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- Quiet weekend weatherwise
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:00:27 -0400
This time last weekend we were all here in Dominica preparing for hurricane Beryl.  Many of us were doing a huge shop on Friday, trying to remember everything in case we were cut off for a while.  It was a real shock for us as hurricane Beryl formed so early in the season!!  Luckily for Dominica Beryl was downgraded to a Tropical storm.  Then we had even more luck as Beryl decided to pass us by.

The lesson we feel learned hopefully is that the shelters that need mending now get mended and equipped ASAP.  There quite honestly should be no excuse for this not to be done.  Peoples lives are at stake. 

This seems to be a warning and this must be heeded. 

We hope that everyone in all the islands have a really peaceful, happy and relaxing weekend.

- Beryl missed us!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 09:51:15 -0400
Everyone in Dominica is so grateful that Beryl decided to miss our island.  We got quite a lot if rain in the valley with the passing of Beryl and some thunderstorms.  We are so grateful.  Dominicans, really prepared for the hurricane well.  I think the lesson that has to be learned in Dominica is that all our shelters need to be repaired and ready for use ASAP.  Hopefully, this will happen.

The curfew was lifted at 11.0 pm so we were informed.

We are so grateful.

We had a bad thunderstorm this morning and may have more.





On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Lingering showers...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:28:00 +0000 (UTC)
We still have the odd shower from time to time, however, thank God everything looks quite fine in my neck of the woods. Praying & trusting that the same is true for the rest of the island. The Power supply was returned late last night & Dowasco should have our water supply back on in the soonest.

Wishing us All a Blessed & productive week ahead. Keep safe everyone, especially to the islands further north.
& May God richly Bless us All!


- Lingering showers...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:28:00 +0000 (UTC)
We still have the odd shower from time to time, however, thank God everything looks quite fine in my neck of the woods. Praying & trusting that the same is true for the rest of the island. The Power supply was returned late last night & Dowasco should have our water supply back on in the soonest.

Wishing us All a Blessed & productive week ahead. Keep safe everyone, especially to the islands further north.
& May God richly Bless us All!


- Remnants of Beryl tapering off...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 03:58:05 +0000 (UTC)
Thankfully, what was the worst of this little compact system has now moved away from the island. Hopefully, this will serve as an early wake-up call for the rest of the season.

God's Blessings to us All!


- Beryl's 'Eye- like calm'
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:39:56 +0000 (UTC)
Some light to moderate showers accompanied by some lighter gusts have resumed after a sort of 'calm' which lasted about 20mins. Interestingly the Martinique radar was showing a sort of 'eye-like' feature at the center of the system's rotating circulation which appears to have clipped the north of Dominica.
Thank God that this system wasn't any stronger as it would have really set back some of the critical recovery efforts on the island. We are praying & very hopeful that the heavy rains so far have Not led to any significant flash flooding in the usual flood prone areas.
By the morning we shall have a better account of the nature of Beryl's impact. & We shall be better prepared as a result of this early 'test' should anything else lie ahead this season, of course God forbid it.

May God Bless us All!


- Besting Beryl...?
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 23:46:46 +0000 (UTC)
Well no real let up as of yet... occasionally there are a few breaks in the wind gusts but the squally conditions here have been constant for the last hour or so. Also, the thunder & lightning activity have finally made their appearance & reports from friends in the south west of the island indicate its picking up there too. Keep safe All Dominicans... Let us take every precaution especially at this time to safe-guard life & limb. We are resilient & Dominica Strong!
& Kudos to the Met officials who competently forecasted the likely impacts of this system on our lovely isle.

Let's hope that morning's light will reveal only cosmetic & minor issues & inconveniences to the island.

Keep safe everyone & God Bless!


- More of the original Beryl bearing down!...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 23:13:33 +0000 (UTC)
The effects of Beryl are very clear now with frequent squalls... & this seems more like a genuine storm, & not just remnants making its presence truly felt!
As expected the winds have picked up quite a bit and are now gusting to near 70km at the worst. Hopefully, it will not get much gustier as night draws on... Overall though it is not too bad as the East coast at least- is used to its usual wind-swept environment & gustier windward conditions.

From the radar it seems like its not too bad at present in the South of the island. The center of Beryl aka- Remnants of Beryl seem to be passing just north of us in the Guadeloupe Channel. The Blessing with Beryl or her remnants is that they are moving along quickly. We should be able to wish this system good riddance pretty soon...

Take good care everyone & God Bless!


