Irene- Sit Rep!
Okay, here on the east end of St Thomas, gusty winds, especially when you go out by the National Guard/stop light at the top of the hill. Food Center closing at 5. They said there is a curfew. What is going on over on St Croix? From the radar, it looks like the center is threading the needle between our two islands.
Wind is about 45 MPH over Sapphire beach. There is a LOT of rain. Can't see the beach or St. John. Expect tghis to last until 8-9 PM.
No cable, but we still have power but I am ready when it goes.
Ny nephew is on a 38 foot boat off Jessep and he4 said it is rocking and rolling out there.
I think the worst is over. On STX, it seemed to peak around 5-6pm.
"is this how the storms usually go?"
Every storm is different. It depends on the category (i.e. wind speed), how close you are to the eye, how fast the eye moves, whether the eye passes north or south, what side of the hill you live on, how much it rains, etc. Most storms are mild, and you have to go through "the drill" (putting things away and putting up shutters) about once a year. Every 5-10 years, a whopper passes through, and you wait days or weeks for power to come back.
I find Stormpulse.com is a great website to know what to expect. I also think the radio station Sunny 99.5 FM has accurate updates (you can listen to it live online), the meteorologist always seems to be on top of it of what to expect. BTW, if you have an iphone, go to i.wund.com...you can actually see the images of what's over your island/area and get a glimpse of how long it will take to pass over you.
What Bob said!(tu)
Usually if you are in or near the center of circulation, you will have a first half, intermission and second half. Just like "Lawrence of Arabia" or a football game.
No cable, thank heaven for Netflix. Power here was winking earlier. We have all our electronics on UPS. Haven't closed the shutters, but we are pretty snug so far.
It's still blowing up on Hermon Hill but not as sustained - there are a few lulls in between some pretty decent gusts. According to NOAA wind is out of the SSE and it looks like we have another hour or this until the center passes further west. Peak seemed to be around 8pm and it sure sounded like a cat 1. Hope everyone was prepared, and is safe!
All I can say right now is HOLY CRAP! Just when you think the wind and rain can't blow any harder, they do!!! I am tired of this now and waiting for the rest of it to pass. I thought it would be gone in an hour but it's still going strong! Looks like within the next hour it will subside.