[IMG: Hurricane Mitch approaching Honduras on 1998 October 26, 13:15 UT.; Credit: Dennis Chesters, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Craig Mayhew, and Hal Pierce, Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Updates from the Islands
Mitch - Honduras

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-HELP- Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 06:56:02 -0500 From: Sheila Green (SheilaGreen@compuserve.com) Subject: Guanaja Stayed with Michael & Angela Cooper 3 - 15 October. They live near Manati on E of island Their son Andrew arrived there on 26 October. Glad to hear from your page that Doug and Mary are O.K. Please let me know if the Coopers are O.K. Their call sign is Tyke 15. Also how can I help with money or goods and where to send. Sheila Green, Wester Yards, West Road Charlestown Fife KY11 3EW Scotland. Fax 01383 873282 Tel. 01383 872802
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 23:14:44 -0800 From: John or Linda Miller (lsmiller@sdcoe.k12.ca.us) Subject: Sarah and George Sturgeon, Roatan Looking for information about Sarah and George Sturgeon, S/V Joy. They live on Calabash bight near Oakridge on Roatan. Concerned about their condition. Any news appreciated. John and Linda Miller
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 23:48:30 -0600 From: turnbow (turnbow@greencis.net) Looking for my son, Joel Turnbow, on Roatan.  Would appreciate any news.  Thanks.Ron Turnbow.  email - turnbow@greencis.net
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 23:06:27 -0700 From: march@sweetwater.net Subject: HELP! We are trying to find out ANY information regarding our sister SHARON DUNNOHEW. Her last known location was at the Bahia Resort, Guanaja. If anyone has ANY information regarding her whereabouts please contact us or my sister Maureen at "pugsrus@earthlink.net".
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 98 23:37:42 -0800 From: SG Johnson (suzie@mail.ptd.net) Subject: Ian Johnson My name is Suzanne Johnson. My son Ian Johnson is on Roatan. We last heard from him on Wednesday October 28. If any one has information about him, please e-mail me at suzie@ptdprolog.net. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone.
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 21:21:32 -0600 From: JAYSON WOOD (hwood@mail.msy.bellsouth.net) Subject: Hurricane relief Attention!!! Efforts are being made to help the victims of hurricane Mitch. Here in New Orleans, efforts are being made to ship supplies to the Bay Islands. Donations of non perishable food, medicine, cloths, sheets/blankets, etc. will be appreciated. Anyone interested in helping can contact Glessie at hwood@bellsouth.net or at hwood@tiger.lsu.edu. for further information.
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 21:13:50 -0600 From: Kandi (kandi@dialnet.net) My sister-in-law and her husband are unaccounted for. We have tried to be calm, could you please help. Diane and Terry Smith and Jack and Darian Conlee, they live on Half Moon Cay. Evidently took shelter at Bahia, the Italian Resort. We have had no word at all from them. The American Red Cross has not been able to help, nor the US State Department. Please if anyone has heard or seen them please e-mail me at kandi@dialnet.net or call 417-581-2661. Thank you so much for the work you are doing. Kandi Langham
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 19:57:46 EST From: JLHKAH1@aol.com Subject: Looking for family Gert, My cousin Jo and her husband Dick Sheridan are on Guanaja. They had been building a new resort called Jodi's. We are eager to have some word of them. I am in contact with Jo's family and can relay any messages. Kathy Harris, San Diego
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 18:22:31 -0600 From: Kendall C. Crawford (kcc37@hal-pc.org) Subject: Utila Information Gert -- I just received this note from my son Andy Crawford from Utila -- "Just a little news from Utila. The island was amazingly spared from the major brunt of Mitch. I storm prepped the boats (removing masts, wind generators, servo-pendulum etc, and put them both in the lagoon with three anchors each. I was able to get a fisherman to take me to check on them a couple of days ago and they were fine. As conditions have not degenerated I assume that the same is still true. Mom weathered the storm in Roatan as far as I know, but I haven't been able to make contact as services are just comming back on-line. Feel free to respond at this address, although it may be some time until I receive it as there is a shortage of paper on the island (not to mention food). All in all we feel very lucky and are just thankful that someone up there is looking after us. Guanaja was not so lucky." Gert -- thank you for all you are doing -- it means more than you can realize -- Kendall Crawford 8601 Lupton Lane, Houston TX 77055 713-464-6866 (FAX 713-827-8037) e-mail KCC37@HAL-PC.ORG
