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Wondering if someone is ok? Interested about a property? I have opened a Pleas for Help bulletin board for St.Thomas in order to communicate with each other. It is divided in 4 different sections (People, Properties, News, General) to keep things more organized. Hope it helps, Gert

Apparently updates are also posted through the FireChat app., follow the #sttirma group. See Katie's message below.

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- WAPA Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:55:54 -0700

Received from Dave via text message (he lives on St.Thomas)

Good morning. WAPA update


VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY STATUS UPDATE


 

WAPA’s power plants at Estate Richmond, St. Croix and Krum Bay, St. Thomas fared relatively well during the passage of Hurricane Maria on Tuesday and Wednesday. The plants provided uninterrupted electrical service prior, during and after the hurricane’s passage providing electricity to both hospitals.

 


The plants were on line Thursday providing electricity to both hospitals and to the Cyril E. King Airport and the Lockhart Elementary School emergency shelter on St. Thomas. At late afternoon, efforts were being made to energize the Henry E. Rohlsen airport on St. Croix.  On St. Thomas, portions of several feeders are also energized.

 


Over the next few days, WAPA will be assessing the damage to the electrical transmission and distribution systems in both districts as well as on Hassel Island and Water Island.  

 


While the territory-wide assessment is being completed, we will begin the process of planting new poles in critical areas to begin restoring service once a plan for restoration has been completed. The restoration plans cannot be developed until the damage assessment procedure is completed.

 


On St. Croix, WAPA water distribution crews are working to resolve an issue with water availability. WAPA personnel is now installing a standby generator to energize the Contentment pump station. Once functional, potable water will be pumped St. Croix’s west end and allow the Kingshill tank to gain storage. The tank has been emptied by an apparent leak which developed during the hurricane. Electrical service has also been restored at the Richmond pump station which will allow for the continued building of storage.  Currently, there are 7.5 million gallons of water on St. Croix which is a three-day water supply.

 


St. John has three days of emergency water storage. St. Thomas has two days of water storage. Customers in higher elevations will experience low pressure or no service at all until all pump stations have been restored with electricity.

 


The Seven Seas water production facility is fully operational on St. Thomas. Electrical service has also been restored to the Donoe pump station and storage is being replenished there as well as at the storage tanks on Sara Hill.



--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- US Virgin Relief Fund
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:02:01 -0700

US Virgin Relief Fund
Forwarded by Dave, no power, so flashlight used....



- Federal Distaster Relief Assistance
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:56:33 -0700
Forwarded by Dave, no power still, so shown by flashlight.

This is for both Irma and Maria.

Inline image 1

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Airport Updates
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:31:02 -0700

Received via Dave:

Airports:

VIA Jason Coscia

Airport information (source FAA)

St Thomas Airport

Closed till further notice with exception of military hurricane relief operations. 

Currently navigation instruments, landing assistance instruments (ILS, PAPI) and weather advisory systems non operational. Also runway and taxi related lighting out. Air Traffic control not fully operational.


St Croix Airport

Closed until further notice with exception of military hurricane relief operations

Currently VOR and ILS navigation and landing instruments not operational. further assessment is underway

San Juan Airport

The airport is closed pending further damage assessment with exception of military hurricane relief operations.

Currently the runway PAPI and airport navigation systems are not operational and weather advisory system not operational

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Waiting
  • By Ronald Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:07:17 -0400
Maria has us waiting. Midnight they say. Been raining a little, blowing a 
little. Hopefully we won't have that much to worry about. Should be a Cat 4 as 
she passes. St Croix will get some damage. Hope not too much. We can't have 
three islands destroyed in 2 weeks!  Records set!

Ronnie 




- Maria
  • By Ronald Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:31:00 -0400
Good morning. Now I can't believe we are sitting here getting ready to prep for 
Hurricane Maria. Maria is forecast to be a category 4 hurricane as she passes 
Tuesday night, Wednesday morning. We're starting all over again. I certainly 
hope we pull through this one as we can't take any more damages to the island. 
St Croix and Puerto Rico where people have been sent to escape the wrath of 
Irma, will now be getting the brunt of Maria.

