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- calm on the Northside
  • From: "Michelle M. Miller" <mmmiller AT well.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 11:17:05 -0500
We have a small amount of rain, but virtually no wind or waves.  The 
water is flat except for the usual small ruffle over the reef. 

We'll drive around and see if anyone up here has made any storm 

- Update
  • From: "Bev Banks" <bevbanks AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 10:34:50 -0500
10 am 2 November 2001, West Bay
So far so good. the swell is definitely coming from the SW now and the big question is how much bigger will it get as a result of Michelle strengthening and stalling. On the rather basic assumption that the swells are propagating outward at 25 mph from the eye, which is 200 miles away, we are looking at about an 8 hour lag time. On the above basis, we should be seeing swell generated SW of here, by a 110-115mph system. Over the rest of today, the swell will presumably get bigger to reflect Michelle's present strength of 135 mph as of 10am. while moving to a position more W and later WNW of us. Based on first hand reports, there doesn't appear to be any serious overwash on the 7 Mile Beach area so far, and West Bay Road, while a bit wet, is still drivable (as of 9:30am).
At my house near the Turtle Farm, the sea has come up into my yard as expected. Nothing worse than a strong cold front so far, but obviously there is a lot of upside potential for the swell to get bigger, and as Michelle passes to the N, the direction will become more and more stright in rather than at a glancing angle. The wind is still no factor, in the 15-20 mph range out of the SE The rain is on and off and I don't think that there should be any major street flooding as a result of today's rains. Looking at the satellite pictures I suspect that we may get more rain out of the system once she moves north of us and the wind pulls around into the  S and SW.
Frank Banks

- storm
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Nov 01 08:37:18 -0500
Saturday - 8:30 am
It seems to have been lightly raining all nite. At the present time it is 
raining hard with a big black cloud coming in from the se/s. Winds are 
still light. On a drive this morning the roads from where I live near the 
Harbour House Marina out to the main road are very flooded. In Georgetown 
there are rocks on Harbour Drive indicating that the wave action was high 
last nite - probably due to a high tide. The waves are pounding the shore 
in George Town. Did not get up 7 Mile Beach. It is very overcast this 
morning and again raining steadly. But again at the present time no wind 
action. I am going to try to make it to work, near the airport this 
morning, but with the roads out of here so flooded I will need a truck!
Until later

- Saturday morning update
  • From: "Barbara Currie Dailey" <bcurrie AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 08:37:36 -0500
It's 8:20 a.m. here on Grand Cayman and raining again and many of us are really anxious for information. We had a brief respite between midnight and 4 a.m., when another bad squall blew threw adding another half inch of rain. Our rain guage here on Crewe Rd. east, just south of the aiport, showed 3 inches in the last 24 hours...and no one here is giving out any information or predictions of how much more rain we can expect. Two days ago, it was "another inch or two." Michelle now so much closer and stronger and family from Florida called to saw the weather reports up there are claiming Cayman can expect 10 or more inches TODAY??? With the latest report that Michelle is now drifting is frightening news. This is a very dangerous storm and unpredictable in its present location.I agree with Frank's earlier report--people are not taking this storm seriously here. I had someone laugh at me in Foster's this morning when I was stocking up on bottled water. Sorry folks, we still use a cistern with an electric pump. If the power goes, I'm not a frog--I like some fresh water in spite of the standing water out back.
Before this current downpour, I drove into George Town, about an hour ago. Crewe Road between Palm Dale and the airport is getting worse because the road work underway and temporary surface has washed away in many places, leaving bad potholes filled with water----very deceptive.
For anyu Grand Cayman residents reading these reports, please be aware that very strong surge and wave action on the west coast and beach areas is creating hazardous driving along the waterfront right now. I would strongly advise that anyone on Grand Cayman avoid N. Church Street between Eden Roc dive center and the Rackham's Pub. I am surprised they haven't closed Harbour Drive in town, as the dangerous wave action is tossing large rocks and debris across the road---I had to swerve in my Jeep cherokee to avoid flying rocks when a wave crashed over the breakwater. Smaller cars are even more vulnerable. There is significant road flooding by the Airport Post office, in front of the Westin, and on south Walker's Rd. past Webster Estate so drive carefully.
I am going to jump in the Jeep and go over the Met office and see if I can scare myself even more by getting some accurate visuals and their ideas about rainfall.
Barbara Dailey

- Update
  • From: "Bev Banks" <bevbanks AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 03:31:39 -0500
West Bay, 3am, 3rd November 2001
I went to bed at about 11:00 and noticed what looked to be a straight west motion of Michelle's eye on the 1km mysat for Cayman. Thought it might just be a jump in the satellite loop. I note from the 1am NHC   Intermediate Advisory that the position was fixed at 18.8 N  84.3 W  vs 18.8 N and 84.0 W of  10 pm. Advisory.  I note the NHC says that this is just a wobble and that they expect a N motion to resume. As nice as it is to see her moving directly away from us, (even if it is just a wobble) when you're this close to a strong Cat 3 moving a a snail's pace, it is a bit of a concern to see a sharp (unpredicted) motion of any kind. As can be seen from the Satellite pix, Cayman is just outside the NE edge of that big ball of spinning colour enhanced cloud tops and it wouldn't take much of a turn to the E to bring us into the storm. (about 6 hours based on the current 145mile tropical storm  force windfield). Needless to say, I will be staying up to see what the 4 am report says.
Conditions wise, the wind remains light out of the E-SE, with a large S ground swell.  There didn't appear to be any overwash on West Bay Road last night when I was on the way home, but that was 8 hours ago. The swell hitting the rocks outside my back door doesn't seem to have gotten any bigger since I got home last night.  But as Michelle has gone from 85mph to 120mph since then, I can only assume that there is some larger swell en route which will start arriving during the early morning hours. I am sure Lisa at Ocean Club has some interesting commetns on how the South Coast is holding up.