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 18:12:28 EST From: WHIT1945@aol.com Subject: cocoview resort - roatan, bay islands, honduras Has anyone heard anything about Mr. Bill Evans and family at Cocoview Resort? We spent a wonderful week there October 20th and they became very dear to us. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 17:07:06 -0600 From: hmayager (hmayager@gbm.hn) the honduras maya hotel in tegucigalpa has established an office to help coordiante emergency and rescue efforts. we are trying to get flights to guanaja a.s.a.p. the weather has been terrrible today,we hope for the best tomorrow, american,taca and continental all canceled flights today, looks like american and continental cancelled for tomorrow as well if you have any info or questions please contact me daniel oconnor via e-mail gmanager@hondurasmaya.hn or call me directly at 504 220-5000 we want to help anyway possible
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 16:08:46 -0600 From: Katie Brown (kbrown@ietravel.com) Subject: Utila Assistance and Information Hello Gert, Thank you so much for providing information about the Bay Islands and the devastation there. My friends Jeanne Larose, Geoffrey Rollins and I, Katie Brown, are all retired teachers from the Utila Methodist Community College. We would like information on our friends and former students there; from reports we have learned that many people are staying in the school. Also, is there a relief fund set up for the people of Utila, who need food and clean water? Thanks so much - we're praying for our friends and the good people of Honduras. Sincerely, Katie Brown, Birmingham, Alabama
-RELIEF- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 16:34:43 -0500 From: "Info@Bayman Bay" (info@baymanbayclub.com) Subject: Guanaja Relief We are organizing a relief effort here at Terra Firma Adventures, the reservation office for Bayman Bay Club. The information is attached in two pages. We would really appreciate it if we could post it to your site. Thank you so much. The details can be found here -Gert
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 15:56:02 EST From: IngramNsy@aol.com To anyone: I am looking for some friends. There were vacationing in Honduras; however, there were moved to a town called Guanja-- the little village is called Savannah Bright. I am desperately looking for them. There names are Alex and Monique Patterson. If you here anything about them, please contact me as soon as possible. The American Embassy now knows that there are there but not exact location. I need all the help I can receive. Also, the people down there are freezing and hungry. Please try to lend out and reach a helping hand to the people in need. Thanks, Ingram Family
-NEWS- -RELIEF- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 12:46:00 -0800 From: loretta.miles (loretta.miles@mci2000.com) Subject: Re: Hurricane Mitch I've been in contact with my husband, Alex Martinez, and with Phil Stevens at the Sunset Inn/Ocean Divers Resort in West End, Roatan www.roatanet.com/nitrox and have more recent and detailed information on the current conditions in Roatan. Of course, it continues to rain, blow, and the seas are still very angry but now the concern is for the lack of supplies. Potable water is running low and with no power, it will be difficult to purify. Food is in extreme shortage but in that beautiful island style, communities are banding together in an attempt to share what little remains. There have been reports of some looting and the unconfirmed deaths of two children. French Harbor sustained major damage on the point, Oakrige and Oakridge Key were seriously hit, most of Jonesville is ok, Coxen Hole is ok, West End suffered some moderate damage (sea walls, docks, part of Foster's, Sueno del Mar, Sea Grape, and Stanley's were all hit - maybe more, but this is all I know of for sure). Most of the sailing yachts hid in Port Royal and are ok - I have heard of none damaged, but of course, news is still trickling in. The worst damage still seems to be to Punta Gorda (over 100 homes completely gone, but miraculously no loss of life) and to Politilly Bite. These people need not only our prayers, but our help. I have opened an account at US Bank for donations. The money will all go directly from this account to the hands of the most devestated of families, bypassing government agencies. I will personally carry it to Roatan on the 19th of November and my husband (A local from Punta Gorda) and I will distribute it on a "most needy" basis. Please send checks and money orders made out to HURRICANE MITCH RELIEF, P.O. Box 2273, Salem, OR 97308. If you have a specific person or family in mind, send detailed instructions of how to find these people and we will do our best to get the money directly to them, but if location of individuals becomes impossible money will be diverted into this general fund and given to someone else with a desperate need. Thousands of wonderful people are now left with nothing, not even roofs over their heads. We can do something. Please help. Please be generous. Thank you.
