- Updates from the Islands -

- - Barbados - -

| home | tools | pleas for help | QHWRN | guide | climatology | archive

- - - 2004 Hurricane Season - - -

- Hi from Barbados
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 19:44:20 -0400
Here in Barbados, just like many other islands it remains very hot, very windy and very dry, for weeks now. We really could use some rain to help the vegetation.  Not a lot, but just enough.

- Hello from Barbados
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 23:40:07 -0400
Similiar to the other islands Barbados this last two weeks has been inundated with heavy rains, and thunder storms.  The island is soggy but yesterday for the first time the sun peeped through for longer than two hours and today Thank Goodness because of all the "goings on" leading up to our Independence Day Celebrations on Nov 30th the sun was hot and the skies were clear.  It was so nice to feel the sun again.  I feel sorry for all the tourists.... I believe we have had at least 216 mm of rain for the month so far and that is the airport measurement, many times here on the South coast we get tremendous downpours and the airport records nil.  At least the nights are good for sleeping.

- Wishing....
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 19:06:33 -0400
Reading the reports everyday, of the aftermath of the hurricanes that have gone through the islands, I wish with all my heart that Grenada could write about the progress that Grand Cayman seems to making. I have many friends down in Grenada in various fields, that have left Barbados to help  and even two weeks after the horrendous hurricane things still seem to be catastrophic.  With all the storms hitting Florida and I do feel for them, I hope that no-one forgets Grenada and keeps up with the assistance they desperately need.... Barbados - remember those pledges you gave on the radiothon - and send them in asap - Grenadians need every cent to try and build back what they have lost.  Remember it could have been this island....

- Barbados got lucky!
  • From: applemac AT sunbeach.net
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:13:03 -0400
Barbados experienced 'mere' Trop.Storm force winds,
with gusts up to about 80/85/90 mph in places, it has been reported.
I can attest to some of those gusts (a few,not too many).
It started to get real blow-y at about 8:20 a.m.
until about 10 or 11 a.m. 
Min. barometric pressure (where we were) was 1004 Mb.

In Barbados, IVAN was 95% wind, 5% rain.
I rode out the storm at Lodge Hill, 3 mi. North of Bridgetown,
under a 4-inch cast concrete roof (I'm not as silly as I look..)

The SOUTH Coast of Barbados suffered the most damage,
as well as some aspects of the Bridgetown Port,on the SW corner of the island.

Salt burn on trees and foliage, up to a half-mile inland of the South Coast
is in evidence today Fri., with Mahoganies and Tamarind trees along Dayrells Rd. showing it the most.
Bouganvillea growing up over my roof, at Rendezvous Ridge Ch.Ch., 1km. inland.
has had its leaves toasted, above roof line level.

Large tree at the entrance to Grand Barbados Hotel (ex Holiday Inn)
was uprooted and turned over, falling onto the concrete dive shop,nearby(see pic attached).

Barbados was very lucky it didn't suffer more collateral damage.

David Hunt,
IVAN swath1.gif

Hastings Main Rd. -IVAN.jpg

Hastings seaRubble IVAN.JPG



- Prayers needed
  • From: "Steffi&Dan Schwan" <schwans AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 09:36:14 -0400
Title: Mabel

Barbados has returned to normal. We have been so fortunate. We are gathering food, clothing, building supplies and money to help in the restoration of Grenada.  Right now we need to pray for the people of Jamaica, Cayman Islands,Cuba and Florida. They still have much to bear.

  • From: "A.P. B." <busquay AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 12:20:52 +0000
Hi Evereone:

Busquay from the north of Barbados here.  Its hot and sunny at 8.00a.m 
Eastern CAribbean Time.

Just to let you know that all things being equalled Barbados 'weathered the 
storm' fairly well.

The Prime Minister will be touring the worst affected parishes today - 
Christ Church, St. Philip, St. George and part of St. Michael.

Schools and Colleges are closed today, as some of them were used as 
shelters, while others are still without electricty. The Bdos Light and 
Power crews have worked throughout the night to restore power, but there are 
some small pockets still without electricity.

The community spirity exhibited over the past 36 hours was exemplary and 
probably restored some Barbadians faith in mankind.

Of course, the debate now is'what went wrong with our roofs' Too many roofs 
on too new houses were either damaged or completely lifted.

Still trying desperately to make contact with Grenada.