- update from the Northside
  • From: "Michelle M. Miller" <mmmiller AT well.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 23:49:20 -0500
Up on the Northside, we had bad weather from last Saturday afternoon 
until Wednesday.  The tide was up so high that we lost our beach plants 
(that had been well above high tide).  All sorts of junk arrived on the 
beach (shoes, wood, cans, trash).

Yesterday and today, the water on the Northside was calm enough to 

Without suspecting much, we drove into town this evening.  Big mistake.  
It was raining hard, visibility was poor, and parts of the road were 
flooded.  At least the gym wasn't crowded :-)  

I'm glad that Frank posted.  It is an eye opener.

Even with the heavy rain in town, we hadn't realized that Hurricane 
Michelle was as big of a threat as it is.  Most things here are life as 
usual : the turtle release went on, the triathelon hadn't been canceled, 
Kirks had the normal amount of people for a Friday night, etc.

It is still calm on the Northside. It is not raining and there is only a 
gentle breeze.  The weather is very misleading.  From here, one wouldn't 
suspect that a dangerous hurricane is close by.

- storm
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 01 22:55:54 -0500
Friday - 10:45 pm
Our e-mail server here on the island must have been having problems, as I 
could not receive any or send any messages. It just started working now.
Just to let you know the conditions. As previously report at about 6 pm 
the sky opened and for about it seems 2 hours it poured - I was stuck in 
my office unwilling to go out and get soaked as an umbrella would not 
work. I waited for a little break, but it did not happen so I got wet. 
But then it stopped and since then it has been, in my area, calm. No rain 
or maybe a light drizzle the wind picks up and then dies down. Maybe we 
are not in for all the rain that they thought we were. But we still have 
several hours or days left. But I really do believe that 7 Mile Beach is 
in for some serious waves. We will know more tomorrow. Lisa on the south 
coast told me earlier that the wind is really blowing over there, since 
she is right on the ocean. I am inland, so can not feel the breeze like 
she can.
So that is all for now and hopefully we will be able to access e-mail 
tomorrow and do some serious reporting. Good nite.

- Update
  • From: Frank Banks <FBanks AT walkers.com.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 18:37:13 -0500
6pm 2nd Nov, George Town, Grand Cayman

I read with interest the latest comments from"decarde" and I couldn't agree
more. I have noted with deep concern the exact same comments in the NHC
DISCUSSIONS, and I think it is amazing that we are not under at least a
Hurricane Watch, if not a Hurricane Warning.  Michelle is EXPECTED to turn
to the NE and if it isn't going to pass our latitude for another 36 hours,
we will continue to be at risk of a direct hit if Michelle turns sooner than
the Official forecast.(But in line with the AVN model)

I can tell you for a fact, that the general population on this island right
now is NOT as concerned as they should be, and there is nothing close to the
type of preparations that were made 4 weeks ago when we were under a
Hurricane Warning for Iris. I see virtually no boarding up of windows and
some people think it has already passed us!

Iris didn't do what the forecaster's said, it didn't hit us, it missed by
150 miles! With the greatest of respect to the NHC, they did a great job
with Iris, as their 72 hour forecast had Iris turning from the WNW to the W
and the possibility of it tracking S of due west was raised in the
DISCUSSION. The NHC called it almost perfectly, as Iris did turn W and then
S of due W, she just turned at 17N rather than at 19 N, sparing both Cayman
and Jamaica. I don't think the NHC will be surprised if Michelle were to
follow the AVN track, but I can tell you that a lot of people on this island
will be.

Enough opinion, here are the facts:

We have had off and on rain throughout the day, with nothingreally  in the
way of high winds, probably 25-30 max (if that) with most of the time in the
12-15mph range. Right now it is raining steadily, and the winds look to be
about 15mph. The big effect so far is the surf which has come up in George
Town as well as West Bay, I drove home at about 2pm and came back to town at
4. The tide was low at 1:30 and there was clear evidence of overwash on West
Bay Road even then,so I would imagine that when I go home in about an hour
there will be seawater flowing freely across West Bay Road along the narrow
stretch north of Public Beach (near the new Holiday Inn). In the mid 90's
the beach in that area was so eroded that people were writing to the local
newspaper  saying that Government needed to do something before West Bay
Road fell into the sea. In 1998, Mitch added about 100 feet of width to the
beach in that area, such that the new Holiday Inn built a beach bar on it,
and a wealthy American developer is planning on building multi million
dollar houses on it. It will be "interesting" to see what happens to that
area after Michell is through. 

