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East Ender
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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.

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2011 8:49 pm
speee1dy
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we have gusty winds and rain-we did put up the shutters. too much rain was coming on the gallery. i think it is supposed to pass at around 8pm

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Posted : August 21, 2011 9:10 pm
STX46
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The eye has been over St Croix for at least 30 minutes; we are waiting on the back side of Irene

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Posted : August 21, 2011 10:13 pm
billd
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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.

billd

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Posted : August 21, 2011 10:34 pm
Ric
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Dead calm on STX as the eye passes over us. Creepy.
Waiting for the other shoe to fall.

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Posted : August 21, 2011 10:40 pm
STXjill
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Our power went out at 5:00, it's been quiet (wind wise) for almost an hour. The winds are now starting again. We're mid-island, constitution hill facing the South shore. I smell the refinery blowing in this direction ... peeeuuuuw! 🙂

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Posted : August 21, 2011 10:43 pm
dxphy
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seems for the sure St. Croix had to deal with the eye of irene

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Posted : August 21, 2011 11:20 pm
Bombi
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pretty wild on the East End of STX, easy 50 MPH big gusts, tropical rain, lot's of noise

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Posted : August 21, 2011 11:30 pm
lunkerlou
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we are newer to the island....first tropical storm. is this how the storms usually go? calm, then they pick up, etc? anybody know how bad it's supposed to get?

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Posted : August 21, 2011 11:42 pm
STXBob
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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.

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Posted : August 21, 2011 11:50 pm
stj
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lunkerlou:

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.

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Posted : August 21, 2011 11:56 pm
East Ender
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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.

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2011 11:59 pm
aussie
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I think the worst is over. On STX, it seemed to peak around 5-6pm.

Uh...yeah. I'm thinkin' probably not. All the power in this puppy is on the east and north sides. She's just starting to strut her stuff.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 1:00 am
islandjoan
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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!

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Posted : August 22, 2011 2:41 am
islandjoan
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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.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 4:04 am
East Ender
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Storms do seem to last longer than you think they should!;)

Things don't seem to be too bad here. A few palm fronds down. No AT&T, cable or WAPA.

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Topic starter Posted : August 22, 2011 10:58 am
Ronnie
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No AT & T? Mine has worked. Just got my Choice Internet back a half hour ago or so. Dish network no problems. WAPA never failed here thankfully.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 1:57 pm
East Ender
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Of course, WAPA wouldn't cut you off, Ronnie!;) Maybe the AT&T thing is an east end deal?? Guess I'm glad we haven't gotten rid of the land line, as it worked perfectly.

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Topic starter Posted : August 22, 2011 2:23 pm
LItoVI
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No AT&T here on the west end of St John either. Power has been on and off a few times.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 4:43 pm
BeachcomberStt
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With Sprint can't make phone or receive phone calls. STT. Anybody have more info. on Sprint?
Heard AT&T is having problems in the East End area. Don't know about any other areas on island-STT.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 5:12 pm
speee1dy
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was wondering about att on stx- does it work any where

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Posted : August 22, 2011 6:44 pm
li2stx
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i am in christiansted town and it is not working. heard it might be working around schooner bay

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Posted : August 22, 2011 7:01 pm
speee1dy
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thank you

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Posted : August 22, 2011 7:26 pm
li2stx
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no problem, if you find a spot that is working let us know.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 7:29 pm
Bombi
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I am in Golden Rock STX Using AT%T, text works, slow internet but no cell service, no wait, no service again, nada.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 7:46 pm
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