Help STOP SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*  

- Update
  • From: "Dave" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 19:04:52 -0400
Title: Message
Hi all, it's 6.55 pm, the temp is 75 and the humidity is 82. Outside is very calm, and no rain. Power has returned. All in all it did not really do much to us, a few broken branches is about it. I had to go out this afternoon to assist someone on the south coast at about 2.00 pm. The roads had a some debris but not much. The sea was wild with big breakers. Came home via the east coast, nothing to report from there, all was relatively normal. Having said that there have been many reports on the radio of roofs off etc. Now our best wishes are with those in Grenada. Once again thanks for all those emails from around the world.

- after Ivan
  • From: "Steffi&Dan Schwan" <schwans AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 19:12:13 -0400
We just had our power restored so I had better write.  Over on the east side of the island where we live the winds are still howling and we are getting spurts of rain.  Not everyone has power restored as yet. About 200 + buildings were damaged mostly with roofs blown off. The cover over the Concorde flew away.  Lots of trees are down and have taken power lines with them.  Several of the smaller hotels have had partial damage to roofs. There is a lot of debris around in the roadways. No all clear has been given as yet. Some of the buildings at the port were damaged.Most Bajans were very prepared for Ivan.  One 75 year old woman was found dead in a ditch. That is the only fatality I know of. Tomorrow in the light of day the clean up will begin. I wan to thank all of you who prayed for us. Thanks to all who wrote me.  Please keep in touch.  Please continue your prayers for those still to face a visit from Ivan
Steffi & Dan

- IVAN - Updates on the ground
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 15:42:24 -0700 (PDT)

Just got back from Bridgetown..went to inspect my mother's office..Lots of branches and downed wires on the roads.  Also drove past the careenage and the surf is indeed up and crashing over the barriers by Fort Willoughby (Coast Guard Headquarters)...was indeed a sight to behold.  Then took a drive along Trevor's Way on my way to inspect my friends shop in the port - wow!  I am so sorry I didn't have a video camera with me...the surf reminded me of the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba...The shops in the port have suffered extensive damage, with some merchandise being washed out to sea...will obviously be a while before they can open again.
On my way back home, drove up the south  coast - and believe it or not, there were people in the ocean at Carlisle Bay - SURFING!!!  I really though I had seen it all, but that was the icing on the cake...and people were on the beach gawking at them.  Continued up the south coast were I noticed a lot of debris combined with tree branches in the road.  But, the National Conservation Commission I believe, was already on the job cleaning up.  At KFC, the surf was actually in the parking lot...
On another note, I have to commend the folks at the Barbados Light and Power for the excellent job they have done to ensure that power was restored to most of the island before nightfall.  Of course, there are still pockets here and there, but I suspect they too will have power within the next day or so.
Again, we have been spared the wrath of a significant hurricane.  But, one can only imagine what would have happened had we really had a direct hit from this system.  Just heard that the system has caused extensive damage across the Grenadines, with 3 deaths reported so far. There has been 1 death reported in Barbados and investigations are continuing, but a 75 year old lady was found in a ditch of water in St. James.
 I think some prayers of thanks are in order and again, I wish to express my gratitude to all those who were thinking and/or praying for us. 


"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - Send 10MB messages!

- Hurricane Reporting
  • From: "Ian Clarke-Worrell" <ian.worrell AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 17:07:49 -0400
Title: Message
Well after having suffered the whistle of the close shave from Ivan, and heard about the damage, if there is anything I can add to your efforts I would be happy to assist.
Just for a quick report from my area of Barbados - Kent Ridge, on the South Coast inland about 5 miles.
We got a lot of gusty winds, however, much to my surprise very little rain fall.  It is now raining more than it did at the height of the storm.  Sustained wind was making the power lines whistle but only for an hour or so.  Small branches and some dead wood was broken from trees, some palm fronds were ripped down.
Lots of reports of roofs ripped off houses, and renewed calls for some type of building code have once again been made, being championed by Vic Fernands of Starcomm Network.  The cover of the building housing the Concord plane has been damaged.  This cover was designed and constructed by an international firm - I do not currently know who - and I believe is being fixed by Williams Construction - a local firm.
There has been higher than usual tides, with waves carrying some sand and rocks across the South Coast road.  This seems to be worse in areas where there is little beach between the road and the sea, for example by the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hastings.
During the storm I was without power - the BL&P (power company) turned off the local supply as a precaution between 6am and 4pm when I got it back.  During this time we were glued to the radio listening for news.  We heard plenty of the stories of damage, but on weather reports at 8am, 11am and 2 pm there was a strange silence.  I used my laptop to contact Sunbeach Internet services to get the weather reports from the NOAA site and called up VOB 790 to provide these.  I do hope that next time we will hear the authorities giving us regular weather updates.  It is some comfort to know that the storm is actually passing!
All in all, Barbados has once again been very lucky to have the hardest winds of Ivan pass well to the South.  I just hope that this, another close call, does not cause Bajans to be complacent for the next time.
Connect to life!
Ian Worrell
VP Corporate Communications
Sunbeach Communications Inc
Sunrise House
St. Michael
IM: iworrell1@hotmail.com
+1 (246) 430-1569
+1 (246) 228-6330
+1 (246) 253 5620
Powered by Plaxo Want a signature like this?
Add me to your address book...

