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- Tropical Wave #2 Approachibg
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:46:00 -0400
This wave should reach our area by Friday evening . Locally heavy rain is expected. This information is from NOAA Weather Radio. I recommend that everyone get a radio with batteries. Very important.! The information we hear is for our region, not somewhere on the mainland. That makes us better prepared. We know what to expect. I’m glad we’re having more rain, but my joy is dampened knowing that so many are without proper roofs. Today the headline on the Daily News was tough but necessary. HAVE A BLUE ROOF? BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE IN THE EVENT OF AN APPROACHING HURRICANE. I don ‘t have the newspaper on hand but that was the 
message. After last year’s experience we cannot be too careful. Some surprises are bad, like MARIA, but some 
though little are very good. Our coconut tree finally has little ones 9 months later! May God bless us all!

Isabel






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- Overcast Skies
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:39:30 -0400
After the passage of the first real tropical wave of the season, the skies 
remained overcast and threatening, with spurts now and then,  but nothing like 
yesterday. The blue tank below the deck was just about empty. It sounded hollow 
almost to the bottom. And then came the TW and filled it up again! That was 
some torrential rain even in short spasms. It was like turning a faucet all the 
way and then off. Long duration rain like the one along the Gulf Coast
can be deadly, 12” of rain in 30 hrs. However, we have to prepare for flooding 
here when the going gets rough.! It never fails in those flood prone areas. 
Much has been done to alleviate it, but there’s so much rain during the rainy 
season. My lizard friend outside the kitchen window has no fear of anything. He 
just lives with his eyes on the next catch. Hope you had a good Wednesday. May 
God bless us all. 

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- A Taste of the Season
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:45:49 -0400
The tropical wave arrived as if on queue. It was a reminder that we are in the 
hurricane season and under other circumstances this tropical wave would have 
become an Invest as the experts investigate the system, that being a clear 
conclusion, it would be labeled a TD, the start of a Tropical Depression, then 
as it intensifies  it becomes a Tropical Storm and given an identifying name, 
then at 74 mph winds onward, earns it the respect of the biggest, extremely 
dangerous phenomena, the much feared Hurricane, which can strengthen to a 
Category 5, the most catastrophic, known for total destruction of property and 
loss of life. The names IRMA and MARIA will never be used again precisely 
because of the trail of destruction and death behind them. We hope and pray we 
don’t see the likes of them this season. We are very grateful for the rain 
today; it’s not over as yet, more rain is expected on Wednesday. Soon the 
yellow lawn will be green again. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Tropical Wave
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:26:43 -0400
According to NOAA Weather Radio a tropical wave  will enter the eastern 
Caribbean on Tuesday bringing thunderstorms and much needed rain. We hope it 
does not fizzle. It has been hot and dry. Other than that it’s best not to look 
too far ahead; just do what we have to do and enjoy each day as best as we can. 
 May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Father’s Day Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:22:42 -0400
It was hot and dry, and very happy.
Hope all the Dads out there had a happy one too. I heard on the weather radio 
that a tropical wave will be arriving in our region Tuesday into Wednesday.  
That would be a blessing. There is one wave after another fighting the dust; 
only this one is officially  making it through in quite a while. The ground is 
begging for rain. I hope the Southwest got a good soaking from the once 
Hurricane BUD. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Overcast and Humid
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 20:54:44 -0400
The day started out rather cloudy, but there wasn’t much of a chance for rain. 
Just made it very humid. So, for a wedding early afternoon, well, everyone was 
sweating; maybe except the bride who arrived a titch late in an air conditioned 
chariot. I was running about for more than an hour making sure everything was 
done and the church was ready for the bride. The groom was eying the wall 
clock. I had already handed a roll of paper towel to all the groom’s men. They 
were from the mainland, not accustomed to tropical humidity. The hot sun 
decided to shine down through the west windows making everyone on that side 
rather uncomfortable. However, everything moved along smoothly with a few tears 
here and there. Hey, perhaps that’s why weddings and funerals are the same for 
some people?  So, thankfully,  no rain and everyone was happy and I was 
exhausted. Hope you all had a great day. May God bless us all.