Ronnie



- From Sue in STT
  • By Susan Russell <sue at caribbeansoulcharters.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:37:42 +0000
Gert,

Thank  you for your email. We were fine in Vieques for Irma. Think we got 80-100mph. There were 9 boats in there and all were fine. When we sailed back to St. Thomas we found another situation. Looks like a war zone but Tropical Shipping has been busy, busy and have had lots of relief boats from PR. The grocery store shelves are well stocked. Crown Bay Marina has been selling fuel as are some gas stations. Haven’t had much time on shore as my car was damaged. Also lost 2 dinghies.

Today, everyone is gearing up for H. Maria. Weird vibe as lots of residents waiting for ferries to go to PR to fly out - many for good :-(
We’re headed back to the mangroves and hoping this thing misses poor BVI and USVI and PR.

God bless everyone in Maria’s path.

Sue

PS. Gert, we won’t have comms after we go into the mangroves Tuesday AM but will try to get in touch whenever we come out. Depends on PR cell towers.

Susan Wilbar Russell
CaribbeanSoulCharters.com
P.O. Box 6382
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00804 
340.690.1121 Local
877.432.6700 Toll Free 
877.432.6700 Fax
sue at caribbeansoulcharters.com
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- Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:16:05 -0700
Update from Linda and Jimmy (frenchtownfishing) via text messages:

Greetings from St. Thomas

I am able to.post thanks to Gert contacting me and allowing me to post through messaging. 

Just finished dinner and sitting on the porch, under curfew, radio going, with a warm glass of white wine and reflecting on this last week and a bit.

Our area of Frenchtown was very lucky and ended up with minimal damage but less than a "city block" away there are roofs gone, baseball park stands twisted and destroyed, and power lines and transformers and poles down everywhere.

Wait until I tell you I am done. *sips warm wine*

I understand that the power grid is 90 to 95 per cent down. I drove up Crown Mountain Road yesterday and could not believe the beating houses took to my right.  Why is there a water cistern in the middle of the road????  The rock slides and mud slides only got worse the higher I got.

When I got to work, looking down from the top of the island I was shocked at the damage I could see from there.

The number of houses without roofs is sickening. I am only seeing the South side of the island.

I could go on and on ... The hurricane destroyed our hospital with patients being transferred to st Croix and puerto Rico. Just got word that the field hospital that the.military had set up for emergencies is being dismantled due to next hurricane coming in.

Looking to the east and west of the island my heart just fell .

The island has been stripped. Thousands of poles down, wires and transformers down.

We now live a life of lines, searches for ice and batteries!

Our fears now are the next system coming next week and we pray as one that this goes north of us because I honestly don't know how we can take another hit after this one.

Our thoughts and.prayers are with our sister islands of St John and the British Virgin Islands.

Thanks Gert.

--

Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Update
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:51:12 -0700
Received from Dave via text:

Latest from here

VIA VI Consortium

Breaking News: Maria is expected to hit St. Croix directly, or pass between St. 
Thomas and St. Croix on Tuesday packing between 100-120 mile-per-hour winds; 
public schools closed Monday; Curfew hours on Sunday and Monday now 6:00 p.m. 
to 8:00 a.m. in the STT-STJ District, so residents can make last-minute 
preparations; distribution centers to quadruple food items to residents ahead 
of storm; Mapp urges STT-STJ residents to head to shelters. “Listen, 
concentrate on your family and the protection of yourselves," the governor said.

Sent from my iPhone 

- Hello
  • By Ronald Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:43:42 -0400
I'm sorry I have not been giving updates about Hurricane Irma. This was the 
worst hurricane I've been through in my life. I actually thought I was going to 
lose The roof on the Crystal Palace. The winds were fierce and since they were 
coming from the west, we have never really experienced that before. I'm happy 
that my great grandfather in his wisdom chose to rebuild this house completely 
with a steel frame and solid poured concrete. The corrugated galvanize roofing 
is held down with nuts and bolts.