- Ivan
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 16:04:03 -0400
I live in Rockley Christchurch and we too received power back around 3.00 after it went out at 6.00 this morning.  The winds still have some bursts to them and spasmodic rain.  This area seems to have fared well, I can see no damage other than leaves and branches everywhere.  Reports filtering in, no loss of life but of course lots and lots of structural damage.  The Globe Drive In cinema has half its screen ripped off and there is no snackbar roof.  We have two or three private boats have broken their moorings at Carlisle Bay this morning and another boat has beached itself at the Boart Yard.  Hastings main road under water from the sea and some Long Beach had 25 ft wave surges this morning.  Amazing, apart from the winds, and rain we had no thunder and lightening,  so my dogs were not really too upset as they were warm and dry in the house. We have been so lucky, again.  So many reports still coming in and probably will for some time to come. 

- Ivan still lurking
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 11:45:57 -0700 (PDT)
Ivan "the terrible" seems to have lived up to his name.  At 2:30PM power has returned to my area in Christ Church..a check with other friends and family members indicate that they are still without power and some are without telephone services. As I write, the wind continues to gust significantly.  CERO has asked that people not venture out - the all-clear still has not been given.
Report just in on the radio indicates that the careenage in Bridgetown is over its banks and sea-water is in the car park by Bajan Helicopters..locals have been advised to stay clear of that area as it is considered very dangerous. Seems as though parts of Christ Church in the South and St. Philip in the East have been hit hard...numerous homes without roofs in St. Philip and many uprooted trees and impassable roads in Christ Church. The structure built to house the Concorde on the airport compound has collapsed or blown away.
Even though there is considerable damage, it could have been much, much worse had we had a direct hit. Bajans should consider themselves very, very lucky as the prayers everyone sent up seem to have worked.  Thank you everyone. 

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
Y! Messenger - Communicate in real time. Download now.

- IvanWatch from Barbados - Dawnay St. John
  • From: "Cherysh Blackman-St.John" <cherysh1031 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 05:36:37 -0700
The South coast of Barbados is currently, at 5:16am, just feeling the first real gusts as Ivan, the Category 4 Hurricane which has seen supermarket shelves bared and bottled gas supplies exhausted, visits this world class destination.
The Prayer Warriors have been working overtime therefore despite predictions, that the weather would deteriorate around midnight, there has been little rain so far, although the shelters have been filling since last evening and the local Authorities are taking this storm seriously. Residents have battened down and streets are deserted. Just past midnight, a beach walk showed  more whitecaps than storm surge, however, as dawn breaks, wind activity is picking up and the sky is cloudy and grey and very ovdercast. Hevay showrs and possible thunderstorms are expected during the day and Our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Owen Arthur has asked the population to stay calm and remain focussed on the fortitude that has been our Mainstay for generations. 
Prior to the storm, plywood sheets were used to reinforce windows and emergency services are on alert. Many residents of this 166 sq. mile island have sought refuge in shelters and non-perishable ground provisions, canned items and dried foods have been stockpiled. Ivan the Terrible has been a definite economic boost for Barbados' commercial sector.
According to the first local news report of the day reported on LOVE FM, STARCOM Network news, the hurricane warning has been discontinued and a Tropical Storm warning is now in effect. As of 5 am. Ivan is currently located at Lat11.4N and 140 miles SSE of Barbados, moving west at 18mph.A Gradual turn to the west expected today. There is some likelihood that Ivan may return to Hurricane Status but it is currently a tropical Storm.
St Vincent, Grenada and the Grenadines are currently under Hurricane Watch.