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 13:28:35 -0700 From: Jean Greatorex (jean@vena.com) Subject: Re: Hurricane Info Gert, I have just had news from the Cayman Islands. They are ready with helicopters, small plans and boats all stuffed full of supplies, and they are heading to Guanaja. They will undoubtedly be the first to arrive. The Caribbean Star sails tonite out of Tampa with supplies, will probably arrive in Guanaja on Monday night, and will return to Tampa for more supplies. More later. Jeanne
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 13:32:01 -0600 From: Elias Rodas Alvarez (rodacom@itsnetworks.net) Subject: Tegucigalpa under water We are drowning here! Lots of houses have been flooded here in Tegucigalpa. All river have reached their maximum level, and most lower parts of the city are under water. It is raining continuously since last night, and most companies have shut down operations. Even I had to move my family, because a little river near my home is growing too large. Most bridges are closed to traffic, and supermarket are full with people buying food for the next days. Please pray for our nation, because we are confronting the worst disaster of our history, we'll really apreciate it. Eduardo Rodas
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 14:17:43 -0500 () From: Sandra Solomon (ksolomon@uoguelph.ca) Subject: Re: Guanaja Update Sandra Solomon here. I have just got off the phone from my cousin, Mary Solomon - she was calling on Greg's (Pelican Divers) satelite phone. She and Doug are both fine but "have been through hell". The word from the island is they desperately, desparately need water, food and medical supplies as soon as possible. Mary indicated that Mangrove Bight is wiped out and as far as she knows, so is The Key (Bonacca). Not only is there a need for aid, it is needed immediately. Anything anyone can do to help with this, would be appreciated. I am hoping to track down Greg's satelite phone number or some direct way for people to get information on their family and friends - this may take a while. Thanks, again, for your help. Sandra
-RELIEF- -HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 12:52:40 -0600 From: Kendall C. Crawford (kcc37@hal-pc.org) Subject: Site for Honduras Aid Gert -- it is possible to make credit card donations for aid to Honduras at www.honduras.com/donate.html Any information re conditions on Utila will be appreciated -- we're eager to hear any news about Andy Crawford from Houston on S/Y Irma. Kendall C. Crawford 8601 Lupton Lane, Houston TX 77055 713-464-6866 (FAX 713-827-8037) e-mail KCC37@HAL-PC.ORG
-HELP- 2nd plea for help, now with more detail. -Gert Name: Miguel Moreno, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. Email: Mijalis@aol.com via Sara L. Sommers (sasommer@wyoming.com) Subject: -URGENT-"FANTOME"-URGENT Date: 10/30/98 Time: 9:24:47 AM Sailing Vessel "FANTOME" She is a large sailing ship with 4 masts, about 120 feet high. 282 feet long, white hull and blue border. 31 persons on board. Last contact with her was made on Tuesday, 27 October at 16:30. She was then South of Guanajo on a Easterly course, trying to avoid Mitch. Her last course was 086 degrees at 7 knots. She has not been seen or heard of since then. Please, anyone who has seen her or knows of somebody that has seen or heard from them after Tuesday afternoon, pls write back to: Mijalis@aol.com or call collect to: Windjammer Cruises (IMR)(Miami-USA) Tel: (305) 538-7772. This number is manned 24 hours/day. It has been 3 three days without ANY contact or reports of the "FANTOME". Please report any verifiable lead. Thanks in advance,
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 10:42:11 -0500 From: Steve Lindsey (HVYMTL@cmaster.com) Subject: locate family Gert, I am trying to locate the family of Douglas & Jane Kothenbeutel. If anyone knows of them or their whereabouts, please let me know. My email address is hvymtl@cmaster.com, or they can call me collect in the US at (417)926-6680. Gert, thank you so much for your time and effort. You have allowed us in the US to stay connected to our family and friends in this time of pain and confussion. Although we know the situation there is horrible, you have given us some comfort in the fact that there is someone we can turn to to voice our concerns and questions. Please keep up the good work. God bless you and your reporters. Nessa