I'm sure many of you have seen the damages to St Thomas. What has ensued in the 
past 10 days has been pure chaos. We weren't allowed out for 48 hours. A curfew 
was imposed on us to only be out from noon to 6 PM. This is where the chaos 
began. Running around to find supplies became a task where you had so many 
people just driving around to look at what was going on. My purpose was for 
supplies, just ice basically, as we had most everything else, there's  was 
seeing what's going on. It made for a mess with the traffic and apparently the 
police did not feel it was necessary for them to direct traffic at major 
intersections. What could've been done in an hour took three hours. As the days 
passed, it's gotten better and we now have an extra two hours to be on the 
street from 10 AM to 6 PM. Lines to the gas stations have gone from a three 
hour wait to now less than five minutes. The supply ships are coming in with 
food and grocery stores are open. Relief efforts on the way here as well and 
being distributed daily. The one missing element that's dearly needed is tarps 
to cover the rooves that have been blown away. At first they were only three 
distribution centers, they have added a few more in the past two days. One 
center was distributing tarps that were 8 x 10'. There are so many homes that 
lost their entire roof that need  at least 30 x 60'. We just have to wait and 
see how it pans out.

There are many friends of the Islands all over that are putting together 
packages and sending them. We are grateful for these friends. Tim Duncan raise 
a whole bunch of money and shipped items in and actually came to help 
distribute them. He is an angel in making.

Like I said I'm sorry I didn't keep in touch. We lost electricity and cell 
phone service during the storm. AT&T came back online fortunately in the area 
in which I am. There's an area to the east that I called 'the dead zone' as you 
get there you have no service on the entire eastern end of the island as well 
as St John who got battered more than St. Thomas. Sprint phones have not come 
back up as yet and I hear that people are trying to switch to AT&T since it's 
working. The third carrier VIYA I haven't checked for a signal as yet as they 
have been down since the storm. I will plan a few more updates every evening. 

Take care,

Ronnie

Sent from my Ronnie's iPhone
crystalpalaceusvi.com

- life after Irma
  • By James Latham <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:07:44 -0400
We are alive. We went through Irma huddled in our wooded house. As the winds increased we peeked out around midnight and watched our 20x 30 foot patio cover lift off like a rocket bound for the moon. Straight up it went maybe 100 feet sailing the winds until the electrical cables still attached snatched it back. Down it came crashing with a hammer blow to the side of our house. Again and again it did this until the ropes and lines holding it like kite string gave out. It finally hit the ground and rolled up, a 20 foot ball of metal tubing and roof panels. More was to come, about the peak of the storm we heard some loud ponding on the roof. My wife and I new the house roof was next to go. I looked out from our bathroom door watching our ceilings 4x6 wooden beams that spanned 18 feet across our living room start to vibrate like a guitar string. They stopped for a moment then flexed like bow. This is it I thought, the roof is going to go even with all the hurricane clips I installed. The violent pounding increased but the roof stopped vibrating after what seems like hours. I turned to my wife and asked "it seems to have hit its peak?". I did something I would not suggest anyone do, I stepped outside drawn to look the storm by some unreasonable urge I can't explain. Below our house a giant thread of horizontal rain and wind was twisting below weaving its way through are community and houses of my neighbors it looked ghostly like a silvery river making its on course.  I tried to photo it but each time rain splattered the camera lens. The wind turned and I ran inside. Well the house roof stayed on. Come light we emerged into a world changed.  

Jim Latham  

- St. Thomas
  • By poohwear at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:56:05 -0400
Magens Irma'17.jpgThis is a before and after shot of Magens Bay...decimated and devastated...

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- Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:52:08 -0700

Received from Claire Ochoa, former St.Thomas resident:

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has set up a fund to help Virgin Islanders recover from Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett.

“The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has started the FUND FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. The purpose of this fund is to provide monies for critical needs in the Virgin Islands,” Plaskett said.

