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- Anguilla News Website
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 10:45:30 -0500 (EST)

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- Anguilla
  • From: Lynn McKamey <scubamom AT scubamom.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 14:59:58 -0600
Please post this.  I just talked to the owner of Covecastles and the
reservationist of Cinnamon Reef.

Many thanks!


Covecastles & Cinnamon Reef resorts:

Covecastles Villa Resort had no structural damage.  The tennis courts were
under 30" of water during the storm but that has now receeded.  The beach has
washed away but will return.  They plan to be ready for guests by

Cinnamon Reef lost the roof on two villas which are being replaced and the
resort should be ready for guests again by next week.

All in all, good reports on these two resorts considering the island received
the brunt of the hurricane.

- Lenny aftermath
  • From: "Roy Bosson" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 11:38:27 -0400
I have tried to answer all your email but I am inundated with hundreds and it will take days . So please read this message  and only contact me if you have an urgent situation.
The Island survived the storm
Frangipani is open
rendezvous bay is open
People with reservations at cap Juluca should contact the hotel
Some damage was sustained by Sonesta but they continue to operate and the guests tell me that the general manager was out in the storm personally delivering food and beverage to his guests.
Blue waters has some  water damage but nothing they cannot handle
The valley flooding is receding
The navy are helping out
The electric dept. has a lot of work to do but are already filing up
Cable and wireless and wireless is doing well
 Restaurants are reopening
Scilly Key
Le ducs
and most will follow
Message from Eudoxy And Sandra at Scilly Key Hello to all our friends we are Fine and we will be open on Wednesday and on Sundays untill you all come back.
Anguilla will have a tourist season this year and  most of the beautiful beaches will be even more dazzling.
I thank you all for your Concern its nice to Know that we have such a loyal following , so to all you Anguillaphiles I say Cheers and drop by for a drink on your next visit..

- Rendevous Bay Anguilla
  • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 09:10:38 -0500
I just received an email from Una Gumbs representing Rendevous Bay and the email states that Rendevous Bay is open and has sustained NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.  I again urge all to continue trying to make contact direct with the various properties of interest.  I will continue my postings as accurately as possible.  I have requested information from the tourist department in reference to all of the properties but they have not responded due to communication problems.  Stay tuned.

- Update
  • From: "Enrick Harrigan" <fharrig1 AT tampabay.rr.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 15:22:31 -0800
Anguilla has only sufferd from flooding. Stuctural wise Anguilla houses are

- Fw: Lenny aftermath.... pics in AXA
  • From: "Enrick Harrigan" <fharrig1 AT tampabay.rr.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 15:10:48 -0800

Sent: Saturday, November 20, 1999 2:08 AM
Subject: Fwd: Lenny aftermath.... pics in AXA

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  • - Radio Report from Anguilla
    • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 10:06:10 -0500
    I just received a LIVE radio report on Anguilla.  All of the major hotels have been badly damaged and the beaches as well.  Malliouhana apparently feared the best with only minor structural damage and the stand by generator under water.  They should be up and ready for the tourist season.  Rendevous Bay, Anguilla Great House, Cuisinart and Cap Juluca have sustained structural and water damages that are very severe.  Ashley's supermarket was totally flooded (10 to 11 feet of water) and therefore they have sustained millions of $ in damages to building, items, Air Conditioning ...the business.  At East End, the pond rose and there are homes there that are covered completely by water.  Some family names of these homes were mentioned in the report.  They were using boats to evaucate.  The Valley experienced the same major flooding and boats were also used.  The Bottom flooded and Sandy Ground pond burst and flowed into the sea contaminating the water there and many fishing boats were lost as a result of the pressure.  There are poles, electrical wires down so Cable TV and Electricity is out.  Telephones are working in some areas.  The British Navy is on Anguilla and are currently doing an aerial survey of the island.  Because most of the homes on Anguilla have concrete roofs, there was minimal damage to roofs on the island.  I have received lots of inquiries on Kellyvilla at Seafeathers, so to the general public, my sources tell me that it is intact...only the spouting was lost and flooding like everywhere.  It therefore has received no damage.  Anguillians are a resilient people and they have already vowed to pick up the pieces and start again.  They will rise again with friends like you all praying for them and supporting their efforts.  Again, there were no lives lost in on Anguilla.

