Soon Come - TS Earl
Curfew passes come from VIPD, based upon individual circumstances.
For those who are wondering: Curfews are imposed after a damaging storm goes through, and almost nobody is allowed on the streets. I think it's for safety reasons, to prevent people from driving or walking into downed objects, and maybe to prevent looting. For Omar on STX in mid-October 2008, if my memory serves, curfew was dusk to dawn for the few couple of nights, then it started later and later each evening, and after about a week, it was removed.
They also issue a few to the hotels so that their early and late shifts can get to work and home again. Although after Omar one of our Front Desk agents was stopped on the way home. She asked the officer if what she was wearing looked like something she'd be wearing if she'd not just came from work? He let her go on home. lol.
At NHC, the 5pm forecast has Hurricane Earl tracking more to the north than before. PR and STX now have a Tropical Storm Warning (STX was a Hurricane Warning before, I think), and the rest of the VI have a Hurricane Warning.
Also, the NHC blurb is: "...EARL STRENGTHENS...HEADING TOWARD THE NORTHERNMOST LEEWARD ISLANDS...CONDITIONS DETERIORATING SOON... " I was hoping that, since "conditions are favorable for development" is bad, then "conditions deteriorating soon" would be good, but I don't think so!
For the "CONDITIONS DETERIORATING SOON" blurb, I'm looking at the NHC home page: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
For the watches and warnings, I'm looking at
Now that I look closer at the coloring, PR/STX are simultaneously under a Hurricane Watch / Tropical Storm Warning (pink/blue), and the rest of the VI is under a Hurricane Warning (red)
In the public advisory, it lumps all of the USVI into a simultaneous Hurricane Watch / Tropical Storm Warning:
The info is updated every 3 hours, so look fast! What I said may change after 8pm.
aussie: We had the watch all day yesterday, so the warning shouldn't be a surprise. These early feeder bands have been a surprise though. Earl is doing some pruning of the landscape over here.
Rules to remember:
Wear sturdy, closed toed shoes.
Don't go outside in the gusts.
When it is time to clean up, start at your front porch and work out.
Yoda has spoken.;)
They just installed a new weather radar in June over on St Maarten. Check it out.
Go down to St Maarten and click on "Cappi".
aussie: We had the watch all day yesterday, so the warning shouldn't be a surprise.
The only surprise here is that they waited so long to issue the warning. I think NHC was banking on a more northerly track. Hurricane warnings do not necessarily follow hurricane watches.
Yup, Earl is doing some pruning over here too.