- Ivan Update
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 05:25:34 -0700 (PDT)
Short message as trying to conserve battery power...Seems like power is out islandwide.  At 8:20 AM numerous reports of damage - roofs are off and trees have fallen on homes across the island.  Winds are really gusting now - rain is falling sporadically and people have been warned to stay indoors as debris is flying...
Seas are also very rough and have had reports from those on the coast that they have never seen the surf in its present condition.
We are smack dead in the middle of the storm now.

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail - 50x more storage than other providers!

- Ivan
  • From: "Dave" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 07:09:30 -0400
Title: Message
Ok, it's 7.07 and the power is off and the ups does not like the generator power so a short message. The wind has picked up with strong gusts and the rain is coming in short bursts. Lokks like its getting worse. I'll be back

- Ivan!
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 06:34:18 -0400
It is now 6.30 am - the skies are black and the rain is just lashing down.  The wind gusts like like freight trains going past.  There are branches and obviously lots of leaves flying through the wind.  Wouldn't be surprised to loose power even yet.... anyway - am very happy that we are not having a hurricane but what is happening outside is quite enough. My thoughts to our neighbours South. Take care

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 10:53:06 +0000

It is 6:47 am.  The wind is really high around here in dover gardens.  The rain is comming down in torrents and almost horizontal. We are now under a tropical storm warning. We are outside the radius of the hurricane force winds. Ivan is however still a hurricane and could strengthen.

The lights are starting to flicker a bit so I dont know how long before the power goes out, if at all.  Barbados should expect to experience these conditons for at least the next 6 hours or so.


STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*

- Ivan - On our doorstep
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 03:23:17 -0700 (PDT)
At 6:15AM the rain is falling in torrents and the winds are extremely high.  However, we are now under Tropical Storm Warning as the center is predicted to pass 100 miles to the south and Hurricane Force winds only extend out 70 miles while Tropical Force winds extend 140 miles....Hardly slept all night...was following the internet and our local TV station. Folks, the worse has not passed as yet, so please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Will try to report again later if I can as I understand the power may go...some areas have already lost theirs.

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
Win 1 of 4,000 free domain names from Yahoo! Enter now.

- ivan
  • From: "Dave" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 06:19:34 -0400
Title: Message
Hi all, its 6.09 am. temp is 81and humidity is 82. Some rain during the night but nothing much. At the moment its not raining but the wind is gusting but not very strong. The clound cover is dark grey and heavy looking.So far we have not lost power but since I've been on the net I've had 2 UPS moments. Will send again

- Ivan not Visiting
  • From: "Steffi&Dan Schwan" <schwans AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 06:04:55 -0400
It is 5:45p.m.  The sky is beginning to lighten.  The sky looks very angry with lots of storm clouds.  We are just getting some rain. The wind blew all night long. There were 2 bouts with rain but very little fell.  What a relief to wake up (we did sleep a bit) and find out Ivan passed us by. We are now under a storm warning.  The seas are angry with large waves beating the shore. Hope our beaches are not eroded.  We have water, lights and of course the phone.  I want to thank all those out there who prayed for us. Your prayers guided Ivan away. But we must continue to pray for all the others in his path.  . 

- Ivan ...And the wait continues
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 21:05:29 -0700 (PDT)
It is now midnight and the winds seems to have picked up considerably.  Just decided to venture outside for a minute before all the "action" starts.  The latest prediction puts the eye of the hurricane to our south.  However, folks still need to be mindful that it is the outer bands we have to worry about.
To those who have been sending personal emails wishing us on the island all the best and praying for us, I send my gratitude...Keep sending up those prayers, peoples!!
Will try to send another post if the connection lasts as it has been somewhat sporadic.

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail is new and improved - Check it out!

