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- TONIGHT MIDNIGHT END OF 2019 HURRICANE SEASON
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 20:37:06 -0400
FOR MY WEATHER WATCHING friends ... tonight at MIDNIGHT our 2019 HURRICANE OFFICIALLy ends and we are breathing a BIG SIGH OF RELIEF. This has been a bad season as is so well summarized in this review by Mr. Dale Destin....with great respect. Each season it is a more anxious time for those of us "in harms way" with the changing weather patterns. My thoughts continue to go out to those in Bahamas who struggle to rebuild their lives and some never will. The aftermath of a hurricane is a hard time. For me the 1995 LUIS devastated our life and we were without electricity for FOUR ( YES 4) months after. But we rose again ! Hurricanes are a way of life it seems. So i wanted to share this review. Meanwhile we focus on the HOLIDAY SEASON and I wish a Happy Holiday time to all.




- Frightening super storm in the pacific
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 18:23:15 -0400
This is so concerning for all of us  


https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/tropics-storm-hagibis-destined-to-become-a-typhoon

Martha Watkins Gilkes


- ANTIGUA weather last few days
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 07:29:45 -0400
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- Tropical Storm Karen
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 05:53:14 -0400
We have had an unexpected rough 2 days weather wise.     At least on the 
Atlantic side high on the hill (210 feet) above half moon bay.   We did not 
expect this “lashing” from Tropical Storm Karen but we sure got it.    My phone 
and internet still out and. Electricity been off and on for who knows when    
And a few big tree branches been broken!    Not complaining looking at hard hit 
 Bahamas   But we are having some challenges too.

Martha Watkins Gilkes



- Six named storms
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 20:54:23 -0400
Evidence of the terrible damage done to our environment... and the price we are 
paying..   what makes my  blood boil is the fact that  the big  "industrial" 
countries are the ones who have  caused the problem.. with the damage to the 
ozone layer and with pollution  ..   we "small island states"  are   "fisher 
folks, agricultural / farmers and  cause little harm in  comparison and yet  WE 
ARE  THE ONES PAYING THE  BIG PRICE due to our location  in  "hurricane ally"  
where these monster  storms come across and form and destroy our way of life  ( 
which is  a simple easy going  lovely way of living with  nature and our  
surrounds)   THE BIG COUNTRIES dont  pay nearly the price  we do  living on an  
isolated island where  there is not help when we are  "blown apart"   case in 
point..  Beautiful little  Barbuda with HURRICANE IRMA and then HURRICANE MARIA 
with "THE NATURE ISLAND  DOMINICA  2 years ago.. and now the  magnificent  
BAHAMAS  just now..  sooo  terribly destroyed!  Because of what  "they "  have 
and  are  doing.  IT MUST BE STOPPED.. People have to change their way of 
living to protect "Mother earth"  before it is too late.

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- Antigua storm update
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:29:27 -0400
This morning good news with a more north turn of The Storm!  ANTIGUA In more of 
the green which is good news 
Still watching just in case a turn south.  
We are very thankful. 


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P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
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- Antigua now
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:39:39 -0400
Just posted by Dale Westin. Looking better for Antigua as no watch had been put 
out for us.   Thinking of those in harms way. 


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- Tropical Storm Jerry
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:54:01 -0400
The system is showing slight  south move closer to ANTIGUA . Fear for our 
Sister isle BARBUDA  as it will be nearer there.   

 The Hurricane Hunters will fly the storm at 1500 zuloo. (11 am) tomorrow 
Thursday and this will give us much better info than only satellite data.    
Standing by for how this plays out.  