-RELIEF- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 10:48:54 -0500 () From: Sandra Solomon (ksolomon@uoguelph.ca) Subject: Guanaja Update Dear Gert: I now have the information for Canadian donations. Thank you so much for providing this service - I can't tell you how much it is appreciated. Further to the earlier message from Keith and Sandra Solomon I now have information on where Canadians can forward donations for Guanaja. The Royal Bank was unable to help but the Seventh Day Adventist Relief Group (ADRA) will accept donations and forward them to their American group to purchase whatever supplies are necessary. Please make the cheque payable to: ADRA Canada. Attach a note specifying that it is for Guanaja, Honduras Hurricane Relief and mail it to: ADRA Canada 1148 King Street East OSHAWA ON L1H 1H8 Thank you to anyone who can help - a lot of Canadians have no idea of the devastation, so publicizing it through your local media would also help. Sandra More info can be found in an earlier message from Sandra. -Gert
-HELP- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 09:04:34 CST6CDT From: Rebecca Griffiths (rebeccag@NUHREV.HR.NWU.EDU) Subject: Please help. I am looking for my sister Anyone. My family and I have been trying to locate my sister who is living in Honduras. She, her husband and their 2 year old daughter were living in the Barrio Independencia in La Ceiba, Honduras. Their names are Christina and Sofia Griffiths and Oscar Serrano. If anyone has heard about this area or has any information, I would appreciate anything you could tell us. I fear they may be out of food and water, especially for their daughter. Please contact my mom (Susan Griffiths 309.787.3355) by phone or e-mail at SUEJOHN@AOL.COM if you have any information regarding their whereabouts. We are hoping to bring her home soon. Thanks so much for your help. Rebecca Griffiths, Chicago, Illinois
-NEWS- -RELIEF- Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 09:43:15 -0500 () From: Keith Solomon (ksolomon@uoguelph.ca) Subject: Guanaja Re Email from Jean Greatorex: This is Keith and Sandra Solomon from Canada. Doug and Mary Solomon from Palm Point (Black Rock) are our cousins. The last news we heard of them was that they were seen at around 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 27th in Savanna Bight and were okay. Would be grateful to hear from anybody who has heard about them more recently. Their son, Graham, in the States had a call this morning from his sister Cathy (Toni) who is in La Ceiba to say she is fine, town is okay - the winds didn't affect it much, just lots of water, bridges washed out and more rain to come. The airport is unusable. Like you, we are working hard at getting aid down to Guanaja, particularly Mangrove Bight which, from all accounts, has been the hardest hit and is the most remote. Our information is coming via Sandi Bazley (Pelican Divers) through her husband, Greg, who has a satelite phone. Sandi, Rosemary (ex-Crescent Moon) and other medical personnel are on their way to Tampa to go down on the Caribbean Star, which will be loaded with as much medical supplies and provisions as is possible. The best contact to organize this is through the American Caribbean Club (Joseph Miller) at (813) 837-9823. They are very hard to get hold of and I have left a message asking for them to contact me as soon as possible. I believe the Caribbean Star is only accepting things through the Club. However, there is another route through the Seventh Day Adventists who have a special disaster relief fund organization (ADRA). Their phone No. is 1-800-424-2372. I understand they have a vessel leaving Miami soon with supplies for Guanaja. People might want to contact them, too. In Canada Sandra is presently trying to arrange something with either the Royal Bank or through the Seventh Day Adventist Church to accept donations for Guanaja. Keith has written to the Prime Minister and our local representative has been approached to help in any way. Those in both the States and Canada may wish to contact their respective levels of government to seek assistance for Guanaja specifically. There is a very real danger that, because of the devastation on the mainland, the islands, the areas hardest hit, will be at the end of the relief chain. As soon as I have any more information, I will pass it on.