    - News from Anguilla!
    • From: "Suzee Meehan" <smeehan AT mgrinc.com>
    • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 13:32:35 -0500
    Just got word from my husband at Malliouhana. They're safe and sound and
    trying to get things up and running again. I guess the generators at
    Malliouhana were flooded, so they still have no electricity (or phones),
    but the weather has finally lifted. He said that if you didn't know any
    better, you'd think it was just an overcast day in Anguilla.
    The damage is pretty extensive and I think people are getting pretty
    cranky without food and running water. But they're already starting to
    work on getting things up and running again.
    Only a couple of pieces of news on structural damage on the island - the
    storm tore the roofs off of the staff housing at Malliouhana and he said
    that the Pumphouse is basically an island right now with two rivers on
    either side of it.
    Not sure when they'll be able to get off the island - crossing my
    fingers they'll be back by Thanksgiving!

    - Lenny
    • From: "Roy Bosson" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
    • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 08:14:53 -0400
    Its 7.40am Friday and for some reason unknown to me we are still on the air.
    Lenny has passed its still raining with squally winds.
    I left my house at 5.45 to check on my airplane it took me almost two hours to get to Crocus bay via the airport,The valley is unpassable Ashley's store is in ten feet of water,the flood water goes all the way from Eric Rieds house at north side to the cricket ground   . At the airport two aircraft were destroyed both of them Islanders, one belonging two viecas airlink and one local, I was lucky to own an Hanger and both the planes in it were untouched. I was lucky again when I got to Roys Place I found that the structure was sound. I have decided to open tonight on a limited happy hour basis, people will need a place to meet and hot safe food. I am posting this from Crocus Bay , i am able to do this because after the damage caused by Hurricane Luis in 1995 we invested in generators for the house and the business.
    For those of you who are guests in my apartments they are fine and the beach is better than ever although a lot of the shrubbery is gone and the trees have lost branches . I will give detailed reports as I get information on the rest of the Island . Based on the flooding in the valley I would say that all low lying areas are flooded, this would include east end,Island harbor,sandy ground,west end and blowing point.
    as far as I am aware there were no injuries on Anguilla.

    - Anguilla Upte
    • From: "Myrna S. George" <smgeorge AT worldnet.att.net>
    • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 08:50:00 -0500
    I am getting direct reports from Anguilla because the telephone services still works on most of the island.  Residents in the Sandy Ground area are calling for evacuation.  The waters and rain are causing major damage in this area.  The East End area (the corn) close to the clinic is completely flooding. Residents are taking boats to get to their families and evacuate them from that area.  The Cuisinart Resort was badly damaged due to storm surges.  It is reported that one or two of the buildings shifted due to the fact that it was built on or very close to the sand.  With this storm create significant storm surges, they couldn't help but have the end result.  The Rendevous Bay is also very damaged.  Cap Juluca is totally flooded and all of the beaches mentioned above have been destroyed.  It will take some time to restore these beautiful beaches.  I have not had any reports of structural damage as yet because my sources are unable to make a complete island tour.  They are now in the eye wall and it is relatively calm.  The residents are out and about at this time trying to secure other relatives that need to be evacuated.  This is being done mainly by boat.  Anguilla's reports of St. Martin is terrible.  They are reporting structural and cosmetic problems in St. Martin.  No word on St. Barths as yet.  Will post as I am contacted from Anguilla.  

    - Lenny 6.00pm Nov 18th
    • From: "Roy & Mandy" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
    • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 18:00:06 -0500
    Well we are still with you,  thanks to the amazing effort by cable and
    wireless many phone lines are still open.
    Lenny is hitting with its full force right now about120mph we understand
    that this is now the maximum sustained wind, it is difficult to see which
    way the wind is blowing from it seems to come from all directions at the
    same time but we  are told that it will come more from the SW as the storm
    slowly moves eastward throughout the night.
    Thanks to 102.7fm SMX we have had plenty of news reports from St Maarten
    unfortunately a lot of the news is bad news.
    The wind is blasting our home and shrieking though the shutters, hopefully
    we  will see a reduction in the next few hours.
    We still have internet contact with TWC but the imformation is only 
    Have to go now Mandy says its staring to look like hurricane luis and stuff
    is starting to fly.
    Flash the govt admin office in St Maarten has just lost its roof.

