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- Goodbye Beryl
  • By Matthew Cowen <matthew at virek.net>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 07:19:37 -0400
Despite the predictions of stormy conditions overnight, Beryl passed further 
north of Martinique and as such, had a largely uneventful night. Awoke to 
overcast damp conditions. Will likely have a little train during the day but 
nothing alarming.

- Hail, flooding and power outages
  • By Matthew Cowen <matthew at virek.net>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:42:12 -0400
Just a quick note to confirm nadasonia825’s report.

Yesterday the clouds seemed statically anchored over our island, dumping a lot of rain over mostly the southern part of the island of Martinique. Hail landed in François, much to the surprise of some locals and videos of the incident are floating around on the various Social Networks. See here for one : https://youtu.be/WNQsHtudATg

In some areas the schools were closed and the kids where unable to leave because of flooding and were still held at the school until the late evening. Some districts have closed schools for to day today.

Last night Météo France was predicting rainfall of around 270mm in total in some areas. By around 18:00, Saint Joseph had had 175mm, François 250mm and Robert 160mm in around 6 hours of rain. The weather predictions are for it to be a little calmer today, but with a risk of heavy rains in places.

9000 habitants were without power last night with around 1700 still cut off early this morning, with EDF (Électricité de France) working hard to get them back online during the course of the day.

Best regards to all.

Matthew

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