As I write this, Michelle looks to be winding up to  115mph plus, as the
satellite pix, to me, look a lot better than 85mph which is the official
speed.  If she does become a major hurricane and even if she stays 150 mile
away, I would anticipate some  flooding across low lying areas of the South
and Westen facing shorelines of this island. As I live on the sea just south
of the Turtle Farm and my place faces almost due west, I am as much at risk
as anyone.. At 3pm when I was home, the swells were just starting to run up
the shoreline in front of my place, crashing on the rocks and surging about
1/2 way up to my yard. That isn't at all unusual, as it is common for cold
fronts to push water into the yard once or twice a winter, as did Mitch in
1998. The big difference between Mitch and Michelle is that Mitch sent in
just a south swell, (which only gave the Western facing shorelines a
glancing blow) while Michelle, if she passes W of us on her way to the N,
will kick in a swell that will veer to the SW, W and then NW, giving full
range of swell angles, including straight on. I for one am not looking
forward to being homeless, but that is a real possibility if Michelle pushes
in the size of swell which Mitch did. Just a quarter of a mile from my house
(but facing S, and thus taking the full impact) several Condos were gutted
by Mitch. Let's hope for the best. I will keep in touch over the next few

Frank Banks

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- RE: Michelle, Cayman Islands
  • From: "decarde" <decarde AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 15:11:43 -0500

Hi and ALERT !

I have years studying the discussions and not the advisories from the
National Hurricane center. Michelle is no joke for the Cayman Islands and we
should be more interested in it. It could become an unpleasant surprise. We
have a 50% chance of getting strike by the eye of Michelle, an extremely
dangerous hurricane as the National Hurricane Center says.  Read the
following lines and judge for yourself:

        HOME    ARCHIVES        FORECASTS       IMAGERY ABOUT TPC       

   Public Advisory    Forecast/Advisory    Discussion    Probabilities
Graphics    Update    Help

WTNT45 KNHC 021459
10 AM EST FRI NOV 02 2001



 Grand Cayman).





Now, if Michelle does a turn to the east as the AVN MODEL predicts,
we will have it on top of us in approximately 180 miles /6 mph = 30 HOURS
so this should be a "HURRICANE WARNING status " and not a silly "tropical
Storm Watch" our government issued at 12 pm.

If Michelle accelerates speed (as it is predicted if it turns East because
of easterly winds from Mexico, then it would be just a matter of hours,
and then pray and "God help us".

- Storm Michelle Update....2:45
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 14:43:47 -0800
Hi Everyone.........
Yeah we are well.................drenched is probably even putting it mildly..... it has been raining here forever alittle over a week - enough already! the plant are sure loving it thou. Well this Michelle she has us all paying attention, one minute she is just brushing us by the next she is slowing, hovering so to speak, we are all waiting and watching, wondering if she is going to moving along to Cuba or give us some of her gusto! We have guests here visiting from Chicago, they came sat. and it has rained everyday, and they leave tommorrow...will be a bumpy ride for them.
We, will keep you informed as to our weather. The sea surge here at Ocean Club is incredibly high, waves are 5-6 ft, wind gusts, rain...high tide is not until 6:45 or so i do believe we will be getting water over the seawall. we'll keep ya posted.
Lisa, Ocean Club
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- Michelle, Cayman Islands
  • From: "decarde" <decarde AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 13:01:57 -0500

It as been raining for 5  days now. Today we have furious rainfall, very
windy, ocean waves battering seawall at my home, and I am worried because
this should not be called a "Tropical storm Watch" by our government, but a
"Hurricane Watch or even a Hurricane Warning". We have a potentially
dangerous hurricane 190 miles from here, with a 50% chance of heading this
way (right on top of us) according to the discussions of  the NHC of Miami,
and this government is just probably watching the "weather channel" instead.


  • From: "Carol G. Busby" <cbusby AT hauntruck.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 09:22:38 -0500


- Update
  • From: Frank Banks <FBanks AT walkers.com.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 08:49:32 -0500
8:30 am Friday 2nd November. 

 A bit of a squall just blew through George Town, but it lasted only about
20 minutes, the wind gusted to about 20mph, but it is back down to about
10mph now. The  seas have come up dramatically since yesterday evening, and
there are breaking waves on 7 Mile Beach. Not huge, but in the 6-8 foot
range. As the swell is coming from the south, it is much rougher on the
northern end of the beach, while George Town harbour is still relatively
calm.  Although things were quite calm last night on the NW end of the
island where I live (West Bay), I have had reports of a strong squall which
blew in overnight in the George Town area (about 10 miles south to the
south.   Last night and up until about 15 minutes ago, the skies were clear
enough to let the moon/sun peek through, but looking at the satellite
picture, it appears that the CDO is spreading very close to us, although
what we are having right now is probably just a rain band.  As far as I
know, we are still not under a warning or watch, which I think is a bit
wacky, since the centre of Michelle could be over us in less than 12 hours
if it were to start moving at 10 miles an hour to the NE. I assume that the
National Hurricane Committee will issue watches/warnings  later this

Even if Michelle follows the forecast track and stays 150 miles or so to the
west of Grand Cayman, there is likely to be overwash on the West Bay Road
which runs the length of 7 Mile Beach. This is the only road between West
Bay and George Town, and it is vulnerable to flooding in high seas,
particularly at the stretch just north of the public beach area, where the
road is only 75-100 feet from the water with an elevation of no more than 3
or 4 feet. During Hurricane Mitch in1998 this area went under water for
several hours, and there was 3 feet of sand piled up on the road afterward.
The only reason West Bay wasn't completely cut off from Town, was because it
was possible to detour through the Governor's Harbour area, which, by sheer
chance, provides the only section of roadway which is parallel to West Bay
Road. If Michelle intensifies and/or moves closer, there is a good chance
the road will be impassable. In fact, this could happen simply as a function
of the swell direction as Michelle passes to our west and the swell starts
coming from a more westerly direction, i.e. hitting the beach more straight
on rather than at an angle.