- Bold Beryl...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 22:01:33 +0000 (UTC)
Remnants of Beryl?... As per Usual the call to downgrade some tropical systems appears to really be quite hasty & pre-mature! Beryl's still rather healthy circulation center is showing up more defined on the radar right now.

& Beryl or her remnants -call it what You will- is surely making her presence felt! Earlier a few light to moderate showers occured just before 5p.m. & there was even a flight taking off at the main airport. But all that gave way to more heavy showers. At least there is still a storm watch in effect which should not make persons too complacent. Again the 'Lesser Antilles rule' seems to be in effect which aids these systems in strengthening near or directly over the Lesser Antilles islands.

This is certainly reminiscent of T.S. Emily (2011) or Helene of 2012...etc. The showers here on the North East coast have definitely picked. Sadly they have been heavy at times which is a great concern for all those residing in landslide & flood prone areas. Thankfully the winds have not picked up though they have changed direction to more NNE almost due north. I suspect as the true center of the storm passes that will change suddenly. I'm not sure what the rest of the island may be experiencing but hopefully everyone is holding up well so far across the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica.

Our national utility companies Dowasco & Domlec shut off their services officially shortly after the State of Emergency & road curfew took effect at 4p.m. The level of preparedness, disaster risk assessment, & organisational mitigation which went into the island's preparation for the storm is to be commended especially on the local level where most persons did try their best to be their brother's keeper etc.
Currently there is a bit of a lull... & another band is on the way. So far no thunder rumbles as yet which is good for those who dislike thunder showers. 

May God continue to richly Bless our Nation & the Caribbean this hurricane season!


- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 17:39:39 -0400
Great news.  Beryl is passing us by!  We are so very grateful.  We are still taking precautions having the dogs and puppies in the house.

It is pouring rain now so I hope everyone has their facts right.

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Beryl's bands...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 18:42:43 +0000 (UTC)
It has been quite breezy over the last 48hrs here in the North East of the island. And as Beryl inches closer today has been more of the same... There have been no showers though for the day so far in this part of the island apart from last night when a brief rainy squall passed through. Right now its pretty much a wait & see. 
Also, the French radar imagery does not look too terrible right now either, thanks be to God. The West coast has been more wet than we are on the east coast for now. And it appears that the south of the island is having a bit of rain as well.

Hopefully it will be a quick passing system.

May God Bless us All!


- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 12:16:11 -0400
We have just listened to the up date from the PM about TS Beryl.

The PM is disappointed with some churches for not opening their churches as shelters.  Shelters are a big problem as many are still damaged and no new shelters built.  This is a huge worry.  Many homes are still damaged and many don't have roofs.  Please Beryl be kind to us otherwise she could be a catastrophe for the people of Dominica.

There is a 24 hour curfew in place from 4.0 pm today.

Please everyone have your fingers and toes crossed, plus prays.

We hope everyone stays safe.

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 08:22:17 -0400
We woke up this morning to a cloudy sky and showers.  The first thing we did was check stormcarib to look at TS Beryl.  Beryl looks rather large like a fat Lady.  We have had no weather report on the radio as yet which we find strange!  

We would advise everyone to take every precaution.  If near rivers or areas prone to landslides move to safety. Stay safe at all cost.

We will keep up dating as we hear any news.

We just can't believe how early this storm has formed especially with the Sahara dust cover!

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- July stand by...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 04:08:30 +0000 (UTC)
With Beryl speeding ever closer we are praying & hoping that the Lesser Antilles rule will not be a factor.
Earlier tropical weather outlook discussions pointed out that 'despite the expected weakening, some of the global models show deep convection reigniting due to upper-level divergence to the east of a trough'... All eyes are trained on the system as it approaches the infamous 55W Longitude line.

Hopefully Sunday will not be a longer day weather-wise than expected.

May God Bless us All!


- Brazen Beryl...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 02:20:46 +0000 (UTC)
As with all storms which have threatened our lovely isle, but more so after last year's notorious female named storms; no one is taking any chances with Beryl. We are preparing for the worst while of course hoping & praying for the best. 
Beryl though weakened is not to be trusted! We truly learnt an unforgettable series of lessons last Year, & this is fresh in everyone's mind.

And having a tropical threat so soon in the season- less than a year after catastrophic category five storms really brings on rather strong triggers of very fresh trauma & anxieties. But a resilient people we are indeed.
Therefore, the average local as well as the authorities are doing their best to carry out as much preparation, preparedness & mitigation as possible. 
Given last year's devastation, some of the island's infrastructure remains compromised & vulnerable. Hopefully Beryl will be more of a 'beauty' than a brazen 'beast'. Time will certainly tell...