-HELP- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 21:46:42 PST From: Meghan McCrea (meghan_mccrea@hotmail.com) Subject: Children's Palace Teachers on Roatan I am looking for information about the Canadian and American teachers from the Children's Palace on Roatan, specifically, information on my brother Patrick McCrea. I believe the teachers are staying at Mr. Albert Jackson's house, but I am not sure. Is there anyone out there who could check on their status and see if they are okay. It would be much appreciated. Thank you. Meghan McCrea, Vancouver, Canada
-HELP- -NEWS- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 21:03:28 -0800 From: "Roberts, Julie" (jroberts@img.net) Subject: My son is on utila Hi My twenty year old son from Canada was travelling in Honduras when the hurricane hit. He is now stranded on the island of utila. We just heard from the Canadian Embassy that he is safe.Where can we get more information about whether or not they have enough food supplies etc. etc. My son's name is Dustin Stolen and he is with a friend named Eric Meyers. If you can let me know any more information about things on Utila I would be very grateful. Thankyou Julie Roberts jroberts@img.net
Now is the time to start the relief efforts... If anyone wants to help out, please contact Jean. It is not a pretty picture on the Bay Islands or Honduras whatsoever... -Gert -NEWS- -RELIEF- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 18:48:05 -0700 From: Jean Greatorex (jean@vena.com) Subject: Re: Hurricane Info Gert, I have been working all day to purchase supplies and get them to the docks in Tampa tomorrow. I will purchase more tomorrow and also be asking for donations as my own funds are running short. I have had news via several other people that Posada del Sol and the Bahia Resort are running out of food, so I am sure that everyone must be short of food. I also feel strongly that the air strip is not usable. So, the only option is the Caribbean Star in Tampa. They will sail just as soon as safe, and I want to make sure the boat is load full with food. I have contacted a group in Alberta Canada that are organizing supplies, another in Minnesota and a third in Seattle. And if other people want to donate they can contact me. I am working through bayman Bay Resort as they have the only contact to the island so far. I did hear from a Mr. Barnes today that he had made contact with the Bahia Resort in Guanaja. That is good news indeed if true, becasue my next problem is to get the people in Guanaja to organize themselves and be ready when the Caribbean Star arrives so that it is not choas like it was during Hurricane fifi. If panyone want s to help in any way they can contact me: Jeanne Greatorex, Tel: 408-377-2714, Email: jean@vena.com More tomorrow, Jeanne
-HELP- -NEWS- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 16:51:17 -0600 From: Maureen Johnston (pugsrus@earthlink.net) Subject: Looking for Sharon Dunnohew on Guanaja My sister Sharon Dunnohew , and friends Jack and Darien Conlee and Terry and Diane Smith from Half Moon Cay in Guanaja were last heard from on Tuesday, Oct 27th around noon. At that time they were at the Bahia resort in Sandy Bay. If anyone has any Information concerning them or reports about that area I would appreciate hearing from you. I lived on Guanaja at Brick point from 1987-1997. I had a report from Posada Del Sol that Bill Miller is OK. I am Also seeking info on Keith Kibler who lives on Clark Cay, Guanaja. No one seems to know where he was during the hurricane. Sandy Bazley's husband Greg is in their house near Mangrove Bight. He reported to her today Oct, 29 1998 by Satelite phone that their house is the only one left standing and that 150 hungry people are in his large house. Bayman Bay reports by satelite phone most of their dock is gone, along with 6 cabins. 50 people there are OK. Posada Del Sol reports also by satelite phone that their marina and staff quarters are gone, and all people there OK. Please E mail me if anyone has any info. Thanks Maureen Johnston
-HELP- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 15:31:53 -0800 From: Marc Feezor (MFeezor@Fadaleng.com) Subject: Guanaja Has anybody been by Casa tahiti ( " Mr. Teds " ), it is the home next to Norman Knudsen's. on Dun bar Reef, Sandy Bay. I would also like to request the names of the injured/killed at Savanah Bight. My e-mail mfeezor@fadaleng.com
-HELP- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 12:56:02 -0600 From: "Brandt, Lori" (BrandtL@ctt.com) Subject: SS Fantome, sailing ship Dear Gert, we are hoping for any news of the SS Fantome, a 200' sailing ship that was in the waters off Belize/Honduras. She was expected to try to ride out the storm "in the lee of Roatan". Any news about the ship or any of the crew would be VERY much appreciated. We are worried that the worst has happened, and if anyone has seen the ship at Roatan or could confirm that they are OK we would be very appreciative, Lori Brandt, San Diego, CA
-NEWS- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 13:32:24 -0600 From: Elias Rodas Alvarez (rodacom@itsnetworks.net) It has been raining in Tegucigalpa since last night and most of the time, causing that rivers in the central region of the country begin to increase their flow. However, planes are still landing (I just saw a Continental plane land). This is not the case for San Pedro sula, where the airport is totally flooded. In the north coast, most cities and villages are incomunicated, because roads are closed, and most bridges are damaged. In the bay islands, the northern coasts of the islands are very damaged, while the southern coasts are in much better condition (Coxen Hole in Roatan, for example). It is esimated that 75% of houses in Guanaja are destroyed, and Utila has reported damages, though not so bad. That's it for now. I will be giving more information sooner. Eduardo rodas
