Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Hurricane Earl tidbits

I've been looking around the great world wide web for information on boats in St Martin and the Virgin Islands in regards to how we fared against Hurricane Earl. I haven't seen too much so far but maybe that's because a lot of people still don't have power and/or internet service.

Here's a post on the Cruisers Forum from St Martin that has a short video and two photos of boats in Simpson Bay Lagoon. If they can't remove the wrecks, they really need to secure them so they will not move in future storms and cause further havoc.

According to Hans Meevis' Jewelry Blog, Dutch Sint-Maarten experienced 165 power failures last year. That adds up to 3 weeks of total downtime. Good old GEBE... He has a few good photos of hurricane damage.

I mentioned the photos from The BVI Beacon yesterday that has various photos from Tortola BVI.

I was surprised to see video and photos from Frederiksted. Much nastier over there than here in Gallows Bay, Christiansted.

Here's a video taken at 6pm from the Holiday Inn on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront. He says a few things that are inaccurate such as it is a category 4 and could even be a 5.  Also, the brown water is crap that comes out of the "guts" or drainage ditches that empties into Long Bay. Quite often this trash is blamed on the boaters but just look at the ditch behind MacDonalds in Frenchtown that is waiting for a good rain to be washed out into the sea. (This is one of my pet peeves... can't you tell?) this part of Long Bay is especially bad when the swell comes in because they are reflected off of the wall.

Here's a video of a plane landing at the St Maarten Airport. It is a great tourist attraction.

Here's a 5-minute video of Hurricane Earl and St Croix USVI. I haven't been able to watch it because my connection just got really S..L..O..W...

NEW (SEPT 2): Here's a story on Latitude 38 'Lectronic Latitude with pictures from Tortola

See my previous Hurricane Earl posts.

I have a bit of a rant to do but don't have time right now as we have to get ready catch the 10:30 bus to go shopping.  But first, we have to drag that catamaran's mooring away so we won't get tangled in it.

So It Goes...