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Maria's winds

islandjoan
October 04, 2017 02:09PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,331

Found this on wunderground cat 6 maria slams st croix

Maria raked the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix (population 50,000) with its outer eyewall on the strong (right front) side of the eye, between about 1 – 3 am EDT Wednesday morning, but the island missed seeing the Category 5 winds of the inner eyewall, which remained just offshore to the south.

The highest winds officially observed on the island were at Cotton Valley RAWS, located on the east end of St. Croix: sustained at 99 mph, gusting to 136 mph, at 2:13 am EDT.

A WeatherFlow station at Sandy Point, on the island's southwest tip, observed sustained winds of 100-104 mph, gusting to 137 mph.

Even stronger winds likely occurred somewhere across the island's west end, but we don’t know how strong, since the wind measuring equipment at the St. Croix airport and the Lime Tree Bay Buoy failed.

According to the Quicklook page at NOAA’s Tides and Currents, Christiansted Harbor on the north side of St. Croix observed a storm surge of two feet. The pressure at a personal weather station on the southwest tip of St. Croix fell to 954 mb at 1:48 am, when the eye made its closest pass to the island.

Re: Maria's winds

Matt T
October 05, 2017 08:12AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 255

I think it goes without saying but I'll say it anyways. The farther west you go on St. Croix, the worse the damage. So its no surprise the cotton valley station only saw 99 mph with 136 mph gusts. When I drive out east, its quite obvious that part of the island was spared significant damage. Now the fact that Limetree and airport anemometers failed should indicate wind speeds were quite a bit higher than in Cotton Valley. On the northshore, as you go from Salt River to Carambola, the damage gets progressively worse. I haven't been out to F'sted but I hear its quite bad there.

Just wanted to state the obvious.

Re: Maria's winds

islandjoan
October 05, 2017 08:58AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,331

Yeah Matt you can also see that on the NOAA site that shows the damage from Maria.

Hurricane Maria Imagery

Re: Maria's winds

LiquidFluoride
October 05, 2017 09:09AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,923

Quote
Matt T
I think it goes without saying but I'll say it anyways. The farther west you go on St. Croix, the worse the damage. .... I haven't been out to F'sted but I hear its quite bad there.

Just wanted to state the obvious.

yeah..99 mph winds maybe at 10pm and 4am.. but in between it was far faster.. My solar panels are rated to 140mph and I lost 4 of them off my roof.

Here's video of before and after out west (I live west of Kmart-west, and drove to F'sted)

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Re: Maria's winds

Gumbo
October 10, 2017 08:26PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 456

The center of Irma was 14 miles to the east of the STT Airport. We were told the east end was the hardest hit. It seems that I run into catastophic damage all over. Tornados I guess. I think all of us took our blows wink

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