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- Development in Strength
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 06:38:30 -0400
Early morning on Wednesday.   It is now TS Jerry.  To strengthen to a hurricane 
most likely.     Due east of the islands 🌴 with expected effects between 
Thursday night and Friday as shown below. Right now tracking north of us but 
over the next day this could change.   The bottom photo shows Antigua just on 
the edge of the worst weather  so we have to careful monitor this !   Hopefully 
the future track takes it out to sea with no harm to other islands 🌴 


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- HURRICANE to come
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:26:45 -0400
TROPICAL DEPRESSION  10 has formed and will most likely  become a hurricane before it reaches  the  Northern leeward  islands.   We  have been looking at  a more northern turn but it now looks like it will come very close to the islands  so we  will all need to be ready to take quick action in  our hurricane shutters and  securing things.   Antigua Is the  tiny red  dot within the  cone below …   located  just  north of  Guadeloupe ( the  “butterfly shaped island)   Some models are  still showing a north turn but  as we know  with  weather it is not predictable.
THE  www.stormcarib.com  site  puts  it  about 129 miles  from  Antigua.  But any shift  south could put it right over us.    We will know more in  24 hours but in the meantime best to be as prepared as possible.   We will all be  closely  watching this one!   and  with the hope it  certainly does not develop into a strong hurricane  and head the way of the  Bahamas… they need to be spared for sure!    Stay tuned folks as  we  “island people” get ready!














Martha Watkins Gilkes



- Weather watching this week
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:40:14 -0400
System 97 L has developed and should be passing just north of the islands 🌴 on 
the weekend but we need to watch closely in case of any change.  
There are 3 more weather systems off the African coast behind this one.  That 
time of the year !! 



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- Update
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2019 17:11:41 -0400

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- Update
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2019 17:18:26 -0400

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- Stormy night.
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 20:44:45 -0400
Lots of lightning around tonight.    My NOAA site shows 16 miles away.   Seems 
much closer.    Nature !  

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Martha Watkins Gilkes
P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
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Marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com


- Weather Watching invest 94
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 08:29:25 -0400
Eyes to the east with this system... All models but 2 (CLPS & TCLP) track the 
system to the South of ANTIGUA.  Around 12 to 14 N and ANTIGUA is 17.1 N.  But 
it is early days so we will keep alert as we are in prime time for hurricanes.  
 Today in Antigua there is not a breath of air!   It is going to be a 🥵 hot hot 
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- HURRICANE DORIAN
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 16:12:52 -0400

It has been  a   HARD  WATCH  to  witness this  devastating  hurricane  lashing the  poor  Bahamas.  HEARTBREAKING..
I personally  have  a number of friends there and have been so concerned for  them.    We  here in  Antigua  have faced  similar devastation   when our  “little sister island” Barbuda was  so destroyed in Hurricane  Irma 2 seasons ago…...  and in  1995  with  Hurricane Luis hit, although  not to this  magnitude.   OUR  HEARTS  GO OUT  TO  Those in the  Bahamas  and I hope many   countries come together to help in the  recovery.       Meanwhile we are  still  watching  as  Dorian moves   right now  towards  the  US east coast hoping there will not be major  destruction.   


We are  in the  HEIGHT of Hurricane season  with  September  being the  most  active month.    There  are  a number  of  active areas out there  but the area   that  we  in the  Leewards are  keeping  an eye  on is mentioned  by  Dave  on  STORM CARIB that will probably be 94L.   We  watch and  advance preparation is the key as  we all know.   Be prepared people… “The Boy scout motto”!   ( not too early to check your own home/ yard for  any objects that could fly… for  your  hurricane shutters being ready..  for  food and water  supply … 

FROM DAVE :
"The interesting one is behind 91L ready for splashdown off the African coast. An area of interest, soon to be probably designated 94L, this wave could be a business shaker down the road. Way too early to tell at this time."

- Weather watching.
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2019 12:31:54 -0400
We are all absorbed with this monster Dorian.   But we need to keep eyes to the 
east as a system is just off Africa with a 50% chance to develop   Could be 
with us in 8 to 10 days.      Thinking of all In The path of hurricane Dorian.  
 


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- Tropical Storm Dorian
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:59:31 -0400
We are breathing a big sigh of relief as it seems the Storm Dorian which could 
become a hurricane today is tracking south and will not effect ANTIGUA!   We 
have certainly had our share of big blows so thankful this go round.   But we 
have September to go — the worst month for hurricanes.  So still.  Eyes to the 
east !  Thinking of those facing the bad weather! 