The CFVI is a fiduciary for a number of smaller charities and holds 501c3 tax status, so donations to it are tax deductible. It has been a fixture in the territory for more than 25 years.

People can make donations through PayPal using the following the link: http://cfvi.net/donate/donate-fund.php. Please add “Fund for the VI” or “FFVI” into the description/memo line.


- Report from Mandahl
  • By James Latham <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:00:28 -0400
Lots of trees down, can't see the salt pond right now but last seen most the boats were all on the east end next to each other. Heavy rain and some lightning.

Please move on Irma.

Jim Latham
ARS KP2XX

- FireChat
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 06:49:07 -0700
Found this on the St.Thomas forum: http://help.stormcarib.com/index.php?58

Re: No reception on St. Thomas, VI to find my love ones. new
Posted by: Katie (71.40.85.186)
Date: September 07, 2017 06:44AM

Download the Firechat app - there's a #sttirma group you should follow and they've been giving updates through the storm on people and places.

I'm sure you will find your loved ones! Still trying to reach my brother in St. Thomas as well.

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- Update
  • By Gabriel Lowry <lowrygd at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 02:33:48 -0400
This is Gabriel Lowry again....

I just wanted to thanks to Gert and Dave and your families for allowing you to do what you do.  I'd also like to thank anyone else that's behind the scenes running the website and keeping things updated.  I'd like to buy you all a few drinks sometime!

Thanks Again,
Gabriel Lowry 
817.706.8020
Monitoring Ch 16 VHF

- Irma
  • By Gabriel Lowry <lowrygd at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 01:25:32 -0400
Good Evening All,

I hope you are well.  We are in Estate Lerkenlund near Fairchild Park.  We will be out at daybreak cutting our way down to 4coners trying to help in anyway we can along the way.  Ultimately heading to East Caret Bay, if you know of anyone in this area that needs help, please let us know.  We will be on channel 16 on VHF (call for Lowry) and my cell phone number is 817.706.8020.  
We will have chainsaw, winches, jacks, first aid, etc.

Be safe.

Gabriel Lowry
817.706.8020

- Fwd: #EXTRA: Public Health Emergency declared in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 16:02:55 -0700

#EXTRA: Public health emergency declared in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

 

A public health emergency has been declared in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price due to Hurricane Irma.

HHS has also sent a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to Puerto Rico. This includes health care providers and support staff who are non-government but are called to federal service in cases of disasters. They are able to aid local officials and assist with urgently needed medical care.

This designation follows an emergency declaration by President Trump for the same islands.

Price made the same declaration in Texas and Louisiana last week following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

 

Full statement from HHS:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 


HHS Secretary Price declares public health emergency in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Irma
 

 

Following the lead of President Trump’s emergency declarations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., today declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma continues its track in the Caribbean. In addition, he has taken action that gives HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.

“As Hurricane Irma bears down on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, HHS stands ready to help our fellow Americans and do all we can to ensure they have access to the healthcare services and support they need,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “Assets are being mobilized to address both immediate healthcare needs and prepare for long-term challenges. We are doing everything in our power to maintain access to care for those with Medicare and Medicaid by supporting the ability of hospitals and other healthcare facilities that participate in those programs to provide timely care to as many people impacted by the storm as possible.”

In addition to increasing the flexibility in providing services to, and assistance for, CMS beneficiaries, HHS has deployed approximately 70 personnel to affected areas to help state and local authorities plan and respond to communities’ medical needs, and additional staff is on standby to assist.

Today’s declaration of public health emergencies for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands follows similar emergency declarations for Texas and Louisiana that Secretary Price signed to help residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Secretary Price acted under his authority in the Public Health Service Act and Social Security Act.

These actions and flexibilities are effective retroactively to September 5, 2017.

