometer is now27.77
No rain
Stay Safe

- 12:03pm
  • By james shafer <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:03:56 -0400

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Sent from the Pirates

- Update
  • By jim&sharon <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:47:55 -0400
Morning. The current weather on Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Barometer    29.80
Winds      SE 30mph  Gusting to 37
Seas       3-4ft
No Rain yet.
Airports are closed
Iguanas have retreated into their holes
Last few days Cay has been very busy closing shutters, boarding up and securing the Cay. Boats are out of the water.
Loose debris picked up around the Island
Weather Staton says “HOLD ONTO YOUR HAT”
Stay Safe


- Providenciales Turks and Caicos update
  • By Norma Jackson <ejacksonnorma at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 07:48:25 -0400
Relieved this morning to read that the hurricane watch for TCI has been  
changed to a tropical storm warning.  We still have to monitor the path closely 
and remain vigilant as these paths can quickly change.

Provo has some winds and grey skies but it was a pleasant temperature to walk 
my dog.  The winds seemed to pick up early last evening.

Sent from my iPad

- Monday evening update
  • By Ray Heraty <rayheraty at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 03:44:52 +0000
A busy day preparing the house for Matthew.  I live on one of the highest points
of the island so we always feel the full brunt of the wind.  Breezy during the
day, mostly cloudy today but nothing unusual with winds.  
Tonight preparations are mostly complete.  A breezy night as is typical here.
 The 2 minute wind speed is 11kts with gusts to 19kts.  There has been little 
to no rain. 

I was at one of the main grocery stores this evening at 7pm.  While it was busy,
everyone was calm and in good spirits and plenty of food in all categories was

Salt Cay is under a mandatory evacuation order as it lies so low and close to
sea level.  Shelters are open across the islands.  The latest forecasts steer
the storm away from the TCI so it remains to be seem if much of anything

Finally, you can get uptodate weather information and a nice panoramic webcam
view at the Weather Underground stationlink:

Stay safe everyone!


- TCI is preparing
  • By John Lawson <j.lawson3 at icloud.com>
  • Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:27:03 -0400
Good Afternoon,

It seems that the message has gotten out!  The Premier's office, the radio stations, the DDME and the Internet are all a buzz with their interpretation of what Matthew will bring.  While there are varying degrees of severity is the messages, at least the message is getting out there.

Government offices closed at 12noon today as did public schools.  Most businesses will be closed tomorrow.  There are many indications that people are using this time to prepare.

The Red Cross is handing out sand bags and the government has held meetings to plan for all contingencies.

Currently it is a warm sunny day.  The breeze is at about 12 knots with slight gusts.  If there wasn't a hurricane warning out, no one would notice the breeze.  Through the night we expect 30mph and tomorrow we expect the wind to increase to about 50mph.  According to the current track, we are out of the hurricane path, but expect some TS conditions.  We could use a bit of rain, but this might be the wrong time to pray for rain.

From what I have seen, we are prepared!

Stay Dry,

- Update
  • By jim&sharon <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:25:53 -0400
We are on Ambergris Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Approximately 9 miles South of South Caicos sitting on the Columbus Passage with Salt Cay East of us and Grand Turk NE of us.
Clouds are beginning to move in and an occasional rain shower. Seas have picked up some and winds are out of the South East at 20 mph, gusting to 28. Barometer has been slowly falling and is 29.82 now.
The Premier has issued a hurricane alert. Schools closed at 1pm today until further notice.  Govt offices will close later today. Immigration will stay on till Airport closes. Businesses are getting ready and will close soon. Sandbags being picked up today for homes till they last. Boats are pulled out and folks taking this seriously. Shelters are ready and Govt has practiced the emergency procedures and are ready.
Matthew is expected to pass to the South of us about 190 miles on the projected path around midnight Oct 5th.
Stay Safe


- Hurricane Matthew
  • By "Terry Richardson" <survey at tciway.tc>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 15:10:55 -0400

Hi Gert,


Thanks for the email... I see that Norma has pretty much covered everything.  Precautions are proceeding efficiently. Bright sunshine this morning has now given way to increasing humidity and light overcast. My house on Provo faces north and I'm on the north side of a hill so I'm not expecting much in the way of wind but still we've just put up the hurricane shutters on the most exposed windows and installed a new sump pump in a cellar. Truck is gassed up and mobile phones charged.


All for now.    Terry

- Hurricane Matthew
  • By Norma Jackson <ejacksonnorma at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:37:47 -0400
Hi Gert:  The winds are picking up and the sky is cloudy right now on Provo, 
TCI but we have periods of sunshine.  

There have been lots of warnings of the severity of the storm by the local  
government and facebook postings.  I hope everyone is taking it seriously.

I tried to buy gas early this morning at the Venetian  Road gas station and 
they were already out of it,probably waiting for the boat to arrive, if it will.

The grocery store was not that busy, with lots of food on the shelves.   The 
water company was fairly quiet as well.  

Sent from my iPad

- A Beautiful Saturday Morning
  • By John Lawson <j.lawson3 at icloud.com>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:04:44 -0400
Bright and sunny here this morning.  Pleasant breeze.  Absolutely no thought of 
rain at this moment.  To test that, I am about to hang out laundry!

The "center"of 99L has long passed us, but there is still a bit of rain in the 
forecast.  I am still hoping to add some to the cistern!

JPEG image

Best Regards,
John Lawson

- Turks and Caicos
  • By John Lawson <j.lawson3 at icloud.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:09:54 -0400
Our rugged and strong hurricane hunter vessel, "Conch Pearl" set out this 
morning from Provo with a strong and able bodied crew.  We searched high and 
low for signs of bad weather, but found barely a gust.

Winds seemed fairly constant at about 18knots with gusts to 25knots.  We saw 
two rain systems pass nearby, but no thunder or lightning.  Several tour boats 
were out and the passengers were all enjoying themselves.  The water was 
beautifully warm and inviting.

As 99L further deteriorates, we expect more of the same for tomorrow.  Gusty 
winds and rain showers, but that's about it I guess.

Best Regards,
Capt. John
Aboard Conch Pearl

- 99
  • By james shafer <piratesofsaltcay at mac.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:27:42 -0400
Looks like we just got our first outer band of squalls. Wind ha picked up to 
about 20mph   

Sent from the Pirates

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