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 20:31:54 -0600 From: Sarah Kirkconnell (curwood@email.msn.com) Subject: Re: Update Guanaja Just got off the phone with my Aunt, she heard the Major of Guanaja (Cheryl Powery) confirmed 14 dead in Savanah Bight. This was done on the radio, the Major was asked "Are you sure, is it confirmed?", her answer was "Yes". Sarah (I myself have no way of confirming this). However I do believe my Aunt.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 17:20:18 -0800 From: loretta.miles (loretta.miles@mci2000.com) My husband (Alex Martinez) just called to let me know that he and his family have all made it through so far. He has been in Punta Gorda, Roatan, since Monday and has seen the worst. Damage to homes and roads was severe, all phone lines are down on the east end of the island, and it took him the better part of the day to get to West End. All homes and structures along the beach in Punta Gorda are completely gone as well as many on the other side of the road. There are NO deaths reported in Punta Gorda at this time, all people were successfully evacuated to higher ground and the damage to buildings was as a result of incredibly high seas, rather than the winds. At this time, the winds have slowed but as Mitch seems to be in no hurry to move on, the people there are afraid that they might be hit again. With many homes in a now weakened state it would not take much to bring them down. Please continue to keep these people in your prayers.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 16:41:55 -0600 From: Dennise_Bodden@trilogy.com My parents also from Guanaja have recently spoken with someone in Bonacca and all houses on stilts on the water have been destroyed, but all cement structures and houses are still okay. Nobody is believed to have been killed directly by the hurricane. It seems the winds are decreasing and one person was able to walk outside to give this report. All homes on water at Savannah bight have been washed out.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 16:52:19 -0500 From: Bernice Mills (bmills@sympatico.ca) Subject: West Bay Roatan We have been informed that as of around noon on the 28th, little or no damage was incurred to the homes. Some minor flooding of some homes on the beach but no structural damage to speak off. The beach has been eroded somewhat and vegetation along the beach wiped out (for those who planted some shrubs and trees). There is flooding of the beach area. So far, so good for the residents of West Bay, but the 4 pm. advisory has indicated that Mitch is moving westward, so things may change. Fred and Bernice van de Voort, Montreal, Canada.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 15:43:28 -0800 From: Depto de Sistemas (heraldo2@datum.hn) During the whole day there have been constant showers... The Concepcion Damn has reached it's capacity and has begun to overflow...several landslides have been reported in several location throughout the city... according to reports, the hurricane has been stationed in the Bay Islands area since this morning.. there have been reports of a few casualties however no official reports with the number of victims but in Guanaja a 75% houses were destroyed, no official reports of victims because nobody can go to Guanaja .... In La Ceiba, floodings have ocurred all over town and some bridges were destroyed most houses on the beach have been washed out by the sea, and a couple of refuges have come down because of the strong winds. In Tela, there are reports of heavy rain and strong winds, causing floodins all over town, many places have been evacuated already and the people have been placed in temporary shelters, but now there aren4t any way to get out from tela... In Cortes, very heavy rain and strong winds as well, the tides have risen and there are waves reaching up to 12 feet in height... In general, many bridges have come down, and on TV we have seen that most rivers have flooded plantations and villages as well, also, that trees have been torn apart by the winds and the sea is well into land. There is no electrical energy in some places (10 to more hours)throughout the region, and communications by phone are very difficult. Here in Tegucigalpa, there are no major damages, only some small rivers that flooded lower parts of the city and, in order to prevent tragedies, some houses in dangerous places have been evacuated. The president of the republic has decreed an emergency state in the north part of Honduras, while the hurricane is still stationed very near the bay islands. Finally the USA Embassy in honduras said that they have now $100,000.00 ready to use in the north part of Honduras. Carlos R. Herrera Heraldo Newspaper System Manager