Public health and safety information for Hurricane Irma can be found at https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/irma2017/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
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- Bad eye contact
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 13:47:12 -0400
Looks like no breaks for us, no eye as long as she keeps going her way, we are 
feeling some breakdown of trees falling against shutters.  Very viscous 

Cable out 

This will go soon I'm sure 

- Anguilla post
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 13:15:52 -0400
Joanie, so grateful for your post from Anguilla. Keep updating please.
If you hear anything about Welches Village let us know. Good thing 
Angullians love cement fortresses,yea! 

We are in psycho world now. We are over a hundred mph guessing now
And we want that Irma to scoot her big eye out of here so we can assess.
She does seem to be in control of the situation.

This is scary loud freight train shaking colossal power. 

We are shocked that communications are still open.
I apologize for over posting but it keeps me occupied.

Maybe another hour and half of this cray cray stuff, then eye break then more 
cray.

Let us know how you are doing. Can't believe the guy in Mandahl still
has panels on his roof..Wow?..awesomeness 



- Saint Thomas, VI (00802) Forecast | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:32:44 -0400
Dogs can't even hear thunder,
https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/vi/saint-thomas/00802?utm_source=HomeCard&utm_content=Button&cm_ven=HomeCardButton


- In the worst of it
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:27:57 -0400
Irma, why are you so mad at us ? You take super long deep breaths and blow it
out harder each time. This is the worst situation of our lives. Never had so
much fear, but I didn't go thru childbirth so there's that. 

We hear many trees cracking, thinks hitting roof, neighbors metal roofs flying.
These are 100plus mph winds according to the aviator in the house. 
The house is shaking. Everything is shaking. 

The Lays potato chips and Heineken helped ! 

Let's just go thru each minute .....then hour, then hope  for tomorrow.

Can't believe we still have wifi, bravo VIYA! 

Let's try to send some good vibes to Irma and get her to calm down please.

Let us know how you are doing. 

We are island strong. 




- Report from Mandahl Salt Pond
  • By James Latham <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:14:03 -0400
Winds are strong here in Mandahl.  Just lost a small section of the patio roof.   Lots of shaking and noise. Running on our big battery bank, solar panels giving a small charge . Boats in Salt pond seem to be OK some three are next to each other now like there anchors dragged . wind here seem to be out of North. The old wooden house holding so far.

Jim Latham 
ARS. KP2XX

- Cracking trees
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:49:52 -0400
Jill the Red Cross NP, Just drove from Frenchtown back to shelter by 
stadium downtown. South side of island, sea level, not sure how she did it.
She said town is a mess.

We hear cracking trees, and sheet metal flying. Nauseous, shaky, 
scary. Feels like house is shaking. 

Maybe an earthquake? 

This is bad.


- San Juan Radar | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:49:04 -0400
Shaky acre over here 
https://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=JUA&lat=18.35000038&lon=-64.93333435&label=Saint%20Thomas%2c%20VI


- St. Thomas Source » Mapp: Break Curfew Wednesday and “You Will Be Arrested”
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:10:01 -0400
I agree with our Governor. Largest gusts we have ever experienced.
http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/09/05/mapp-break-curfew-wednesday-and-you-will-be-arrested/


- Flyaway Kit
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:04:31 -0400
Aviators call  it a fly away kit and we just put one together for the first 
time in
our 24 yrs in St Thomas after experiencing many storms and 6 major hurricanes.

Into plastic bags, into plastic bin in a strong area of house, laptops, jewelry,
paperwork, purse, wallet, car keys etc. After a rest, will do some clothing and
toiletries, shoes. 

We have never had wind like this from this direction. I just heard a car with
loud boom box drive by. CRAY CRAY .We hear from 2 sources that Fortuna 
West End power is out. We are working off battery bank while it holds.

Our friend Bonnie and Isaiah built the smartest house we have ever seen 
in Anguilla.We wish ours was as strong. 

Fingers crossed the Viya Evo communications bundle wire holds, but realize
no news is normal. We have no idea how cell towers are. 

Now going to change into "fly away " outfit. Be ready to survive. With all
your best jewels  on ! 