- anxiously awaiting Ivan
  • From: "Roberts, Magaret J" <janineroberts AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 22:36:37 -0400
Well so far everything is quiet here on the island apart from the occasional 
gust of wind. There has been no more rain since about 7:00pm and it seems like 
a normal night in the tropics so far. It is now about 10:30pm and now we are 
just waiting to see what will happen.  Every now and then we are still hearing 
the occasional hammering of shutters going up in our neighborhood.  But I did 
notice while driving around at about 7:00pm that not too many of the chattel 
houses had any shutters or boarding.  Hopefully these people have all gone to 
The whole family is here at home some sleeping some of us monitoring the 
situation closely waiting for the next bulletin.  We are praying for good news!.
Sent via the WebMail system at http://mail.sunbeach.net:8383


- Ivan report from Barbados
  • From: "Obie Holmen" <obie AT tradewindtours.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 18:04:40 -0500

I live in the US but our company has a call centre on Barbados.  I am at the office now located in the harbour district.  Pretty quiet here now at 7 pm with a few rain squalls moving through.  Winds still pretty normal.  There will be a few of us spending the night in this large masonry BIDC building.  Although the stores were very busy today, I did not see a lot of boarding up taking place.  I am very concerned about the many smaller wooden homes … I hope the occupants all choose to move to a shelter.



Robert "Obie" Holmen


Tradewind Tours

ext 1001 at these phone numbers

320-573-5501, 800-860-8013 (US), 800-917-4619 (UK)



- Ivan
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 21:16:12 -0400
The hype of preparing as best you can is over and now all one can do is wait.... this I believe is the hardest part.  Wondering when and how bad it is going to be... to everyone here on the island of Barbados I wish for you all to be safe and tomorrow when the storm passes we can pull together and help the ones who have been hit the worst.

- Ivan
  • From: "Dave" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 21:48:42 -0400
Title: Message
Ok, its 9.45 pm the temp is 79 and the humidity is 79, both steady. The breeze is a bit stronger but no rain. I have recieved emails from around the world wishing us the best, thanks to you all. Will be back again soon.

- Ivan
  • From: "Dave" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 20:19:31 -0400
Title: Message
Well we are as ready as can be, the windows no longer have a view. The generator is full ( as is the fridge, with banks beer ). Had a little rain a few minutes ago and we are getting a few gusts of wind. We got work over with early and filled up with gas. Now its wait and see. I will report later.

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 23:17:09 +0000

Showers are now starting to come ashore [just the outer bands I believe].  About 6:58 pm we had moderate downpour with a wind gust of about 20 mph.  Much more to come....not much wind at the moment 7:16 pm.


Help STOP spam with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*

- Ivan
  • From: "Steffi&Dan Schwan" <schwans AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 16:09:01 -0400
Well all our preparations are in order for the visit of Ivan.  We spent all morning  outdoors clipping branches, putting away flower  pots, furniture, and anything that could become a flying missile.  This will be our first hurricane. We are not quite sure as to what to expect.  Looking outside from my window as I write this, I see sunshine, trees moving in the gentle breeze. Hard to believe that Ivan is out there heading for us.  Some of the catagory 1 shelters on the island are now open.  All police have been called back to work.  Buses are stopping at 6 and the airport closes at 8.  Most businesses have let staff leave for home at noon.  Regular updates are on the radio.  Most people are taking Ivan very seriously. The hard part is waiting . We all want it to be over. 

- Ivan Approaches
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 12:01:26 -0700 (PDT)
Folks, preparations should now be rushed to completion.  This is not a storm to be taken lightly...As of 3:00PM the winds are picking up...quite a difference from this time last week.  Just went in search of ice which will be a necessity should we loose power, and the lines at the gas stations were extremely long..In fact, some stations have run out gas...perhaps a sign of things to come???
All Category 1 shelters will open at 5 PM....our emergency offices are set and ready to go should the situation warrant it.
For those of you in the cyber world who are reading this post, please send 1 up to the almighty for us...we will need it.

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
Win 1 of 4,000 free domain names from Yahoo! Enter now.

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 18:03:28 +0000

It is now 2:00 pm.  Gas stations and stores were chaotic from early this morning.  It is quite hot on the outside and somewhat breezy.  Last preparations are being made. 

We are expected to start feeling the effects of Ivan sometime after midnight. and the worst after daybreak.

May god be with you all!


Will report at intervals once the power permits


Protect your PC - Click here for McAfee.com VirusScan Online

- Ivan
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 13:12:10 -0400
It is now 1pm - the radio is full of early closings, and info on hurricane necessities for each household.  The roads are jammed with people going every which way, the stores are crazy with long long line ups and the gas stations have long lines too. The wind has changed direction and is now coming from the Northwest - quite breezy with scudding clouds but the sun is shining and boy is it hot....We have been advised that we shall feel the first effects  this evening and the full force by tomorrow.Buses are stopping at 6pm  and the airport is closing at that time too. Will advise later..

