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- Calm before the storm?
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 13:11:22 -0400
I have no idea why St Lucia is not on a storm watch, as Tammy has strengthened into a Hurricane and from what I am reading the South East quadrant is the most powerful side of her which means St Lucia could get some heavy wind and rain. At the moment here in Marigot it is still and quiet with slightly overcast skies, little snippets of sunshine peeping through when they can.
The bay, a natural hurricane hole has more boats sheltering in anticipation of what might come, we shall see, hopefully nothing, but things are so unpredictable its a case of wait and see.

Sue Beckwith  - Owner Roots 2, Marigot Bay.

- Hurricane Tammy
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 10:19:10 -0400
Well folks,
I just had a sneaky suspicion Tammy would put on a show. I sincerely hope everyone in the warned areas and Saint Lucia (which isn't under a watch) takes all necessary precautions. Slow moving strengthening system. 
Stay safe and God Bless.

- after Bret
  • By J69DS at winlink.org
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2023 11:14:00 -0000
Good morning all,

Overnight had gusty winds and rains
This morning one leg of an antenna was loose (fixed that)
And one breadfruit tree got de-branched by Bret.
We have mains power, Flow internet service is down.

Not seen or heard any serious issues in my neighbourhoud.

Not heard any serious issues from other operators around the island yet at this 

Just waiting to get all clear from the powers that be here.

Also watching Cindy who was chasing down Bret as if he owed child support
But Cindy is forecast to head more North West (Also still a Storm)

Keep it safe all

Message sent via Winlink [Email over Radio!]

Frans J69DS J62DX
Ham-Shack Hotline: 50370 [Home/Mobile]
Hams-Over-IP 100412 [Mobile] 100425 [Home]

AllStar Node: 51686 - 546010
Echolink Node J62DX-R 
HoIP to AllStar node: 15035
HH to Allstar: 94034

- Bret update
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2023 02:02:39 -0400
Still getting hammered with a steady wind and very strong wind gusts. I need the rain to give us a break now please because I can smell and hear the Soufriere River and that's not a good sign.
Stay safe and dry everyone 

- 2230 hours TS Brett affects Cap Estate
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 22:37:47 -0400
I’ve been nicely protected by the hill behind me but the winds have recently started to blow from the East and South East as Brett tracks directly to the south of us with the center of low pressure being just north of St. Vincent. According to the forecasts all of the winds are well north of that so we are getting pretty much everything that Brett has left before he falls apart. 

I look south towards a popular housing area on the side of a mountain and I can see that the enter area is in a black out. I’ve gotten reports that there are power outages in areas all over the island.

Looks like we will get no more than 40 mph sustained with higher gusts maybe up to 55 mph so fortunately Brett didn’t develop into a Hurricane.

I’m going to wait till the 11:00 pm update then call it a night.

I will check-in in the morning.

Christopher Kessell
kessellc at candw.lc
Cell: 758 720 0100
Hm: 758 450 0651
Fax: 758 450 0241

Here’s a video I shot from the top of Mount Hardy at the northern extreme of St. Lucia. It was blowing an easy 30 knots sustained with higher gusts at the time which was 6.00 pm. The video starts out looking East then looks South down the coast.

Attachment: Mount Hardy Lookout TS Brett.m4v
Description: video/m4v

- Bret is here
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 21:46:36 -0400
Strong winds with rain battering us now.
I just saw some videos of an electrical pole on fire in Anse La Raye.
Stay safe everyone.

- wet and windy
  • By J69DS at winlink.org
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 23:24:00 -0000
Hi All

After spending the day prepping all the work locations, then at my place took 
down the big antennae.

Right now Raining for last few hours, not heavy but steady rain with occasional 
wind gusts. 
For last hour been having a steady wind..

Bret is defenitely passing right over us here in Saint Lucia...
Hoping it remains a strom. NHC indicated weaking of the storm. so hope it does 
just that.

Keep it safe all

Ham-Shack Hotline: 50370 [Home/Mobile]
Hams-Over-IP 100412 [Mobile] 100425 [Home]

AllStar Node: 51686 - 546010
Echolink Node J62DX-R 
HoIP to AllStar node: 15035
HH to Allstar: 94034

- Bracing for Brett....
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 17:01:11 -0400
Seems like an eternity since I have had to make and update but its only been two years since Hurricane Elsa gave us a bit of a scare…..

I haven’t done much to batten down the house as there is not much I can do as I didn’t run out and get any plywood to board up windows etc., hopefully it will not be bad enough to have warranted doing that.
I did make sure my generator is fully fueled with diesel and I have a few extra gallons just in case, also gave it a quick test run so all is good. Wasco is still sending us water so I am topping off my cistern.

The conditions are slowly deteriorating up here in Cap Estate but no rain of any significance so far, it looks very threatening however….

At 3 pm I went up to the look out that gives a great view of the North East coast and shot a video which can be seen here:

I will try to get back up there before it gets too wild or dark to take another. With this storm being a night event we won’t get to see much of it until the morning.

I’m guessing the winds are a steady 25 with higher gusts so far.

Here is a photo looking south from my balcony a short while ago.


Christopher Kessell
kessellc at candw.lc
WhatsApp & Cell: 758 720 0100

- Tropical Storm or Hurricane
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 06:39:56 -0400
What will Bret hit Saint Lucia as, a 70mph storm or a Cat 1 Hurricane?
Our district Disaster Committees met, I sincerely hope everyone took the warning seriously.
I'm about to go fill up the last of the containers with water and then wait and pray 
Stay safe and dry everyone.

- Tropical Storm Brett
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2023 15:29:37 -0400
Well, this one is a surprise, early in the season, with another one on his tail.
Today Tuesday, the weather is overcast and humid, the beating sun has given way to overcast skies and stillness, always the quiet before the storm.
We are hoping that the storm will not come right at us but sadly it seems the eye will pass between us and Martinique at this time. 
We are busy putting things in place, I am praying that my roof will hold - it is not the best and I have not the money to replace it.
Will keep everyone informed, at the moment it is due to come over the islands on Thursday, hopefully during the daytime as normally they hit at night, and it's worse as you have no idea what is going on.

Take care everyone.

Sue Beckwith - Roots Bars, Marigot Bay, St Lucia.

- June
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2023 09:12:11 -0400
Well, June is here time, if you have not already done so, to do some preparations, check gutters, rooves or should that roofs??? and generally have a tidy up.
It's been very very hot here in Marigot, with hardly any rain, until last night when we had a downpour, as Gert has said the seas are hot, although a below-average season is forecast this year.

I will keep everyone updated from my little home on the hill, keep safe and happy!

Sue Beckwith - Owner Roots 2 and Roots Beach Bar - Marigot Bay.


- Saint Lucia WX
  • By J69DS at winlink.org
  • Date: Sat, 27 May 2023 21:40:00 -0000
Hurricane season a coming soon
Since yesterday been rainy wx on top of this mountain.
Hope everybody has prepped as much as they can fo rhtis up comming season

This afternoon a bit of rain on top of this mountain again... nice and cool 
though that way and after all the heat it is welcome.

Keep it safe all yuh

Frans J69DS [J62DX]
VHF: 145.530 [203.5] / 146.520
Echolink J62DX-R
AllStar 51686 [HoIP 15035 / HH 94034 ]
HF 3815 / 7188
Packet Aprs and Winlink Gateway: J62DX-10 on 145.050 Mhz

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