- Irma Wednesday Morning NW side Of St Thoma
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:04:53 -0400
Sleep has been rare for last 4 days. This will be brief. The sea is up and 
angry.
Surrounded by grey. Some hard rain, then mist then not. We live off the grid
so use generator to boost batteries. We are watching too much weather channel.
Nauseated about Anguilla, just heard that St Maarten is in the eye.

Brave of our friend Jill NP to be on Red Cross duty in town. They had 58 folks 
overnight. She has badges so can drive in curfew. She drove the less than
1 mile to Frenchtown at 6 am and was shocked already. She was stopped 
twice, apparently curfew from 6 am today til Thursday 6 pm is being enforced.
GOOD. 

Our friends in Lerkenlund north side over a Magens were feeling breezy
by 9:30 last night. We are experiencing the most wind from the North now
ever and we have been in this house since 2001. This house was built in
1964. Not sure if the roof will hold. I have been making big promises to 
wind gods to show some mercy. We will start to feel it stronger from the West
soon. Backdoor west side is wearing plywood first time ever. East side shutters
are still cracked open for ventilation but that will change soon. So glad we
had those trees cut in the back just 2 days ago. 

This is the most anxious we've ever been about our house. 

Stay in touch. Dear family and friends in states , out of energy to answer 
texts and emails. Will try to make some calls if landline holds as cell 
never works here anyway. Dear islanders, please let us know how it is going.
The wind is so loud now.

- 0700, up a south facing hill in Nadir
  • By Kim Caley <mantaray357 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:03:05 -0400
Winds stared picking up about 5, still not bad yet. My kitty is hiding behind a 
pillow on the couch, and I wish I could sleep. Keep the faith that cell towers 
come back online soon, so we can keep our families stateside informed to our 
welfare.

Kim aka Kimmie 

Sent from Planet Earth 

- Hurricane prep done
  • By James Latham <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 22:21:02 -0400
Tuesday night at 10pm . I just finished up  three days of preparation of house, hope those Solar Panels stay on the roof. (And the roof stays on). Also lowered my  60 foot ham radio towers to the ground and stored the antennas. Planning on setting it all back up after the hurricane passes to assist with communication off island. Hope everyone stays safe. 

Best,

Jim Latham
Mandahl Salt Pond, St. Thomas



- Brewers Beach St Thomas This Morning
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:46:11 -0400

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- St. Thomas Source » NHC Calls Irma ‘Potentially Catastrophic’
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:38:29 -0400
Curfew in place from 6am Wednesday til,6pm Thursday 
http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/09/05/nhc-calls-irma-potentially-catastrophic/


- Marine Forecast | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:28:55 -0400
The copters and planes are tucked in with boats in the hangar.
> 
> Tomorrow....up to 31 ft seas !!
> https://www.wunderground.com/MAR/AM/725.html


- A Little Help Putting Up The Shutters
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:27:31 -0400
As long as he stays outside.

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- Where Do You Keep Your Solar Panels ?
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:59:47 -0400
Let us know  how you  are doing?we see choppy seas and December like wind. 
cooling down.

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- Shelters
  • By Ronald Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:57:37 -0400

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Ronnie

- Irma
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:46:07 -0400
Much too close for comfort. Stores running out of supplies. Latest projection at 5am is over the BVIs tomorrow.
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- Tree Surgery before Irma
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 16:21:46 -0400
Today's $$ gone

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- St. Thomas Source » USVI Public School Opening Postponed Due To Hurricane Irma
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 16:09:17 -0400
Send any info you have on wind fields please....allot of solar panels to deal 
with 
here in St Thomas . 
http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/09/04/usvi-public-school-opening-postponed-due-to-hurricane-irma/


- Wind Fields and Solar Panels
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 09:44:06 -0400
Dave, thanks for your updates. Can you please discuss wind fields and
timing . Lots of solar panels in limbo in St Thomas.
Jane on the NW  side , Fortuna. 