- Update
  • From: "Dave" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2004 06:01:53 -0400
Title: Message
Looks like this could be the one. The warnings came a little late to say the least, today is going to be crazy at the shops ! At the moment the weather is good, 6.00 am, temperature 81 f and humidity 80 % with some clouds. I am going for the plywood first thing, everything else was done yesterday. Will send again later.

- Ivan
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 20:13:28 -0400
Well well well,.....  on the  7.00 pm news tonight we are told that the  dangerous storm Ivan is heading  our way and Bajans should be on alert.  Now it is 7.00 pm and the stores are all closed.  Imagine the panic tomorrow!  God bless to everyone in this island.

- Here we go
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 16:12:13 -0700 (PDT)
The director of the Central Emergency Response Organisation has advised all Barbadians to take the necessary precautions as Ivan approaches.  This is not a storm to be taken lightly...We have all seen what happened in the Florida Panhandle and that was a Category 1...so as a Category 3 Barbadians need to be extremely cautious.

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
Win 1 of 4,000 free domain names from Yahoo! Enter now.

- Fwd: Ivan - This could be the big one
  • From: Lisa Greaves <lgwbajan AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 15:19:26 -0700 (PDT)

Barbados is under Hurricane Watch....this could be the big one we have been dodging since Janet in '55...This is the time to start putting your disaster plans into motion.  I daresay I don't like the looks of this one...too far south for us to really dodge the bullet this time around.  Keep listening to the advisories...Might be Ivan "the terrible".

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do You Yahoo!?
Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around

"Live everyday to the fullest" 

Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail is new and improved - Check it out!

- Ivan
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 14:25:51 -0400
This morning nothing was mentioned about Ivan to the Barbadian public except at 12noon on the news it was
stated that a tropical storm was approaching Barbados, should be here around Mon night or early Tues am. with tropical force winds and lots of rain.... ... No official warnings yet - just like St. Lucia maybe the government doesn't want to make announcements to upset the public too soon!   No time is too soon right now - Ivan is almost on our doorstep and it doesn't look very friendly.  Bajans have been far too complacent regarding all the storms that will of course go North - so they think - I  am ready as I can be - so are all my neighbours - finishing touches tomorrow when we know exactly the status.  Anyone in viewing area of this message - this is Sun afternoon - start preparing now - this could be the one that has our name on it and will not be turning North....Barbados get with the program ...now.

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 18:14:23 +0000


now this has me very nervous..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ivan has already broken a record of being the strongest cyclone to be so far south

Lord help us all


The new MSN 8: smart spam protection and 2 months FREE*

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 22:23:30 +0000

Just took a look at the latest satellite photos and fortunately the island chain seems to have "dodged the bullet", as Anguilla so nicely put it; or de bullet miss we.............something or de other........but its all good and ah hope it stay that way til November 30th........

The heat though today was really unbearable.  Still and very humid even as I sit here typing this @ 6:21 p.m.....phewww!!

Frances hurry up and guh long bout yuh business and let de trades come back nuh.



- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 14:12:32 +0000

Its now nice and windy on the outside with the odd shower or 2.  The sun is even peeping out at times.  Its now 10:06 A.M. in Barbados, and and as of 8 A.M. the Tropical Storm Warning has been downgraded to a Watch.  We have been spared once again.

De good lord mussey really love we lil rock. 

 I can speak only for myself when I say although very grateful for our longstanding "luck" for the lack of a better word, I shall never become complacent.

We must always pay close attention to the weather from June to November.  Unpredictable it will always be.

Have a nice day


Add photos to your e-mail with MSN 8. Get 2 months FREE*.

- Watch cancelled
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 08:43:30 -0400
As of 8.30 the tropical storm warning has been cancelled and a watch only is in effect.  The threat to Barbados decreases but the warning is still on for St Vincent Grenadines and Trinidad.  We are experiencing gusty winds but apart from the odd shower that is all I think we should get.We have been lucky again .... Jennifer

- Earl
  • From: "Dave" <dj AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 07:11:49 -0400
Title: Message
At 7.00 am this morning the sky is not too bad but the wind has picked up. Temperature is 81 deg f and humidity is 86%. It has just started to rain. We can watch the clouds racing across the sky. Last night we had some rain and thunder but not much. Now I'm going to fix the generator. Will send again.   Dave