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 12:07:48 -0800 From: loretta.miles (loretta.miles@mci2000.com) Subject: Re: Hurricane Mitch Amazingly I just got off the phone with Phil Stevens at the Sunset Inn and Ocean Diver's resort in West End, Roatan. West End has apparently survived with little damage - sea walls are out, the roads are awash, but all buildings are still standing. Foster's and Sueno del Mar (both on stilts over the sea) have suffered partial damage. Unfortunately the news is not as good for the east end of Roatan. Punta Gorda has been particularly hard hit with several unconfirmed deaths. The news from Guanaja is even worse. My prayers are with the islanders, in particular with my husband, Alex, and his family in Punta Gorda. I have no news of them yet.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 13:44:16 -0600 From: Ronald Janssen (scooper@hondutel.hn) Hello there I am living on the Island of Utila and it is now 13:30 local time and the breeze and rain is picking up again as well as the high tide There is no major damage on the island as well as no injuries Trees are blown away and some major erosion has occurred on the seaside of the town Ronald Janssen, Utila Bay Islands Honduras C.A.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 11:54:55 -0700 From: Jean Greatorex (jean@vena.com) Subject: Huricane Jeanne Greatorex from West Peak in Guanaja, Honduras (reporting from San Francisco, CA) This morning - Wednesday Oct 28th - I received information about Guanaja. Bayman's Bay Club reports that they are all okay. Their dock had some damage but not gone, and a few cabins were damaged. Baymans also report that the people at Posada del Sol are all okay. This information comes via Roatan Charters of Florida who were in contact with Bayman's by phone this morning.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 12:48:05 -0600 From: Elias Rodas Alvarez (rodacom@itsnetworks.net) Subject: Hurricane Mitch in Honduras Thank you very much for your answer, and concern about the situation here. As far as we know, the Bay Islands are the ones that have suffered the most from the effects of the hurricane, specially the island of Guanaja, the easternmost island, where most houses on the beach have been washed out by the sea, and a couple of refuges have come down because of the strong winds. Utila, the westernmost island, is also in a bad situation, according to the major of the island, who has mobilized people from the lower parts in the island to the higher parts. From Roatan, it is reported that 100 houses were destroyed, no deads because they had already been evacuated. Officially, there are only two dead people in the islands, but some say that may be there are more. There is no way to go to the Bay Islands, not by sea nor by air, due to the winds and the waves. Meanwhile, in the northern coast of the country, there are some accounts of bridges that have come down, and on TV we have seen that most rivers have flooded plantations and villages as well, also, that trees have been torn apart by the winds and the sea is well into land. There is no electrical energy in some places throughout the region, and communications by phone are very difficult. The place that has taken the greatest toll is the Miskito zone, where we have heard in the radio that some villages have been totally destroyed (no deads in these villages, because of early warnings), but it is feared that starvation will be the main problem in the next few days. There are accounts of about four people dead in the mainland, but may be there are more. Here in Tegucigalpa, there are no major damages, only some small rivers that flooded lower parts of the city and, in order to prevent tragedies, some houses in dangerous places have been evacuated. As I write this report, it is not raining, the sky is still overcast, but the day is much brighter than yesterday, when it rained little but very continuously. Two people died when trying to retrieve a TV antenna from the roof of their house, and hit an electric cable. Finally, the president of the republic has decreed an emergency state in the north part of Honduras, while the hurricane is still stationed very near the bay islands. We'll keep in touch!
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 10:03:22 -0700 From: Kenneth Saravanja (billsaravanja@worldnet.att.net) Subject: Hurricane Mitch Utila Honduras Update Utila Hurricane Update Wednesday 900 AM From Bill Saravanja in Orlando, Florida Spoke with Jimmy Gabourel by phone for update on conditions on the island: Strong winds and heavy rain continue to sweep in intervals (hurricane bands) across the island. High seas waves have washed across airport and the point; airport is probably damaged. Houses along the South beach received damage, however, no roofs have been blown off any houses on the island. Main street is dry except for low sections in Blue Bayou. No injuries nor fatalities reported so far. The Methodist building and the Seventh Day Adventist churches used for refugee centers. General consensus is everyone seems to be able to hold out for the duration if the storm does not get any worse than present conditions. Per radio broadcasts received from mainland Honduras, main highways and bridges are being washed out; landslides expected. This will impede supplies reaching La Ceiba for shipping to Utila. The main concern is the availability of food supplies to the island once the storm is over. Radio reports said Guanaja fatalities are from homes severely damaged in Mango Bite.
-NEWS- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 04:11:07 -0500 From: marnbek (marnbek@worldnet.att.net) Subject: Another good website to check out. Hi: This is another place that u may want to direct interested people to. www.honduras.com this are people that are in San Pedro Sua adn are actually writing as long as they are able to with constatn updates... check it out.... is actually kinda sad seeing it as been described by folks caught in the middle of it.. May God help them out !!! Sinderely Mario H.
