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NEWS UPDATE: 10:35 am 9/1/10

Caribbean Storm Update

The Caribbean is a sunny paradise for most of the year; however, in the early fall tropical storms can sweep through the area and disrupt vacation plans. The months of September and October are when you are most likely to see tropical storms in the area.

Update for Wednesday, September 1

As of 8 am EDT Wednesday Tropical Storm Fiona was located about 145 miles to the east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands with top winds near 60 mph. Fiona was moving toward the west-northwest at 15 mph.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Tropical storm watches have been posted for the northern Leeward Islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. Tropical storm conditions are possible on those islands within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Update for Tuesday Afternoon, August 31

In Anguilla, there is currently no electricity and the airport is closed. It should be reopening this afternoon. They are expecting Tropical storm Fiona to come through tomorrow.

There is no electricity in Virgin Gorda, although most of the homes have their own generators. The phones are fine and the beaches are open.

In St John, some power lines are down in Cruz Bay. Rainfall was minimal and there is not much runoff. Phones are mostly fine.

St Thomas phones are fine, as the eye of the storm was about 25 miles away from Wimco villas.

Winair is currently flying, with delays, from both St Maarten and San Juan.

Update for Tuesday Morning, August 31

As of 11am EDT Tuesday Tropical Storm Fiona was located about 450 miles to the east of the Leeward Islands with top winds near 40 mph. Fiona was moving toward the west-northwest at 24 mph. Due to the fast motion of Fiona tropical storm watches have been posted for the northern Leeward Islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. Tropical storm conditions are possible on those islands within the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, a tropical storm warning is now in effect for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Due to its proximity to Hurricane Earl, its fast movement and wind shear Fiona is expected to strengthen very slowly. It is not expected to become a hurricane at this time.

Update for Monday, August 30

Tropical storm EARL was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane overnight and passed to the East of the Leeward Islands on Monday, August 30. The islands of Anguilla and St Martin were closest to the storm, with St Barts also impacted.

One of our local contacts said that St Barts had very high winds and rain, but that it seems much calmer now. She heard radio reports that storm swells hit the areas of Sereno/Guanahani hotels and Gustavia. Several seaside restaurants are flooded. A curfew is in place to protect people, and it has been extended to 9PM tonight. There were power outages in some places, and we’ve been told that the power will be restored by Tuesday morning.

All Wimco clients were either given emergency provisions in their villas and/or were relocated to safer accommodations. Phone service is out in some places, and as soon as it is restores our local contacts will contact Wimco clients on the island to make certain that they are ok. Airports are scheduled to reopen Tuesday afternoon.

For live updates and current hurricane tracking:
http://www.weather.com/newscenter/hurricanecentral/update/index.html
http://stormcarib.com/
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml

Tropical Cyclone Categories:
Tropical Depression: 20 knots/23mph
Tropical Storm: 34 knots/39mph
Category 1 Hurricane: 64 knots/74 mph
Category 2 Hurricane: 84 knots/96 mph
Category 3 Hurricane: 97 knots/111 mph
Category 4 Hurricane: 114 knots/131 mph
Category 5 Hurricane: 136 knots/156 mph

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