Isabel 

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- Hurricane Season - Day 16
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:43:06 -0400
The sky/air was cleaner today as we can see from the early morning signature 
photo. Half the month is gone already.! Yikes! And I keep reading about how bad 
it’s going to be. So many people are unable to get ready for another storm. 
According to NOAA it’s going to be an average, or above average season. We only 
have to worry about one impact and we hope that does not happen. Last year we 
were swiped by IRMA- we lost power for 16 hrs but others never regained it 
before MARIA’s impact. In between those two JOSE came along the same track as 
IRMA; mercifully it moved up a bit avoiding the already stricken northern 
Leeward Islands, however, it had a long tail that stretched a few hundred miles 
drenching us with torrential rain which caused floods everywhere. 
So, last season was about one of the worst ones ever. Let’s pray that we can be 
spared this season.
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- World Cup Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:32:58 -0400
It was great in Russia where the games are being held and it was great here. I was even inspired to prepare Russian Chicken Kiev (seepidtk There was even a refreshing breeze on our hill. Somehow it did not feel as hot as other days. However, everything’sceis dry. I look to îthe east for a TW that would bring us some really good showers. We need the rain, not continuous, so that the folks rebuilding will have the daytime to work. It’s a desperate race.
I finally got a new Weather radio! It helps. Nothing’s happening in our neck of the woods, but Hurricane BUD was one of two Cat 4 storms that spun up on the Pacific side bringing Monsoon rain over the Southwest. They haven’t seen rain for months.  In the Gulf is 91 L looking very much like the previous Invest in the same place. Perhaps it’s the next name storm?? This time headed towards Louisiana and Texas. It’s very active there. Stay well and have a good night. MAy God bless us all.

Isabel




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- “Two Cat 5 Hurricanes in 10 days”
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:07:23 -0400
Last year that was perhaps the most often used phrase. Another haunting phrase 
was from the governor during his evening update, “this could  be the new norm”; 
meaning that the hurricanes from now on could be in the catastrophic range. 
Already this year the eastern Pacific has seen two Cat 4 hurricanes, the first 
two storms of the season! Are we ready ? Just in case. We should always be 
ready for the worse while hoping for the best. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The SAL Very Noticeable..
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:30:20 -0400
Another very “foggy looking” day
With the Saharan dust cover. Just today we were saying how the dust is a  
blessing in disguise. Some waves manage to get through somehow. Good and bad. 
We need the rain, but on the other hand if there is a chance of formation, 
that‘s not good. At the moment the NHC is tracking just such a wave, or Invest 
91L.i suggest you take a look. It’s late and I may have misread “1 Active Storm 
in the Atlantic”.

Hurricane MARIA did a great pruning job on our local red plum tree, which we 
have for many years. It finally gave us a bountiful
harvest of big, sweet, juicy plums.
The yellow plums are due later,  around August,

Ready or not, the storms will come; hopefully no impact.May. God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Still a Disaster Zone...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 23:46:09 -0400
Even though it’s 9 months since Hurricane MARIA, disaster services are being made available again to the local community by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. On the other hand, the race is on by the people desperate to get their roofs repaired, but it’s like molasses going uphill. All construction workers are busy, hard to get consistent ones from what I’ve heard. Some workers start a job and drag it on, probably doing other jobs at the same time. There’s a lot of stress, especially at this time. My own sister’s roof lifted a bit on one side, she has to get it repaired before another storm, her husband is bed ridden. Even the estimates are slow.
Perhaps it will be a calm season, I pray.
May God bless us all.

Isabel

On a lighter note, I took Sunny and Charlie out for a walk. I just could not get them to pose for a photo. They went off in separate directions each time.






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- A Wonderful Sun Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:17:54 -0400
Hope it was wonderful for you also. We actually had a cloud cover, which is 
nicer than a blazing day. More than nice also, was the reappearance of Charlie. 
He was missing since last Thursday and I felt so bad. He is the baby tortoise 
which we had been keeping enclosed for his safety. We have not discovered as 
yet how he got out. His bigger brother, Sunny, keeps him company but sometimes 
he gets to mingle with the older ones.