So far so good, but Michelle is a real concern to Grand Cayman and will
continue to be for at least the next 48 hours. It is to the SW of us and it
is too close and moving too slow, with the forecast being for it to turn to
the NE after it passes by us. As we all know, forecasting is an art, not a
science, and Michelle could well turn NE before it passes us so we will not
be out of the woods until it is at least to  20N, which, at the rate she is
moving at present, will not be until Sunday. 
Frank Banks

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- storm
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Nov 01 20:10:11 -0500
Thursday - 8 pm
Well the afternoon today brought some sun and a little rain. We were 
really surprized at the sun. But hope started to fade about 4 pm when the 
clouds started to roll in and started to lightly rain. It has been 
raining off and on since then, sometime harder than others - but all in 
all it is still calm winds and light rain. Since last Friday we have had 
8 inches of rain. They say in Cayman Brac many homes have water in their 
yards and much more will bring it inside. The weather people here are 
saying the storm will pass west of us tomorrow sometime and we are to 
expect some heavy rains and winds. The south coast and especially the 
west coast (7 Mile Beach) should expect rough wave action as the storm 
passes and after it passes. So those people are on the alert. Otherwise 
for a storm that is so close to us it seems to calm, compared with the 
winds and rain we had earlier this week. We will see what this evening 
and tomorrow brings and will let you all know.

- storm
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Nov 01 13:00:45 -0700
Thursday 1:00pm

At noon I was so happy and was going to write to say "The sun is out and 
it is not raining". But thought that might be a little misleading of me 
and decided to wait. Good thing I did, as it is now 1 pm and it has 
started to rain and seems the wind is picking up. We are still hoping 
that she does her north/northwestery track which they are saying would 
give us some more rain and wind. So time will tell. But we all enjoyed 
the brief sunshine at noon today. More later

- storm
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Nov 01 09:56:13 -0700
Thursday morning
Boy this weather is strange. Last weekend and the first of this week the 
weather was worse than what we have now. Yesterday it rained but just 
lightly but all day and there seemed to be hardly any wind. Last nite it 
was so calm and I believe that it lightly rained all nite. You could even 
see the moon last nite!!! This morning of course it is overcast and 
lightly raining and again the wind is light. THe storm is to pass 200 
miles west of us later this evening or tomorrow morning. No storm 
warnings up for us as yet.
More later

- rain
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Oct 01 12:16:03 -0700
The noon weather report on the radio says - that the present temp. is 78 
degrees (hoping that it gets up to 83 degrees) and the wind is out of the 
NE 20k, over cast with scattered showers and possible thunder with the 
winds higher in shower squals. Weather will be the same through Friday 
although the winds will shift coming from the South.


- raining still
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Oct 01 10:48:26 -0700
Wednesday morning

Well yesterday it still rained but only in spurts. In the evening the 
wind seemed to die down and it seemed to have lightly rained over nite. 
This morning it is still raining and the wind is not as gustly as days 
before. But that could change at any moment. May roads and yards are 
flooded, but no real problems. Except for the tourists visiting - no 
So... still raining and very overcast of course!

More later

- still raining
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Oct 01 09:42:15 -0700
Tuesday morning
Yesterday it rained most of the morning with very brisk winds - in the 
late afternoon the rain seemed to settle down but the wind was whipping! 
At some times it was gusting to 40 mph. Sitting in my office looking out 
the window I could see the trees and bushes bending over, but the shock 
was when I got home to see and HEAR the sea pine trees whistling in the 
very brisk winds and gusts. Over nite the wind seemed to have died down 
and I do not think it rained much. But this morning the wind is up again 
and it is threating to rain, although it is sprinkling. So today it seems 
much like yesterday!...and probably days to come.
I'll keep you informed

- rainingggggg
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 01 08:51:15 -0700
Monday morning and it is still raining. Although last nite it was calm 
and not much rain at all. BUT this morning the wind is gusting and of 
course it is raining. There is some flooding but I do not think anything 
major. Seems business as usual this morning and if you have to go outside 
you need to time it correctly because an umbrella will not help you! The 
outlook is not good - looks like we are in for this for a few more days.  
When I hear the wind speed/gusts and rain fall amounts, I will report.

Soaking wet,

- raining
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Oct 01 13:53:49 -0500
It you are looking and hearing about rain in the NW caribbean - believe 
me it is true. We will soon need to build an ARK! It rained on Friday a 
little and all day Saturday - last nite it was just a drizzle. This early 
morning Sunday the sun was actually out - but not for long. It is now 2 
pm and it has been raining since morning, heavy and very windy at times. 
Not really any thunder or lighting with these showers. Our Islands 
festivale "Pirates Week" started on Friday nite with fireworks, just made 
it with out rain. The Pirates Landing on Sat. afternoon - these are truly 
Pirates, they landed in the pouring rain and we had a lot of supporters 
on shore watching with their rain jackets, umbrellas and a few with their 
bathing suits on! Anyway they say we are in for this rain for a couple 
and days, I hope we stay afloat. No major flooding that I have heard of. 
Luckly it is the weekend and we do not have to travel to work etc. If any 
major problems that I hear of I will report!