- Earl
  • From: "Steffi&Dan Schwan" <schwans AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 07:42:18 -0400
It is 7:15 Sunday morning.  The wind which howled all night has increased in intensity. The rain  began to fall in heavy wind driven gusts about 6:30.  From my window which faces south I can see the whiteness of the surf at the coast.  There is still heavy rain to the north.  The rain has lessened and winds are not as strong.  From where I am I can"t see any damage . Most people removed objects that could become air born last night.  We were in a restaurant last night and they were putting away the hanging baskets etc.  People seem to be taking the approach of Earl seriously.
Steffi  Schwan

- Earl
  • From: "Jennifer Pequeneza" <Sydmouth AT sunbeach.net>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 06:54:44 -0400
At 6.30 this morning the skies here in Barbados are very heavy and grey with some gusts of wind.  Temp 27.6 up from last nights 24.  There was some thunder and lightening along with squalls of rain through the night.  We are to expect storm force winds, heavy rain with thunder and lightening through this next 6 -12 hours. Rain could be as much as 3-6 inches.  The seas are rough in open waters with wave height to 3.5 metres. So far nothing serious.  Will write later. Jennifer

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 02:03:46 +0000
9:59 P.M.  Moderate rain, some light gusts of wind but mostly still. Ocassional lightning and thunder.  Satellite at 115UTC shows a CDO forming with the high level outflow patter ESE of us.  Overall, to me at least, system seems to be getting more organized [strengthening]


MSN 8 with e-mail virus protection service: 2 months FREE*

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 21:01:14 +0000

As of 5 p.m. The Government Of Barbados has issued a storm warning for this island.

Right now on the outside, it is cloudy with light showers and light winds and very humid.

More later


MSN 8 with e-mail virus protection service: 2 months FREE*

- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 22:33:04 +0000

Oh Laaawhs Looka trouble!!

Which will be Danielle and Earl: 94L or 95L

As of the 5 pm update 95L became Tropical Depression Number 5.  Looks like the models support intensification to near 55 mph winds with gusts to 65 mph when it reaches Barbados, well south at approximately 12.0 N. 

We have to keep an eye on this one.

Right now its really hot and humid on the outside, even though the sun is about to go down.



- Lovely, lovely rain
  • From: "Terry Ally" <terryally AT terryally.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 08:46:49 -0400
The vigour tropical wave just east of Barbados is beginning to affect the island. sporadic showers in the early hours of the morning at at this hour, around 8:45 am, overcast grey skies, with pleads of thunder, "nice" lightning and a  consistent downpour. The wave is not actually here but this is the leading edge with lots of convection which I thought might have affected us yesterday. But this morning nice weather to be indoors.

- Weather could be better in Barbados
  • From: "Terry Ally" <terryally AT terryally.com>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 17:48:55 -0400
Things look much worse on satellite than on the ground in Barbados. I live on the easter side of the island and I've had three brief showers - heard one rumble of thunder in the distance.

My wife is on a church excursion to the north of the island and they have had one brief downpour. She called recently to say that the black clouds were moving in again but they were not aborting their excursion (today is a holiday as was yesterday).

Saint Lucia has issued a Tropical Storm Warning. Tomorrow I will be in contact with them to see what is happening.

Our organisation usual post official updates from each member Government at our website http://www.cdera.org/ under the "Situation Reports" news file for those who are interested.


- 02L Tropical Depression Number 2
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 15:42:14 +0000

WTNT42 KNHC 031510
11 AM EDT TUE AUG 03 2004





INITIAL      03/1500Z 13.2N  54.2W    25 KT
12HR VT     04/0000Z 14.0N  57.0W    35 KT
24HR VT     04/1200Z 15.0N  60.5W    40 KT
36HR VT     05/0000Z 16.5N  64.0W    45 KT
48HR VT     05/1200Z 18.0N  67.0W    50 KT
72HR VT     06/1200Z 21.0N  69.5W    60 KT
96HR VT     07/1200Z 25.5N  71.0W    70 KT
120HR VT     08/1200Z 30.0N  72.0W    70 KT


Your files are attached and ready to send with this message.

STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*

- Too early........?
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 03:34:59 +0000



Your files are attached and ready to send with this message.


- Update
  • From: "M X" <kaffematische AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 06:20:03 +0000

Been having a fairly wet May..............and today was no exception.  2004 predictions suggest an above average season activity. 



Back to top | home | tools | pleas for help | QHWRN | guide | climatology | archive