-NEWS- Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 23:46:28 -0800 From: Luis Suarez (suarez@hondutel.hn) Subject: HURRICANE MITCH My name is Luis Suarez and I'm reporting the situation according to the several reports being filed during the day... During the hole day there have been constant showers with no electric activity... the Concepcion Damn has reached it's capacity and has begun to overflow...several landslides have been reported in several location throughout the city... according to reports, the hurricane has been stationed in the Bay Islands area since this morning.. there have been reports of a few casualties however no official reports with the number of victims.... In La Ceiba, floodings have ocurred all over town... In Tela, there are reports of heavy rain and strong winds, causing floodins all over town, many places have been evacuated already and the people have been placed in temporary shelters... In Cortes, very heavy rain and strong winds as well, the tides have risen and there are waves reaching up to 12 feet in height... according to our metereological service a cold front located to the north has begun to weaken which could mean that the hurricane may start to advance. I hope this information is of any use....

Jesse Ferrell of the Central Atlantic Storm Investigators pointed me to this website at: http://htw.marrder.com/hondo1/news.htm for more news on Honduras. Jesse also gathered some info about the hard hit, but lesser known Swan Islands -Gert

Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 22:17:32 -0700
From: Kenneth Saravanja (billsaravanja@worldnet.att.net)
Subject: Utila Hurricane Update (Bay Islands)

Bill Saravanja reporting from Orlando, Florida. 
On Tuesday 6:00PM I spoke by telephone with Jimmy Gabourel who lives on
Cola de Mico Road, Utila, adjacent to the lagoon.  Based on information
given him by locals, The Point has flooded and many buildings severely
damaged as well as docks.Water is washing over the main road.  Residents
in low-lying areas by the bay have all relocated to higher ground on the
hill.  Water in the lagoon is high and reaching the bases of some homes. 
Power and water was out, but phone lines were still working sometimes. 
They feel if the storm does not intensify beyond present conditions, they
should be able to endure the rest of the storm.

-NEWS- Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 16:01:36 -0700 From: Jean Greatorex (jean@vena.com) Subject: Hurricane Info Jeanne Greatorex from West Peak in Guanaja, Honduras (reporting from San Francisco, CA) I received information about Guanaja just now that said at 1pm on Tuesday the island of Guanaja was feeling winds of 60mph. ( measured at the resort of Bayman's Bay Club). The ocean level on Bayman's beach had risen to the tree level . Knowing that beach, I would reckon that to be about a 3 foot rise. That's all the news I have about the island. Regards, Jeanne
-NEWS- Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 16:52:31 -0600 From: Sarah Kirkconnell (curwood@email.msn.com) reporting from Houston on her homeland Subject: Mitch Hi, The latest I have is that Guanaja is being hit very hard, the town of Mangrove Bight has been wiped out, one person dead two missing, the North side of Guanaja also has lost 12 big homes, (most owned by Americans), on Roatan the eye is expected to pass over tonight at 12, the West end of Roatan has been seriously damaged, Punta Gorda on the North side has lost 15 houses so far, many roof tops are gone, the hurricane is 60 miles off the Honduras coast traveling WSW, this is extremely bad for the Islands, Roatan sits 35 to 40 miles of the Honduran coast. The south side of Roatan is just now getting the serious affects of this hurricane, high tides, waves at 20 to 22 ft, winds have been clocked at 160 MPH this afternoon at 3pm. Please be aware that none of this data has been confirmed this is just what I am getting from individuals. Sarah Kirkconnell
-NEWS- Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 13:24:45 -0600 From: Elias Rodas (rodacom@itsnetworks.net) Subject: situation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Here in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, it's been raining continuously since yesterday, not a very strong rain, but it is intermittent, with just some moments of calm, but in general the situation in the capital of the country is somewhat quiet, just the botherings caused by the rain. The rivers in the northern coasts of the country are beginning to flood, and in the newscasts from local TV, we can see that in some places of the northern coast cities are being evacuated, in order to prevent any disaster. Local schools are being used as refuges. Local authorities are taking steps to prevent disasters and have issued warnings.
-NEWS- Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 11:03:42 -0600 From: Sarah Kirkconnell (curwood@email.msn.com) reporting from Houston, Texas Subject: Hurricanes Mitch Hi, I am from the Island of Roatan (Islas de la Bahia) of the North Coast of Honduras. I can tell you as of right now, the Island of Guanaja is getting hurricane force winds and rough seas, high tides and substancial amount of rains. Roatan is getting high tides, rough seas (which are washing out roads) lots of rain, strong gusts winds (which are blowing off roof tops). It is not true that the Islands were being evacuated. Sarah Kirkconnell

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