    - Anguilla update
    • From: "Suzee Meehan" <smeehan AT mgrinc.com>
    • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 17:57:54 -0500
    Just wanted to let you know that I just spoke with my husband in
    Anguilla and got an update on conditions there.
    He's staying in Mead's Bay and says they're weathering the storm OK. He
    said it's REALLY intense. The rain and wind are so strong that they have
    2 inches of rain in their 2nd story room. Water is just seeping into the
    room through any itsy bitsy crack or cranny it can find. Miracle of
    miracles, the phones were working - the electricity is not. And all the
    matches are soaked, so they have no light. It sounds pretty gloomy.
    When he called, he sounded like he was on a bad cel phone connection.
    But he was on a regular phone. Apparently I sounded perfectly clear to
    him. It was just the sound of the rain and wind outside making all the
    The storm is right on top of them right now. It has been for a few
    hours. He said that he thought that it might be stalled again - or maybe
    it just seems that way.
    But everyone is fine. Just tired of the storm, and ready for it to blow
    out to sea again!

    - Lenny
    • From: "Roy & Mandy" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
    • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 12:37:49 -0500
    Hello from Anguilla.
    This may be my last report so I will try to make it accurate
    Wind is from  ne to se around 100mph the center is very close to SMX we
    expect the full force in the next hour or two.
    Cap Juluca evacuated its guests and there are reports of damage from the
    western side of the island.
    I just returned from Crocus bay my restaurant is ok so far but the wind is
    strenghening and the electric poles are beggining to lean to the west,this
    will worsen as the ground gets saturated and when the wind veers to the
    west I imagine lots of them will fall. So far some tree branches and some
    telephone wires are down.
    Reports from SMX tell of 15 foot swells hammering great bay
    Most phones are out so I guess we will go soon although our cell phone is
    still working ok 1 264 235 6248 land line is 1264 497 5242.
    Once again thanks for your concern.
    On a lighter note despite the storm Roys Place is still planning its Friday
    night Happy Hour menu.
    Hows that for optimism.
    Email subscribe to join the list.

    - Lenny
    • From: "Roy & Mandy" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
    • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 07:56:48 -0500
    Good morning
    We thought we had slept through the storm but we were wrong,it appears to
    be stalled,the winds are out of the SE  I would have to guess that they are
    up to about 90 at this time[8.00am] 1600z,we took a drive around and so far
    there appears to be little damage,at least the airport,the valley and
    Crocus bay are ok for the time being.
    I have been running on the generator since about 8.00pm last night so I
    will be able to maintain these postings as long as the phone lines hold.
    Thank you to all those people who have sent messages of encouragement, We
    really do appreciate it.

    - Lenny
    • From: "Roy Bosson" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 17:52:08 -0400
    This may be my last chance at contact, its 5.30 PM Wednesday Nov 17th conditions are very bad, torrential downpour, winds are tropical storm force gusting to hurricane force and increasing rapidly,darkness came  an hour and a half early.The sea continues to rise , we expect it to get much worse before it gets better.I am switching off now,I will try to post again at 6am .

    - Lenny
    • From: "Roy Bosson" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
    • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 10:43:28 -0400
    Hello from Anguilla.
    It is 10.15 am Wednesday Nov 17th. So far we have had two hours of heavy rain with thunderstorms and moderate winds from the southeast.However the beaches on the south west side of the Island are already suffering and a surf has started to push onto the north western beaches I would say the water level has risen two feet and still rising.
    We will try to report in at around 6pm, for now we are still boarding up our sliding glass doors.

    - Lenny
    • From: "Roy Bosson" <royboss1 AT anguillanet.com>
    • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 17:18:41 -0400
    For all of you guys wondering about Anguilla. The sky is overcast and the wind is from the southeast with occasional showers the time is 2100 Z or 5pm local  Tuesday Nov 16th, we dont know what to expect but we hope for the best, as usual. We do know that if we are the target we can expect trouble on Wednesday night.
    Good luck to all the other Islands in the track of Lenny.

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