- Attitude About Latitude ,Closest Point of Approach - Caribbean Hurricane Network
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:20:13 -0400
Cheese n bread, really Irma? I don't like your latitude......

http://www.stormcarib.com/closest.cgi


- Irma nears
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 07:36:05 -0400
There has been lots of people getting ready for what is now the impending storm. Seems like it will pass close to us. As we know they are so many variables and things can change. The two big box stores have been filled with people since Thursday. Up to yesterday they were jammed as well as Home Depot. Our local supplier MSI opened yesterday and will again today for any one needing plywood and the like.
Haven't heard if we have been put on watch. No VITEMA updates being emailed. They say their website is down. Their Facebook page is up for info. From their Facebook page came this. Pretty much the only thing from the GVI.

Sand bag distribution locations will be opened throughout the territory beginning on Monday, September 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:
St. Croix:
• Department of Public Works, Anna’s Hope
• Department of Public Works, Frederiksted
• Grove Fire Station
• Cotton Valley Fire Station
St. Thomas:
• Department of Public Works
• Bordeaux Fire Station
• Tutu Fire Station
St. John:
• Department of Public Works

Ronnie



- St. Thomas Source » Irma: Coast Guard Sets Port Condition Whiskey
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2017 14:51:45 -0400
As of 8 am today, port Authority instructions 
http://stthomassource.com/content/2017/09/03/irma-coast-guard-sets-port-condition-whiskey/


- : Tropical_Tidbits_—_[Saturday]_Irma_a _Dangerous _Hurricane_–_Could_Impact_Leew ard_Antilles_Nex t_Week
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2017 08:52:41 -0400
To the Northern Leewards, please listen to this video. Thanks Frank.

- Warnings for St.Thomas...St. John.. and Adjacent Islands, Virgin Islands | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 21:23:21 -0400
We live at 650 feet and can hear the surf pounding. High rip current warning.
Spent some time with post hole digger cleaning muck out of drain today, lots of
cardio, no need for gym . We will keep cleaning the perimeters. Arborist  
coming tomorrow.
Even if Irma  goes fishing Jose will be behind her soon to stir it up.
https://www.wunderground.com/US/VI/001.html?utm_source=HomeCard&utm_content=Alert&cm_ven=HomeCardAlert&hdf=1


- Fwd: Climate Prediction Center - Global Tropical Hazards Assessment
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 04:56:08 -0400
Above average rainfall for an extended period. 
> 
> 
> http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/ghazards/index.php


- Baiting The Hook?
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:27:55 -0400
Fingers crossed that Irma decides to go fishing.
Meanwhile, might as well get ready for her buddies coming southeast of her.

Please donate to StormCarib.

Gert, thanks again for everything.


- Irma Spaghetti Models | Cyclocane
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:07:30 -0400
Another way to look at Irma. She is way to far away to call it. She is big and 
in
a hot environment to lose her temper. The 967 mb is strong. She is big. Better
to be ready by Tuesday sundown. No reason not to. 


https://www.cyclocane.com/irma-spaghetti-models/


- Irma
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2017 07:59:49 -0400
So much fun with all of the reports and speculation. Irma seems to be heading our way. As stateside friends look at the reports they are convinced we will be hit dead on. I will wait while it gets closer to speculate. Right now I believe we will be brushed by her. Stay tuned.


Ronnie Lockhart
St Thomas

- Prep for Irma
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:23:28 -0400
I've been informed by the aviator to fully prep for Irma.


- Harvey Warnings
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:13:04 -0400
Storm seasoned islanders will always tell statesiders facing ominous long term
forecasts, if you can drive away do it. Unlike tornadoes, hurricanes do
give you more time to prepare.

We spend our summers clearing our perimeters and stocking our pantry.

Now it is our turn to be prepared. Look East to Africa. Get ready. 

