Here It Comes (Earl)!
I JUST SPOKE TO A FRIEND WHO IS ON EMERALD HILL (STT) AND HIS POWER WENT OUT. SAYS BRANCHES ARE DOWN EVERYWHERE. CALLED WAPA AND THEY SAID THERE ARE LOTS OF LINES DOWN. SAYS HE RAIN COMES IN BLASTS. HIGHEST TIME WILL BE ABOUT 4:00PM. POLICE SAY NO TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS.
MY HOUSE IS LIKE A TURTLE.
Jay from the looks of the radar the worst just now passed us.
I have a power line draped across my front porch - YIKES! Of course there is no power so it's not a major problem right now. CAlled 911 to ask them to check before they turn the power back on. Will go out at first light and try to move the broken trees limbs from the driveway so they can get here.
i love paradise - truly I do!
Phewwwww ... happy to see Earl make his exit. I hope everyone survived with no major damage.
We spent part of our last minute preparation herding cats, they didn't seem to mind being herded, what a surprise! They're outdoor cats, formerly feral, now tamed and named. We put a couple in the shed, a few in the garage, and made a "cat fort" on the back porch. All are present and accounted for today. I expect we'll make a 2nd "cat fort" on the front porch ... next time.
I feel very fortunate, we only lost power for about an hour at 6:30 a.m., cable tv (Innovative) was off and on (better than I expected), had our internet connection (BBVI) the entire day as far as I noticed. Very happy to have had minimal interruptions to our "modern-day conveniences"! We live mid-island, Constitution Hill, facing the south, so we probably didn't get nearly as much nasty weather as other parts of the island. Looking around the yard, mostly lots of leaves and small branches to clean up, and a pool that is looking rather swampy ... won't be going for a swim today!
Skyline and the northside of STT appear to be the hardest hit. Power lines and trees down all over. Downtown area seemed ok. Wapa vehicles out surveying the lines. I am glad to report that the gorgeous Flamboyant tree at Drakes Seat did just fine and still has the flowers!! A bright spot on a very messy island
Be safe all
I'm interested in status report for Water Island. I understand that winds reported at Cyril King airport - gusts up to 69 mph. Though, at higher elevation, once Earl moved to the west, wind gusts probably exceeded 69 mph and assume the west side of Water Island got hammered. Understand there were some boats loose from their moorings. A few aground in Honeymoon. Downed trees. Anyone on Water Island (RockyDock?) up online?
Buck: What kind of poet do you need? I can whip up a limerick.
Here's a timely article:
"Hurricane Earl may test IT teleworkers"