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- - Barbados - -

- Lenny
  • From: Andrew Green <ochiboy AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 04:09:51 -0800 (PST)
Hey, Lenny is a spent force wobbling off into the
Atlantic, right?
So how come it is still eating away at Barbados
About half the magnificent beach at Carlisle Bay is
gone and the erosion forces still seem to be winning
the game at several other beaches. Not all beaches
have been affected, but this hurricane has changed the
face of the island.
Barbadians I spoke to seemed relaxed about the
changes, but I find it astonishing. I read that a
century ago there was no beach at Carlisle Bay. It is
something else the see history begin repeating itself.
The general view here is that the beach will begin to
rebuild itself once the effects of Lenny wear off.
Sounds logical.
I think that people have underestimated the damage
Lenny has caused however. Where one of the island's
most impressive assets is damaged, even temporarily,
there will be commercial and other implications. 
Andrew Green
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- Lenny's scouring action
  • From: Andrew Green <ochiboy AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:30:10 -0800 (PST)
Compared to some of the other eastern Caribbean
islands, Barbados got off lightly. But rough seas
still managed to take a gentle bite out of the
coastline of the Barbados west coast. Several
properties were damaged and beaches eroded by wave
action over the last two days. Carlisle Bay, with one
of the island's best swimming beaches, became a
surfer's paradise yesterday with swimmers scared off
by the high waves. Things have calmed down since and
the swimmers were back in the water this morning,
though the waves were still higher than normal.
Andrew Green
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- Lenny preparations
  • From: Andrew Green <ochiboy AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 16:31:12 -0800 (PST)
Barbados is way out in the Atlantic and conditions are
good right now with a calm, just slightly overcast
night. So what does this have to do with Lenny?
The problem for Barbados is the rough seas associated
with the hurricane which have caused massive coastal
damage as far south as Colombia, Aruba, Curacao and
Thus, fishing vessel owners in Barbados have been
officially advised to seek safe harbour as the nasty
weather system associated with Lenny tracks ever
further eastward. The Government Information Service
states that swells could reach as high as 15 feet
above normal in Barbados.
Vessels moored along the west and south coasts are
said to be in the greatest danger.
There is absolutely no sense of alarm in Barbados
since Lenny is seen to be something quite distant from
The Windwards did not have time to digest the
information about coastal damage coming out of the
southern Dutch ABC islands before they too were hit.
With more lead time, I hope Barbadians will be able to
take the necessary measures.
Andrew Green 


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- Jose
  • From: Andrew Green <ochiboy AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 08:11:10 -0700 (PDT)
Barbados dodges another storm.
Fears about flooding associated with Jose have been
alleviated. There has been some rain and land slippage
but Barbados is OK.
Skies still overcast this morning but basically it is
No Problem.
Andrew Green


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- Jose
  • From: RoseMarie Yallop <roseroy AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 17:34:39 -0300
Hi Gert, once more we have been very lucky and another hurricane has
passed us by. Everyone has been waiting but preparing in case this one
turned toward us. It has been that close.
The Super Markets and hardware stores have been busy since yesterday,
but many other  businesses have been closed, and most of the schools,
not knowing what the day would bring. This morning was a beautiful sunny
day, but from 2.00 P.M.  the skies have been black, the seas very rough,
the rumbelings of thunder, and the rain has started. So far it is not
very heavy rain, which is good news as much of the island floods. I live
on the West Coast of the island on a hill overlooking Holetown. This
side of the island always floods.  We do expect a bad night.
Right now there is very little traffic on the roads, most people will
stay put at home.
Many of our houses are built  of concrete bricks or Coral stone blocks
to withstand hurricanes, but there are quite a few charming  wooden
houses  called Chattel Houses and these would not survive the heavy
Now we are thinking of the neighbouring islands and hope that they will
be lucky too.
Rose Marie

- Jose
  • From: Andrew Green <ochiboy AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 13:43:09 -0700 (PDT)

I am in the south of the island, near Bridgetown and
in this area we have been spared any serious storm
activity so far.
Many people prepared for the storm, buying gas,
flashlights and extra food yesterday. The big retail
businesses in Bridgetown, apart from hardware stores,
were closed today. Schools were closed, including the
University of the West Indies.
Telephone circuits were jammed last night as pople
called each other. But the mood is calm now as the
news came out that the storm would pass north of us. 
But Barbados is a relatively low, flat island with
clay soils and the great fear from the experts is over
flooding. It was estimated yesterday that Jose would
bring about three inches of rain: not impressive by
some peoples' standards, but still cause for worry
The morning was bright with some cloudyness, but by
mid-day a dark mass of clouds became visible out to
sea. That has since enveloped us.
Actually, I just noticed that it has started to rain.
If we get that three inches of rain over the next few
hours, many will not be able to sleep in their own
beds tonight. 
I don't expect to be personally affected.
Andrew Green


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- Waiting
  • From: "Sacha Gollop" <sagollop AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 06:35:39 PDT
Hey, Gert!
There isn't much we can do here except wait and see what the next few hours 
bring.  Small preparations are being made, and life is going on as normal.  
All we can do is watch and wait, tuning into the news to keep updated on the 

Sacha Gollop

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- Tropical Storm jose
  • From: RoseMarie Yallop <roseroy AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 06:58:14 -0300
Hi Gert,   BARBADOS IS WAITING,  but it is business as usual. We are all
listening to the radio broadcasts which are taken from information from
the National Hurricane Centre in Miami.  Yes there will be some
preperation, but everyone is very hopefull that we will not have more
than heavy rain, which has always been the case for us.

We will know more by tonight!!!

Rose Marie

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