Truly soaked,

- iris
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 08:57:03 -0700
Hi Guys
sorry i wasnt able to continue my report last night. Computer troubles. Anyway we here are all fine. The storm did start as i reported at around 9pm and carried on through 2:30 am winds howling, trees being harshly blow and strong rainfall. People were out at 9 further securing their plywood as it was making quite a racket over here winds and all.  West Bay was receiving gale winds and heavy rainfall havent heard from anyone over there yet this am. Chat this am seems to be that we will all be leaving our plywood up until we know more about jeri....................when i get further reports i will update you. again my apologies...........cant help the computer thing thou! stay tuned 
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- iris
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 21:55:51 -0700
10 pm Update
well guys.............she's kicking at us! Went out to the ocean for a brief moment as we are experiencing high winds and rain. We have 3-5' waves rolling in.................looks much like the early stages of when chantel hit us here on the south side of the island. not good. but.......perhaps we'll just have to see. I will update you again as we move through this. very very windy........rain........etc.
stay tuned
Lisa   0:*)
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- iris
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 21:28:18 -0700
9pm report
hi everyone
well it has started here...just within the last 15 mins. we now have rains and heavy wins............the plywood is a rattling. want to go check out the ocean but.........we'll see. will update you as we move through this.............whistling winds for sure.
stay tuned
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- Iris preparations
  • From: "Michelle M. Miller" <mmmiller AT well.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 17:39:05 -0500
Up here on the Northside, people aren't taking Iris too seriously.  Storm 
shutters were up at the government buildings, but very few people have 
them up.  The company that puts up storm shutters here (for those with 
second story windows) felt that it wasn't enough of a threat to put them 
up on the Northside.

We dropped the Northside shelter after it opened.  It holds 140 people, 
but there were less than 10.  More may turn up, but it didn't look too 
likely.  Some Northsiders are filling up buckets of water to flush their 
toilets, just in case the power goes out.

The birds must know that something is up.  We've had a definite shortage 
of birds today.

- Iris
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 15:57:10 -0700
4:00 Update
Hi Guys...thought i'd wait til 4 or 5 to report further. Nothing really happening here. Slight breeze, waves have picked up a bit but nothing substantial. Sunny day, casuarina pine trees swaying alittle but believe me............its a great day. some dark clouds out there but no rain. People are bustling around their homes but everyone is as prepared as we can get i would say. It is quiet for now. As i said earlier.............perhaps,,,,,,,just perhaps we might get lucky. Stay tuned watch that Jeri guy..........................could cause us some trouble.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- Iris
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 01 11:49:55 -0400
11:45  Sun

As Lisa said from here drive around - people are getting prepared. I took 
a drive this morning at 9 am - so many people on the road. It is still 
sunny and the wind has picked up a bit - but do not know if this is from 
Iris. At least it makes it not so hot in getting the house and yard 
prepared. Looks like all boaters are getting their boats out of the water 
or securing them. My personal opinion (and believe me it could be wrong) 
that Iris will pass south of us and we will get some tropical strom 
winds. It is the rain and tides that bother me since I live on a canal. 
But we will see. I believe that the island is getting prepared for the 
worse. And of course Jerry is on its way so......
More later

- Iris 11:30 update
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 11:37:23 -0700
11:30 Report
well..............still a beautiful day in Cayman. Took a drive around to check out the prepartions in progress..................everyone still busily getting ready. I noticed that the westshore shopping centre i reported earlier as being completely boarded is only 1/2 boarded up so just a small correction on that report. Government buildings have their hurrican shutters up at this point. They are keeping us informed via radio updates and have asked all residents of west bay to have some sort of game plan in place should and i repeat should they need to evacuate people from that side of the island. I repeat they are only asking residents to make alternate plans for accommodations should the need arise. Things are quiet on 7 mile beach..................people are still scurrying around the grocery stores as well as the hardware stores. They are telling us to expect gale force winds and perhaps we will get lucky with just a brush by us however all are preparing for the eventuality of it hitting.
thats all for now. Stay tuned 0:*)
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 09:24:24 -0700
9:21 am Report
Good Morning. What a beautiful morning here.......however, everyone is busy boarding up. Alot of concern here on one hand because of Iris on the other worry about Jeri. Alot of boarding up today...............supermarkets and hardware stores like AL THompsons & Cox are open so that they can accommodate everyone's plywood needs. Government is busy working on their buildings. Extra flights are being flown to evacuate the tourists.
A small breeze is blowing and the see is ever soooooooo calm we'll see how long that lasts............with Chantel the sea was so calm and within an hour it was raging. More news later.
busy boarding up my apartment as are most of the ocean club complex folks.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- Iris
  • From: "Michelle M. Miller" <mmmiller AT well.com>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 23:18:52 -0500
Up on the Northside, not much is happening at all.  In town, the markets 
are packed.  A lot of hurricane shutters in town are up, but I didn't see 
any on the Northside. Ours are going up tomorrow.

Kirks is opening up on Sunday (unheard of) to help people get supplies.  
Seven Mile Beach is being evacuated : Cayman Air is flying 3 extra 
flights tonight.

People with pets are having a hard time.  Those who leave normally get 
export certificates from the Dept of Agriculture.  There wasn't time for 
this storm to do that since no one expected a problem last Friday.  
Friends are asking friends to take in their pets, and most are reluctant 
because they have their own problems to deal with. 