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P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
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Marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com


- Watching Tropical storm Dorian
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:43:03 -0400
Watching this.        Closest point right. Now. 
137? Miles
 This is fluid.       

Be  ready. People 

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- Invest 99L
  • By Daniella Seepaul <daniellaseepaul at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:29:18 -0400
Hi Fellow Islanders,
Seems we have an Invest to keep an eye on. 99L?


Be vigilant! Be prepared!


Regards,
Daniella Seepaul

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- CARIBBEAN storms
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2019 07:15:32 -0400
From today’s view things look good that we will not get bad weather or a 
tropical storm ⛈ over the next days.  The system we have been watching seems to 
be breaking up and if any thing will just bring more rain over the next days.  
But as Dave on Stormcarib.com has said   
 
“Will it be a quiet season this year or will the season suddenly explode with 
activity and possible calamity? It will be interesting and problematic at the 
same time. Interesting to see how it all pans out. Problematic if just one 
storm is the calamity. After all, it does, only take one.

Be safe. Be prepared.”

   (I am still remembering Hurricane Irma that destroyed BARBUDA and was 
heading direct to us with that last minute north turn 😱) 

Have a good Sunday ☀️

Mine just got better reading the lastest weather updates here 🙏




- Still weather watching ! COULD BE TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2019 07:59:29 -0400
IT IS NOT  A CLOSED BOOK..   and this   Weather  watching thing is NOT FOR THE  FAINT OF HEART or 
sissies !      This system could  STILL develop  at  least  into a  TROPICAL STORM ( which can do plenty of  damage too..  of course  NOT  A HURRICANE - hopefully.. but  i  dont  take  anything for granted after  IRMA 2 years ago ….     SO  we need to keep eyes  peeled…   this  would be near us early  next week.   
BE SURE  to note  DAVEs  comments on the  main  STORM CARIB PAGE  ( as posted blow ) 









Martha Watkins Gilkes




- Weather watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2019 12:42:07 -0400
From our Met Office.  Seems  96L may not develop which is good news.   still 
watching however.   This is a good “get ready” call 


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- Watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 05:37:21 -0400
Now classified as invest 96L 

If it comes Over the weekend or early next week    We are watching.  Get ready 
people. 

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- We are watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 20:40:45 -0400
First one that really has our attention.  But early days.    Standing by 

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- Hurricane Sector - Satellite Imagery
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:26:18 -0400
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- Update
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:25:51 -0400

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- Screenshot 2019-07-31 at 7.08.31 PM
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:11:56 -0400

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- Standing by
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 22:10:41 -0400
We are standing by to report to you if needed.  Thankful so far all quiet on 
the home front.  


- Rainy Weather
  • By Daniella Seepaul <daniellaseepaul at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 08:17:01 -0400

Hi Fellow Islanders,

Could this be the most rain Antigua have seen for the past 5 years? Sure feels like it!

Be Safe! Be Prepared!


Regards,
Daniella

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- Rain. 4.5 inches since 4 am
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 07:47:37 -0400

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- 2019 HURRICANE SEASON
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 09:38:06 -0400
Hello all  you weather watchers… been since  NOV 11th 2018  that  i Posted..   The months have  literally FLOWN by  as  we  are  warned happenes. 

A VERY  EARLY  start  to  weather disturbance ……
The old  saying   in the islands  is   
JUNE TOO SOON
JULY STAND BY
AUGUST A MUST
SEPTEMBER  REMEMBER 
OCTOBER ALL  OVER 

We are still  a month away from the  JUNE 1  official  hurricane  start and  yet  this  has  developed !  So good warning for us  to  all  be on our  toes.    This of course,  is far too north to effect  the Leeward islands but  a good eye opener for us to take heed.  

On another note  sending  wishes for a full recovery to long time STORM CARIB REPORTER  JOHN ELI FULLER  from Antigua   ( part of  those  “boys in the backroom” )     from a stroke   he had yesterday.  We wish him a full recovery and hope to see him posting  in due course.    






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