We continue to keep all the islands in Prayer this Hurricane season especially our beloved Nature Isle, Dominica. Surely once again Holy Masses & services tomorrow shall be busy interceeding for God's continued Providence & Graces. All of our Help comes from the Lord Jesus- & In God we Trust!
We remain Dominica Strong, Caribbean strong!

God Bless!



- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 13:32:51 -0400
Excellent news Beryl has been down graded to a tropical storm.  Dominica is still on full alert.  There could still be a lot of rain so we have to be careful of flooding and landslides.

It is ironic that TS Erika because it never attained hurricane status.  Reaped more havoc than some hurricanes that have visited Dominica.  Yet we still take a tropical storm as a relief.

Beryl is a TS now but it is possible it could restrengthen.

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 09:32:51 -0400
Dominica is under hurricane 7
watch.  At home in the valley we are getting ready, preparing as much as we can.  

We did a huge shop yesterday so did everyone else!  We were over half an hour in a check out queue!  We were happy to see other people doing the same thing.

No one expected a hurricane this early in the season.  As Dave points out Beryl is a small compact hurricane, she can weaken or strengthen as the old saying goes it is in the lap of the Gods.  The one thing is that Beryl seems dead set on hitting Dominica. 

Dominica is not in a good state to receive Beryl.  Many shelters are still in need of repair, many homes still with tarpaulins.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all our fellow Dominicans and any other island affected.

As long as we can we will keep reporting.

The weather at the moment is overcast and rainy.

Good luck, be prepared and stay safe.

On Jul 6, 2018 12:05 PM, "Lisette Stevens" <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!


- Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 12:05:55 -0400
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Dominica Nice
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2018 12:54:22 -0400
It has been a while since I have posted!  We are now in the hurricane season big time.  The Sahara dust is excellent for keeping hurricanes at bay.  We had hurricane Maria after the Sahara dust left last year!  Scary!

Dominica is really green again we have a lot of growth on our trees.  We are seeing more parrots and bats which is fabulous.  We even see small avocados forming on our trees!  We also have eaten our own bananas, to die for.

There are still alot of homes which need repairing, it seems that it is difficult getting materials so we hear.  This is very distressing for a lot of people.  We pray we are hurricane free this season as it would be tragic for so many folks here.

The weather has actually been quite comfortable, we have had a couple of tropical waves which bought rain, wind and sunshine.  Great for growing crops. 

Have a great rest of the week.





- 1st June Dominica
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 14:55:33 -0400
We are here again!  We wish all the islands well, on the upcoming whatevers!

Dominica is not ready at all and I am sure the other islands that were hit by Maria aren't either.  None of us need any hurricane braziness to come to our shores in 2018.

It's obvious that many of the other islands are facing the same problems we are.  A great deal of homes not fixed, many roofs still under tarpaulins!  So very upsetting.

The main thing that is the worry here is that the official H shelters are also not fixed, not stocked up and no new ones ready.  This is our main concern.  The government, we are sure will be moving fast to adjust this situation and fix it.  Thank you.

Our hearts go out to everyone.

Just can't get over having electricity after 8 months.  A freezer with ice cream and my home made breads to die for!
 
Thank you Dave for your support and kindness.  One Love as they say.

.

- Hurricane Season
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 15:15:34 -0400
Hi we have not written for a while!  Our good news is that we have been connected to electricity yesterday after 8 months since hurricane Maria.

Here in Dominica we are all very apprehensive about the hurricane season!  Many homes are still damaged and in need of repair.  There has been a great deal of difficulty getting materials.  A great deal of shortages.  We presume it is because so many islands got damaged in 2017!!

The main problem as we see it also is that the roads are in a dreadful condition.  There seems no light at the end of the tunnel on this one.

We shall watch and keep you all up to date.  We wish all the islands in the Caribbean good luck for the up and coming season.



- Easter Greetings!...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 05:06:34 +0000 (UTC)
A very Happy Easter to the Entire Stormcarib family... Thankfully, the recovery process continues to come along rather steadily in the Nature Isle, and the weather has been mostly dry with only a few showers here & there keeping the environment nice & cool. 
Let's pray that as we continue to Celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus that we may be truly Blessed with fruitfulness in the spirit of climate resilience and the fullest restoration of our island states. 

May God Richly Bless us All!


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