- Saharan Air Layer (SAL) - Split Window - MET-9 - Latest Available
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:43:59 -0400
Sahara dust to the rescue ?
http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/salmain.php?&prod=splitE&time


- St Thomas Texas Society Chili Cook Off Spicy Reggae Fabulous Again
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:58:23 -0400
Many thanks to the chefs ,musicians, sponsors , volunteers and organizers. 
Happy to report we made it till 3:30 before the huge blast of a storm landed on 
the venue. Over 40 chefs spiced it up and Reggae Music was so sweet on Brewers 
Bay by the runway on UVI campus. Lots of moisture hanging out now. Peace out. 
Get ready. 
https://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=JUA&lat=18.35000038&lon=-64.93333435&label=Saint%20Thomas%2c%20VI


- Cold Thunder Barking Til 4 am, WAKE UP CALL
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2017 08:32:09 -0400
The German Shepherd was on bark guard duty til 4 am . Not much sleep was had in this 
little jungle hut. It was a cold stormy night  and only 73 now. We have been off the grid for 
a few years so not sure how the current held up for others. We are running the generator 
for about an hour to beef up the battery bank as it looks like a grey morning.
Our friends in St John lost power at dusk last night and it still is not back on. We hear there is power in Cruz Bay. 
Let us know how you fared last night and see attached link to see what is coming. I think we are still in for it all over BVI Festival and down island. Looks like Culebra and Vieques are right under it. 
This is our warning. Time to wake up and recognize what season we are in. Isabel from St 
Croix, your pictures are amazing. We had lateral lightening that crackled crazy.
If we could just explain thunder to the dogs. If my neighbor could just bring his dog inside 
during storms, we would all sleep better. Stay safe . 



- Saint Thomas, VI (00802) Forecast | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 20:34:57 -0400
69 degrees ! In August...unheard of...cold high tops.  Super loud thunder 
https://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00802.1.99999?sp=KCHARLOT3&utm_source=HomeCard&utm_content=Button&cm_ven=HomeCardButton


- Cold, racing clouds, really windy ,lots of boomers ,right now
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 18:46:50 -0400

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- August Cold
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 18:25:51 -0400
73 degrees in daylight hours in August here on the Northwest side of St Thomas.
High deep,clouds;  lots of thunder barking going on. Mother Nature is busy.

- Tail End of Storm
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 15:39:18 -0400
We are feeling the tail end of a storm forming over us right now.
 A pilot from St Maarten just diverted to St Croix to get to St Thomas.
Thunder and sideways rain all around. Fingers crossed it just keeps moving on. 

- Windy, Hazy ,Hot , Hello August
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:26:43 -0400
August is bringing in the Sahara dust haze and we'll take it as protection 
from storms coming off of Africa. It is windy today and the horizon line
is blurred. The aviation mechanic is on his way to St Maarten to
perform some surgery on an aircraft. Hoping for some decent weather
down there and baguettes and Brie on the return. 
Thank you again StormCarib for this forum to air our weather concerns 
and give preparation suggestions. 
Picking up loose items and getting organized on your property perimeters 
will come in handy when something pops up down the road. We recently 
had to re plumb the entire cement jungle hut so exterior wall clean 
up was mandatory. Those old copper pipes were full of pin holes and 
wasted the cistern bounty.
Building up your pantry with some canned goods now every time you 
go to the store will help too. We've been freezing extra peppers and tomatoes 
from the garden and know they will come in handy if we can't get to the store. 

The Mango warnings are clear! Old timers always say a good year for mangoes
means get ready for everything, right? The mangoes have been off the 
charts. I had to freeze some to keep up with the ripest ones; perfect for
instant smoothies.

Stay in touch with StormCarib and let us know how you are faring down island.

Jane Higgins in Breezy West End Fortuna
St Thomas 
jhigginswear at islands.vi 

- Rain Dance
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2017 08:26:32 -0400
Call the water truck, put white clothes on the line, do the rain 
dance.....Thank You Mother Nature, we really needed that .

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- Storm Season Sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:14:57 -0400
The side effect of much needed moisture in the form of a masterpiece sunset. 
Thank you Mother Nature.

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