If you walked outside, you'd never know that a storm is near.  In fact, I 
went swimming in the sea this afternoon and it was calm and relatively 

- Iris
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 22:10:06 -0700
Cayman Report 10:06 pm
Well.....the calm before the storm....everyone has been busy here. Was out and about in the early evening......grocery stores well..........they are packed! Not surprising everyone in high gear of preparedness. Saw an entire shopping centre (westshore) completely boarded up, as well as a few stores. Government buildings are being done in the morning they have already asked gov. employees to report in the morning. Was a nice day here all in all.........you'd never know a storm was brewing, light breeze & sunny, seas are calm.
will report more in the a.m.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- 1:30 Report
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 13:41:34 -0700
Cayman 1:30 pm Report
Hi Guys
just checking in. Been very busy removing movable objects outside the apt. in preparation for Iris. Sooooooo tired. We have now had letters attached to all doors here at Ocean Club letting us know that "a hurricane watch/warning has been issued for the Cayman Islands as of 10 am this morning (sat). The coordinates we have been given for the storm at this time are North 16.7 degrees and West 71.2 degrees and is moving WNW at 16 mps with 65mph winds. Iris is expected to intensify to hurricane force (75-90 mph winds) later today and to pass 50 miles south of Cayman Brac, Sunday, at 5 pm and to pass 10 miles South of Grand Cayman at 1:00 am Monday." They are warning us "winds are likely to be have much more strength than hurricanes Mitch or Chantel" they say. So i thought i would pass this letter and its contents on to all of you.
I also took a drive to the Red Cross to drop off some donations and they are open with the warning/watch also posted on their door listing things we should all be doing as far as exterior and interior prep. for the storm.
while driving i noticed lots of plywood moving along..soooooooooo
will keep you updated. Here at Ocean Club things have been very busy for eveyone as the storm may hit the south side, us, and after Chantel's damage we would all like to be as prepared as possible. The management here are busy removing all tables, chairs etc. from the pool areas and the beach/ironshore area as well as helping with plywood. I will keep you posted as it comes to us.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- iris
  • From: Donna <fishing AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 01 12:43:24 -0600
Here in the Cayman Islands we are under storm watch. I have been to the 
grocery store and around town this morning (Sat.). Not much activity. I 
guess everyone is waiting to see what happens later today. Although we 
seem to be in the path - you just never know what will happen. I know 
that I will be putting up my shutters this afternoon. I believe everyone 
is hoping that it passes to the north of us and that the winds will not 
be to strong.
I would think that when we get some reports from our neighbours to the 
east - Jamaica - we will then decide.
Otherwise today is very sunny and hot and a nice breeze is blowing. You 
would not even think anything was even brewing!
More later

- Iris
  • From: Stephanie Dailey <tdailey AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 22:49:17 -0500
Hey There:

As a Cayman resident, thought I would kick in 2c worth...  Thus far not
a word locally...  Those in the know are watching, but cautiously
optimistic that it will slide by...  I say "in the know" as those that
do know are aware how these can change.  Chantal put us on alert and
then was a blowout...  Unfortunately, some may be laid back in the
future...  Will keep you posted if you need.


- Hi Everyone
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 17:45:11 -0700
Hi Everyone...................
we are waiting and watching............nothing is really being said or done as yet however, i have a strong feeling after tonights weather channel report some sleeping eyes to the hurricane may decide to start moving on preparations.
we'll let you know as it comes to us!
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- Grand Cayman Ocean Club Damage Chantel
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 21:30:47 -0700
Hi Folks
sorry for the delay, been sooooo busy putting everything back in order. I see Dean is making himself known, headed Turks way thou.......thankfully for us....well i have attached the damage photos for ocean club.......keep ya posted.
Weather here today is stormy....with lighting.
hope the pictures come through ok.
see ya for the next storm.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky











- Cayman Islands Weather Update
  • From: miriam bodden <mirmor2001 AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 07:49:51 -0700 (PDT)

Greetings from georgetown, grand Cayman.....

We were once again lucky, the storm has pasted us by....presently we have alot of overcast skies with showers now and then. Our seas are very calm. We are watching the storm closely as they can turn around.....we are also watching the next one making up.

If I can be of help to you please advise.

Thank you.


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- storm
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Aug 01 08:26:55 -0400
Good morning

As you can see by all that have reported that we are just fine here in 
Cayman. Rather overcase this morning and very hot - suppose we might get 
some more rain today. Although through out the nite it seems to only 
Back to work this morning and the task this evening of putting things 
back in order- lawn furniture and plants back outside and take down the 
few storm shutters that I put up.
Thanks to all that e-mailed their concerns.
We hope that our neighbours to the West fair as well as we did - we 
needed the rain!


- 7 am Report Monday
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 07:02:57 -0700
Hi everyone, well we've weathered the storm, lots of wood from the boardwalk around but their is still some structure standing. We have a bit of thunder this am, some sprinkles and seas still rolling. We are no longer on hurricane watch nor are we on Tropical Storm Watch, all should be back to normal by pm. I will drive around later this am and let you know how south sound & other areas weathered it but all is fine I'm sure. Well lets see............Dean is next! Glad to hear from Northside.........glad all is well there.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- North Side of Grand Cayman
  • From: "Michelle M. Miller" <mmmiller AT well.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 16:12:39 -0500
We live on the North Side of Grand Cayman, 75' from the water.  We have had
an amazingly pleasant breeze since yesterday.  It is hard to prepare for the
storm with such wonderful weather outside.