There is some construction work going on next door. In reality it seems that 
people are using every moment they have to work on repairs. Before we know it 
we are going to have more and more tropical waves from Africa. At the moment 
they are very sparse because of the Saharan dust; they are emerging much lower 
where it is dust free; one wave after another. We must be ready by July. I hope 
and pray we will not have a repeat performance like last season. May God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- Getting Ready
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:23:38 -0400
It’s been another busy day, as you all are I’m sure. We are still doing minor 
repairs. We were told by the “gate man” to leave the gate closed during a 
hurricane, just tie it to the post at the closing end. It took the brunt of 
MARIA, but it shaved off the paint in many places. So, the gate is getting a 
face lift. Here we are 9 months since and recovery is far from complete for 
many people. There are many houses with blue tarps, or blue roofs, which are 
installed and meant to last at least for one year. Also, a hen taught her young 
brood to scratch on one of the little slopes behind the house causing loose 
soil and stones to collect on the walkway. Now a “retaining wall” is being 
built, plants and ground cover added to hopefully strengthen the slope. RAIN we 
will eventually get, most likely in abundance and if it passes slowly that 
means landslides, and flooding in certain zones. Well, I hope that won’t happen 
too soon, in the meanwhile, I’m happy with the occasional rain shower of the 
“watering can” variety. Taking a walk in our lower garden (photos below) does 
wonders, and beautiful sunsets are always a blessing. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Getting Ready
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:11:31 -0400
It’s been another busy day, as you all are I’m sure. We are still doing minor 
repairs. We were told by the “gate man” to leave the gate closed during a 
hurricane, just tie it to the post at the closing end. It took the brunt of 
MARIA, but it shaved off the paint in many places. So, the gate is getting a 
face lift. Here we are 9 months since and recovery is far from complete for 
many people. There are many houses with blue tarps, or blue roofs, which are 
installed and meant to last at least for one year. Also, a hen taught her young 
brood to scratch on one of the little slopes behind the house causing loose 
soil and stones to collect on the walkway. Now a “retaining wall” is being 
built, plants and ground cover added to hopefully strengthen the slope. RAIN we 
will eventually get, most likely in abundance and if it passes slowly that 
means landslides, and flooding in certain zones. Well, I hope that won’t happen 
too soon, in the meanwhile, I’m happy with the occasional rain shower of the 
“watering can” variety. Taking a walk in our lower garden (photos below) does 
wonders, and beautiful sunsets are always a blessing. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Power Outages
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2018 23:53:44 -0400
We had two outages today. The first one coincided with a brief rain shower, so 
I blamed that, however, then there was the sound of sirens from vehicles 
speeding eastward. Later we heard there was a fire. It’s still not clear why we 
lost power. All I know is that my cinnamon rolls  were in the oven, and were 
only half baked. I put them in once again in the afternoon and they turned out 
quite good. A couple months ago, one evening, someone crashed into a utility 
pole  and we had a power outage for about 4 hrs. The second outage today 
happened at midday while we were at a birthday lunch. It coincided with rain of 
longer duration. We were happy;  everything is so dry. When you have an 
electric gate it has to be switched to manual during an outage. None of us like 
pushing/ pulling the gate, but if we want to get out or in, it has to be done. 
Thank God for little hardships. I pray that this season will be kinder. The 
last one brought us a lot of real, big hardships. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Battered Flamboyant Trees
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2018 23:46:51 -0400
I cannot help admiring how the trees are in full bloom after such a vicious 
beating. For a while we thought the bare branches were dead. Not the case, they 
are all blooming now with promises of months of those beautiful orchid-like 
clusters. When we walk down the steps to the lower garden, it’s another world. 
The damage was cleared with help to fill up 30yd bins. There was a lot of 
garden debris after Hurricane MARIA. Now it’s quite a sight pleasing to the 
eye. We’re so happy the trees survived.

Talk about survival! Some people are having trouble coping with the Saharan 
dust. This heavy, dusty air does not bode well with those suffering from Upper 
Respiratory problems. In Guatemala the search and rescue had to be canceled 
partly due to poor air quality and
no further signs of life. It is heartbreaking to see. May God bless them and us 
all.

Isabel

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- A Cloudy, Dusty Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018 17:22:50 -0400
Hi! To that headline, I should add hot and dry! The air felt “heavy”, but now a 
light, refreshing breeze is making a difference. We’re hoping it rains soon. 

So sorry about the volcano eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala. So much suffering 
there. That’s one thing for sure, when it comes to slow creepy, crawly lava, no 
amount of protection can save one’s homes. It cannot be stopped. Volcanic ash 
is a huge problem as well. We all have our disasters, don’t we? I just hope 
everyone gets as much help as we do. Let’s keep them in prayer and may God 
bless us all.

