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- Beryl
  • By Douglas <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 09:44:58 -0400
Good morning everyone.  On St.John VI. It is a rainy windy day thus far, 95/100’s of an inch of rain since dawn, winds approximately 15 knots with gusts up to 35. Just this past 10 minutes the rain has stopped,winds are down too. I hope it starts again because we have been so dry that the land and cisterns can use it.  Beryl was predicted to be further south but I’m happy we received some rain because yesterday everybody was saying we may not get anything. All is well here , just dark clouds and light winds at the moment. If anything significant occurs I will repost. Oh, the photo is from my wife, shows Coral Bay through the sliding door and my still broken Irma railings, ( priorities you know) It just started raining again. Good luck everybody.











- Fwd: we need rain, no wind.
  • By Douglas <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 13:41:14 -0400


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Subject: Fwd: we need rain, no wind.
Date: July 7, 2018 at 12:51:03 PM AST



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Subject: Fwd: we need rain, no wind.
Date: July 7, 2018 at 11:23:16 AM AST
To: stj at stormcarib.c0m

Hello everybody. On St.John we don’t anticipate much wind from Beryl but we could really use some rain. We still have thousands of dead trees from Irma that occasionally look green because of vines growing on them. The attached picture is Coral Bay and part of Bordeaux Mountain and you can see that is parched. Harder to see is the sargassum sea weed that is rotting at the shoreline. That said, things have progressed pretty well since last September (lots of building supplies,food ,gas, FEMA, volunteers,etc)  but there are still many many damaged homes with blue tarps along with businesses that will never be rebuilt. Everyday people like myself find themselves wearing a lot of different hats and working every day to fix their property. I’m ready for hurricane season as far as shutters and alternative power go but lots of people are just living in their homes without proper protection from potential strong storms. I pray Beryl falls apart or misses the islands all together and we can get through this season without any major storms. God Bless every one this Hurricane Season.

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Subject: Dry dry
Date: July 7, 2018 at 10:48:05 AM AST
To: crabbyswatersports <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>





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- Things Improving; still much to do
  • By Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 13:25:47 -0400
Hi Group -

Weather-wise, it has been a lovely spring on St. John. Getting a bit dry; some 
sargassum in spots, but most of the shoreline free of it.  

Just want you to know we are alive and well on St. John.   We do have visitors 
coming through who actually are saying how beautiful the landscape looks. Some 
are first-timers; others are repeat visitors who say they are very glad to be 
back.  We also have volunteer groups who have been helping right along to get 
people back in their homes, so this is really a mixed bag.  Vacationers, 
volunteers, and other helpers are welcome and needed.  The island is far from 
where it was before the storm, and will take years before it looks close to 
where it was.  But this is a beautiful place, even after two cat-5 storms. 

The good news is, many businesses are open, the beaches are open (some of the 
beach facilities - including  Cinnamon, and the two large hotels, Caneel and 
the Westin - are closed).  Quite a few of the rental houses are ready; that’s 
on a case-by-case basis. All Hands and Heart, Love for Love City, many of the 
church groups, the various community foundations - all are busy doing what they 
can to get people back to livable conditions as we head through another storm 
season.  For those thinking about coming down on vacation, yes; as long as you 
understand it will not look exactly like you remember it.  But the St. John 
vibe is still there.  People are remarkably positive given what has happened.  
It is always tough to go through something like this, and see people you know 
and care for in worse shape than you are.  

The recovery is going to take time. We need to rebuild a school, clinic and 
many other things. If you had a lot of damage, getting things fixed has likely 
been slow, but there is some forward movement. We have been told by contractors 
on the Coral Bay side that less than one in four damaged homes will be ready 
for storm season (a closed roof, shutters, gutters, windows and doors).  That 
is because the need still outpaces the workforce and the available construction 
materials.  


Sending love! 

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