When Hurricane Mitch came, we could hardly walk outside because the sand
hitting are legs hurt.  We haven't had anything like that for Chantal.

We've hardly had any rain (4pm our time, 5pm Eastern Daylight time).  We had
a very small amount of thunder a few hours ago, but it was much less than a
typical summer storm (our dog didn't even get scared).

On the North Side, a few people have boarded up or put up shutters, but for
the most part, not.  We trimmed our coconuts and brought our outside
furniture in.  That is more typical on this side of the island.

The sea is murky, but the waves are less than 1 foot on the reef.

That is about it.

- update 11:46
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 23:43:58 -0700
We are now getting rains, seas are still quite high and raging on our side of the island, and winds are still with us. Thought i'd send one last update before retiring for the evening. Should the weather change i will report but seems as thou the worst of it has past us...here's hoping their is no direction change. Until later.....
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- one last note with photos 10:53 pm
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 22:47:22 -0700
i forgot to mention, seas are also coming up over the roads in south sound for those of you who may know where that is, reports are that seas are coming across the roads in that area.  One last thought, thank you to all of you who have been sending in queries & prayers.......lord knows we can all use them!  a big thank you to all of you. we are not out of the woods yet. i have attached a few photos which i snapped rather  quickly before it got dark, one of them shows the beginning of the boardwalk demise........as it was leaving us. will keep ya posted.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- Chantel 10:30
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 22:32:37 -0700
Hi guys......
well we have weathered high tide.......seas still coming over the sea wall, the board walk is trashed........., water has come up quite close to the apartments, at this point hard to tell, lights along the sea wall are out, we still have electricity but being the lights are out along the sea wall cant see the ocean. Have been out to assess damages and they had a truck out and along the sea wall picking up debris, alot of wood washed over the sea wall, they are trying to be sure it doesnt travel into apartments as it did with Mitch. It is sprinkling here, find it strange that we havent gotten the rains yet, but locals are talking and they are saying that its not over yet, we're expecting rains and heavy winds again somewhere around 11pm or 12 midnight. Winds have weakened a bit, since high tide, although surf is very very high.............................stay tunned....... we are still under hurricane watch, and tropical storm watch. we are all hoping that this storm does not turn to the north
never a dull moment....we'll be in touch.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- storm
  • From: Donna <fishing AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 01 19:58:15 -0400

7:50 pm on Sunday evening. I am tired of waiting!!! But since it has 
gotten dark the wind has increased and we have had a few sprinkles of 
rain. According to the map I see on the internet the winds and rain are 
in the northeast side of the storm and that has not gotten to us yet. 
Although the weatherman on the Weather Station said that winds from the 
south are shearing it. So I guess that also means that this will move the 
storm clouds more our way.
Anyway, still no rain and winds moderate.
Lisa at the Ocean Club has her hands full. Ocean Club is on the south 
side of the island and the sea waves coming ashore are getting larger and 
the high tide is at 9 pm. So I am assuming it will get worse. It has 
taken out their board walk and the waves are crashing over the sea wall. 
Only a matter of hours before the sea will be into some apartments there. 
Lets really hope not but Mitch did the same thing!!!
Will give you an update in a few hours - that is if anything decides to 


- 7:26 update
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 19:21:34 -0700
well guys, the water is totally up over the wall now, coming closer to the apts. perhaps well, high tide is at 9 pm. cant imagine what that will be like considering how far up the water is coming.
more later
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- board walk
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 19:02:46 -0700
well guys,
she is definately showing us her strength...at this point part of our board walk on the right side of the complex facing the ocean has broke apart...........................the sand box is now a wading or perhaps swimming pool..............pieces of the board walk have washed over the wall. stand by for more updates
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- 6:40 update
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 18:43:04 -0700
6:45 Report
well folks...... she is definately blowing in now..........the seas are incredibly high.........................water is now washing over the sea wall at one point on the complex. there are now four units which have boarded up. the winds are much stronger with increasing gusts.....................sea surge?????? Safe to say we are all wondering how much more may come over the wall and when...............whistling winds for sure. The rollers (waves) are quite a site to see, we have many viewers coming here to see whats up, someone from the tv station here was here taking photos. Hopefully the power, phones& electricity  etc. will stay with us.........we'll keep you updated as we can.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- 4:44 update
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 16:49:06 -0700
4:44 Report
Well wave heights at this point are definately 5'-6' perhaps some waves touching 7'. The wind has definately picked up, however very gusty. Lots of cloud cover, i drove around at about 1pm drove down to Norwest Point as those folks got hit terribly hard by hurricane mitch which was coming the same direction as Chantel............Dolphin Point has got some hurricane shutters up, Bonnies' Arch Oceanfront condos boarded up completely, they really got hit last time round so sure they have been prepared from early on. Sprinkling as far as rain is happening and we did get some thunder but no heavy rains yet. The radio is telling us that by dark we should be getting heavy rains & winds...we'll have to wait and see. We are prepared, few more little odds and ends to tidy but that's about it. Seven Mile Beach was quiet, seas are much calmer on that side, they are some shutters up, some windows taped up, but many have been left alone. lots of people walking around along seven mile, Georgetown seas are calm as well, a bit of sprinkling but that's about it. the waves at Ocean Club have really picked up since this morning. They have opened two hurricane shelters but they have said that was done because they are very concerned about flooding...........they have asked people to call 911 if flooding leaves them unable to leave. Tides are very, very high..............but these are only information things "preparedness" just in case. It really would be nice to here from Jamaica.......although i spoke to kingston in an earlier report havent since then.
will update you as we get it.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- storm
  • From: Donna <fishing AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 01 14:45:16 -0400

It is 2:30 pm our time and it is starting to get dark and windy with 
higher gusts from the east. The rain is coming but very light now - it is 
also starting to thunder. I know that we at our house are ready, I just 
hope everyone else here is. Local weather station said that we would 
start getting wind and rain by dark - but it has already started. Chantal 
is suppose to be directly south of us now about 200 miles, but all the 
wind and rain is to the north of it. So looks like we will she what punch 
she has shortly.
I will report again in a few hours, as long as we have electricty - which 
I really don't see a problem with but you never know.
To bad we are not hearing from Jamaica!


