Hurricane Omar - 17 hours and counting
Well, we're all batten down at the house. Very dark and overcast, but no rain or wind yet. Ric has left for the Buccaneer with our suitcase and I will follow shortly. We'll ride it out there, we'll both be working. I've decided it's a really good place to spend my first island hurricane. I am worried about the cat. We've only had her for 8 months. She'll be safe enough here and have food and water. But she's used to going in and out at will and is already pissed that she can't get out. God willing, we'll be back in 24-36 hours.
Everybody stay safe. I'll try and post later from the hotel.
Check this .... http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/carb/loop-ft.html
extra gas and full tank...check
tie down everythign/clear patio...check
200' up and no plywood for sliding glass doors.....UHOH
bottle of chilled Grand Marnier in the freezer..check LOL
If this storm goes past CAT 2, im gonna head over to my friends house, more concrete, smaller wndows!!
OMAR is gonna flood the place out, im gonna be on bucket & mop patrol all night, this is gonna be interesting!
Make sure your friends and family have a secure place to ride OMAR out. Help others prepare!
Anything i forgot?
As a renewable energy guy, it pained me to buy a gas generator, but until i get my mobile solar generator down here, its gonna have to do for now!
I'll be doing updates as the day progresses, i have a great view of c-sted and buck island, im gonna see OMAR approach!
Good luck and be safe all. GET PREPARED!!!
Taking a break from preparations . . . just took down the hammock and moved some lose potted plants. Now we need to move the scrap wood that our neighbor has sitting out from building a deck (he thinks they'll be fine tucked into the corner but I'm not comfortable with that).
Linda, I'm glad you and Ric will be at the hotel... I wish we had known about your cat, you could have brought her up here. One of our three cats is an indoor/outdoor cat and she is being a little pissy about having to stay in. All of the animals are freaked out, both dogs and two of the cats are pressed against my feet right now. I can no longer feel my toes.
We are as prepared as we are going to be... gas for the genny, plenty of food and drinking water, important papers and favorite books are watertight. It pays to pay attention to the old timers when making your hurricane kit. 🙂
Good luck, everyone!
Hi, this is my first hurricane. We have been getting things ready. Our old 2 floor building up behind cuzzins and subway off of back street on STT seems to be a fortress so we are staying here. Would you hunker down on the upper (flooding) or lower (roof gone)? Its not too late to do either one. Thanx for any advice.
I just drove from the industrial park near the airport to Mt. Welcome east of C'stead. Roads were holding up on the route we took which was East Airport road to 75.
The flooding in my basement apartment has begun, takes a lot of water for that to happen...I got my tenant a wet vac but of course when power goes out that option goes away and its going to get worse.
I decided to leave my Satellite Dishes up, hopefully that wasn't a mistake although as I drive around the island I notice that all dishes seem to still be up.
Wooden shutters are shut, food and water bought, hand crank flashlight/radio ready to go, batteries charged on everything chargeable and little 2 stroke generator also ready to go. This is my first hurricane, excitedly nervous here on Mt. Welcome STX.
Good luck everyone, lets hope nothing bad happens to anyone.
Just got a view on the weather channel of St. Croix flooding. It looked pretty bad. But on the good side it looks like the storm continues to go further east. STT looks like 50 MPH winds or so. St. Croix a little more and more rain.
I just hope everything is OK as I am stuck here in San Juan.
It's 10:50 and the Buccaneer is ready. All the guests have been moved to the main building and will gather in the lobby (safest place) at 11:00 pm to ride it out. About 70 guests and 25 staff. Our fall back position is the laundry and what we loving call the "dungeon" which is completely underground. Hope it doesn't come to that.
The greathouse at the Buccaneer is amazing. I'm sitting in my office on the ground floor, no windows and the building is not budging. But the noise is picking up as the wind gets stronger. I have a sleeping room right next to the lobby and I'm supposed to try to get some sleep, my shift starts at 7 am, but it's hard to relax. And the satellite is gone so no TV.
You must be reading it in km/h I've been following the Bucaneer's weathergauge here. Top winds of 80.5 mph
A WAPA spokesperson on the radio said that you all lost power on St Croix at one point ("the plant went down" ) and that over here only some feeders (7) were out. We never lost power on the east end of St Thomas. Public Works called for road crews- I have a feeling the flooding was the big problem.