Isabel


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- Looking Ahead
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 21:42:51 -0400
We are getting all kinds of predictions about this hurricane season. It goes 
from “calmer” to 
“Very active” or similar to last year.  There is nothing we can do about  the 
forecasts, but there’s a lot we can do to prepare for s storm. We should be 
good at it after the last season. It’s the incredulity of the rapid succession 
of two Cat. 5 hurricanes within a short space of time that has left people 
baffled to say the least. I think those who can, will leave at the first sign 
of tropical trouble.we hope that we can cope with whatever comes if anything; 
we’re not going anywhere

Our gazebo in the lower garden fared well but the Pink Poui tree came down. It 
did not make it to its full stature of 75ft and we had to trim it down even 
more to pass through to the gazebo. However, it’s still producing those lovely 
pink flowers as if say, “I’m down,  but not out.” We can learn from that.
As we look ahead we can prepare and be ready for a challenge or  two . May God 
bless us all.

Isabel

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- 9 Months Later...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 20:32:56 -0400
Our proud, beautiful, Divi-Divi tree, which stood for many years in the middle 
of our driveway came down with Hurricane MARIA. Though it was not uprooted it 
would not revive. Instead it began drying out. It was a sad sight after such an 
abundant shady canopy for the tortoises  below. But then, one day we noticed 
new foliage on the ground, among them baby D trees, and a Noni Tree. A cancer 
healer, an overall medicinal tree. It grows to 20-30 ft with a wide 
circumference. Lots of cool, shady areas for the Red-Footed Tortoises! So we 
lost our beautiful Divi, but we got a variety of plants in exchange. Now all we 
need is rain, a soaker. It’s been very hot and dry. Hope all is well in your 
neck of the woods. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- HOT days, Cool evenings
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2018 20:39:39 -0400
That is, on our hill. Hello again, we’re going to be keeping company every day, and I hope I can send you some brighter photos, but it has been very hazy due to the Saharan dust as usual st this time.
A blessing in disguise. No SAL in the Gulf where ALBERTO made its way 
slowly towards the panhandle from Cuba where it sat around for a while. 
Seven people got killed there and in Havana alone, according to a report on WU, there were 100 mudslides. My husband, who was there many years ago, cannot visualize 100 mudslides. Perhaps it has deteriorated since he was there. ALBERTO’s tentacles killed two in NC and two in Virginia. For a subtropical system it caused tremendous damage and a total of 11 deaths. That means that the rest of the season can only get worse. We shall continue hoping and praying for the best. May God bless us all.

Isabel





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- HOT, Hazy Day !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2018 16:52:54 -0400
It’s enough to wilt even human flowers! Nevertheless, it did not hinder me from 
trying another of Jenny’s bread recipes; this time Crusty Rolls. We do not have 
air conditioning, even so, our WAPA bill came to $600. (accordingly using a 50 
day cycle.) I found out from a woman I know at a housing project that she 
received the same  
bill! She was horrified! Electricity is great, but beware of spotty outages 
that play havoc on fancy electronic appliances like our GE wall oven!  We have 
already spent a mint on repairs.$100. an hour just for trouble shooting to find 
the source of the problem. So, to avoid any further trouble we turn the circuit 
breaker on and off to use the oven. It’s a nuisance, but worth it. Ahhhhh, 
electricity! What delicacies come out of that oven!
So much for that! I have to feed the tortoises! Have a wonderful evening. May 
God bless us all!

Isabel

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- Hurricane Season 2018
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 19:24:56 -0400
Hello, StormCarib family and friends beyond!

We are in suspense this year as to how the season will develop. The CSU indicated a less active year. The Weather Channel said that because of the cooler waters in the Atlantic there should be less activity in the Caribbean, however, in 1989 when all went north, HUGO, came straight to St. Croix, causing massive devastation. “It only takes one”.

I am concerned about all the folks who are still working at getting their houses repaired, especially the roofs. Workers are hard to find unless it’s a big job. Those who have smaller jobs have to wait or try to get it done themselves. It’s a race not only to prepare for the season, but to rebuild as fast as possible. The temporary blue roofs are not going to hold even with a minimal tropical storm. RAIN will be a big issue this season if ALBERTO is any example.

The official number of deaths in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane MARIA is staggering — 4,600!

As was reported on WU “ future hurricanes will be stronger, slower, wetter” .  Not good at all. So, we hope and pray, if possible, that everyone in the Caribbean be spared, especially those who suffered catastrophic damage during the last season.

May God bless us all,
Isabel







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