- Noon Update
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 12:14:43 -0700
Not much to report at this point. Just one clarification, yes tourists were and are being evacuated, at this point it is on a voluntary basis.......the sun is out with some overcast skies, it is very hot. Seas as i reported earlier remain at the 3-5' wave height. Not much change to report, we are all watching and calmly preparing. that's it for now. The storm may skirt by us, of course we all hope for that. Will keep ya posted.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- 10 am Chantel Update
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 10:21:32 -0700
10 am update looks like this; Chantel is currently 270 miles South of us moving at a speed of 15 mph. The winds within the storm are currently 70 mph which is just under hurricane winds which are 74 mph. Although her pressure dropped that typically tells us that she is building strength. Islanders are still in hurricane preparation, many busseling around their homes tucking away items from their porches and around yards in anticipation of the high winds and the heavy rains. It is up in the air as to which part of grand cayman will directly get the brunt of the storm, so all are preparing. The surf is definately up at this point seas are 3-5 feet here at Ocean Club where we live which is directly on the oceanfront. Winds have picked up since my last report and many residents are coming out to check out what the ocean looks like at this point. 
Will update everyone as we get it.
ps. spoke to someone in Kingston Jamaica alittle while ago and they say it is very hot, kingston is overcase at this point and the eastern parts are experience heavy rains.
that is it for now...........will write more as it comes.
Lisa Blomgren
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- storm
  • From: Donna <fishing AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 01 08:10:18 -0400
8 am our time and cloudy and just a little breeze. At 2 am last nite we 
had a bit of rain. But none since. Talked to someone on the phone in 
Jamaica in the Kingston, south coast area. They had rain all day 
yesterday and talked to them this morning and still raining. The Weather 
Channel said that the storm is taking a WNW path and has slowed down. 
That means, I believe, some strengthening. But I still believe that we 
will get some much needed rain, but will be spared the wind, as they said 
the nothern most part of clouds the wind was about 30 mph.
Anyway we will see what today brings. I am ready - don't know about 
others, but I am sure they are watching it closely.


- Chantel Preparations
  • From: "Lisa Blomgren" <blmgrn AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 07:35:18 -0700
Good Morning
My name is Lisa Blomgren and I have lived on Grand Cayman for 16 years. I live on the South Side of the island, which unfortunately will be the side to get it the worse should Chantel stay with her current path.  Our winds this morning have died down considerable and the surf has not yet picked up however, it will by afternoon. People are busy here preparing for the storm, hurrican shutters are up and people have bought plywood but have not yet boarded up here at Ocean Club. All eyes are keenly on the weather chanel and local news reports. Many tourists have been evacuated and some residents have decided to leave the island.....as it looks it should pass us but will update more later.
Lisa & The Blomgren Bunch
blmgrn AT candw.ky

- storm
  • From: Donna <fishing AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 01 22:37:04 -0400

Sorry so late in making this report (10 pm our time). Been busy today 
getting my storm shutters organized - if need be to use them. Although I 
did put them on the east and south side of my house. As we think that 
will be the direction of the most wind. Also taking in all my plants so 
they do not get blown apart.
Well is it very calm at this hour. The tide is high, unusally high and I 
believe that when the storm passes us we will also have a high tide!
So tomorrow morning will tell just where Chantal will be headed and how 
close to us. They have said that more of the storm is to the north, so 
passing south of us will still give us some good wind and rain.

Hope to be hearing from Jamaica soon!!!


- chantal
  • From: Donna <cireba AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 01 15:33:35 -0400
It is 3 pm in the afternoon of Sat. Still very hot but since the morning 
the wind has increased - now about 15 - 20 mph from the NE. But do not 
know if this is from the storm. Not really an unusaual breeze for us. 
Looks like all government buildings are prepared. So I have heard the 
airport is busy with people leaving, tourist and locals alike! Although 
it is predicted to pass south of us, people are getting prepared - moving 
boats and cleaning up their yards and buying food. I would think that 
most will wait until later today or tomorrow to decide on storm shutters 
- so it looks from my drive around today. Just heard that the flight from 
Cayman to Jamaica has been cancelled for today - don't know if that is 
Cayman Airways or Air Jamaica.
So we need to hear from the correspondent in JA for a weather update.

Back at you all later today!


- chantel
  • From: Donna <fishing AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 01 08:38:35 -0400
Here in Grand Cayman (8:30am) we are preparing for Chantel, although this 
mornings report was a little more promising that she will pass move to 
the south of us. But we are still getting prepared. It is sunny with a 
little breeze this morning. This may turn out to be like Mitch did, pass 
south of us and produce a lot of rain. But still to early to tell. I will 
report later in the day.


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