Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/04/17 11:17 AM
107.77.253.3
Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

BULLETIN
Hurricane Irma Advisory Number 21
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017
1100 AM AST Mon Sep 04 2017

...HURRICANE WARNINGS ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS...
...HURRICANE WATCHES ISSUED FOR THE BRITISH AND U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
AND PUERTO RICO...


SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
-----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...16.8N 53.3W
ABOUT 560 MI...905 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...120 MPH...195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 255 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...944 MB...27.88 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The government of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Warning for the
islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and
Nevis. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the British Virgin
Islands.

The government of the Netherlands has issued a Hurricane Warning for
the islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.

The government of France has issued a Hurricane Warning for St.
Martin and Saint Barthelemy. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for
Guadeloupe.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands,
Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra.

The government of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for
Dominica.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis
* Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten
* Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Guadeloupe
* British Virgin Islands
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Dominica

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued
36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-
force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be
rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before
the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds,
conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos
Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas should monitor the progress of
Irma.


Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/04/17 11:23 AM
107.77.253.3
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

48 hour outlook is 145 mph winds, when it is 20 miles from SXM..

...and long range, this thing is possibly headed for the Gulf of Mexico? Wow..


kim
(Traveler)
09/04/17 11:31 AM
24.181.183.47
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Response to BeachKitten on the other thread. Condo at Cupecoy Beach club, ocean front, but is on a cliff, just not much "realestate" in front of it. Hurricane shutters are down. Porches cleared out and it is first floor. Saving grace is it's the west side of the island. But remember Luis!

pat
(Traveler)
09/04/17 11:44 AM
75.133.113.202
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

To Kim because I love you.........

Take a deep breath - I know it's a lot easier to say than to do but I'm thinking and hoping you and your new island home will be okay, all things taken in consideration. Those condos have withstood a lot of years and a lot of storms and you do have seemingly caring on-site managers who, by all appearances so far, go way out of their way to keep everything in tiptop condition.

And to all our island friends and acquaintances because we care......

Prayers for the people of the islands who, from the looks of things, may need every prayer they can get. Hopefully by now they've taken all the precautions and purchased all the necessary provisions, and like all of us, they wait. And there's still a slight hope the storm could veer out to sea and head further north, not that we wish this storm on anyone else or anywhere else.


Homebrew
(Member)
09/04/17 12:49 PM
68.35.166.101
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I got lucky today , we were due to fly in on the 9th, the owner of our villa gave me full credit for our rental without even asking for it and delta waved all the fees and returned all my skymiles used plus gave me a credit for my tickets to use at a later date. It just sucks that our vacation had to be canceled at the last minute. Our problems of canceling a vacation are very trivial compared to the residents in harms way those people need a lot of thoughts and prayers

wabid
(Traveler)
09/04/17 01:56 PM
12.180.228.88
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Here is a link to the ST. Maarten Red Cross

http://afdeling.rodekruis.nl/afdeling/stmaarten/what-you-can-do/donor


moxie
(Traveler)
09/04/17 02:19 PM
184.151.36.107
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Just read on FB that the airport is clsing on Tuesday at 2:00 pm

o2bnsxm
(Traveler)
09/04/17 02:19 PM
65.13.175.190
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Good luck everyone !! Stay safe ! We went through Gonzalos (sp?) at Club O in studio #18 or #20 can't remember, and it was a horrible experience. They kept thinking it was going to bypass the Island, then it hit. Tiko Tiko ended up on the beach next to Papagayo. No way I would go through that again. Head to the airport and get out now if you can. You can always return when things have returned to normal.

sasasal
(Traveler)
09/04/17 02:43 PM
24.102.161.71
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Yup that's good advice for those that do not live on Island or vacationers. But there are people that need to stay, and those that need to oversee the damage...If you live there, or own property there!!! You need to face this head on. No one will repair but owners.. Yes stay safe, but there are people that can not just get off the Island. And there are those that will have to travel back to oversee damage...If your taking a vacation this week? Cancel for sure... the only invested interest for you is your vacation... I would not come on Island unless its free of this monster... For my long time friends in St.M. Gods speed... We know this has to bring back ugly memorys for you... Lets all pray this hurricane starts to pick up speed. Sitting and pounding is not good.

RichnSandyNC
(Traveler)
09/04/17 05:06 PM
71.1.31.162
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

The 5:00 PM advisory from the NHC is not good. Now a Cat 4, with the forecasted track only about 15 miles NNE of Tintamarre.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


sasasal
(Traveler)
09/04/17 05:13 PM
24.102.161.71
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

direct hit... not good. No way, will this not cause destruction... How much? We that own or live there will know for sure... Others will just be troubled by vacations.. I wish I could feel bad but right now, I feel bad for property owners and residents...

luvitinsxm
(Traveler)
09/04/17 05:44 PM
75.138.66.176
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I've been watching this for days and now I'm really worried for SXM. It's up to a Cat 4 with sustained winds predicted to be 150mph. Please folks, listen to the warnings and take shelter. This thing is getting close.

fabila
(Traveler)
09/04/17 07:05 PM
148.74.249.46
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

The Prime Minister of Sint Maarten had 2 meetings uploaded on YouTube where he talks about preparedness, etc
link


o2bnsxm
(Traveler)
09/04/17 07:24 PM
65.13.175.190
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

We are watching the track also. New Orleans could very well be in the "line of fire". However, right now our hopes and Prayers are with those of you on SXM and nearby.

BerneandGary
(Traveler)
09/04/17 10:08 PM
72.177.91.7
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I am so ready for hurricane season to be over - first Harvey, here in Texas where we live, now Irma heading to St. Martin, our favorite vacation spot & where we have many friends, then it looks like Irma may head to Florida, where our son lives in Tampa - will it ever end!!

Bluesfan
(Traveler)
09/04/17 10:12 PM
108.12.201.228
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

September is hurricane month and it has just begun.

BerneandGary
(Traveler)
09/04/17 10:35 PM
72.177.91.7
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Know all about that - lived in South Florida for quite a few years & have been through 2 hurricanes - still want it to be over - as much as I like summer, I hate hurricane season!

sasasal
(Traveler)
09/04/17 10:47 PM
24.102.161.71
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Have to agree!!!! All it takes is one big one to shut everything down, and cause major destruction... this does not look good at all. God watch over my friends and please watch over our home...

bksm
(Traveler)
09/04/17 10:49 PM
47.197.16.118
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Quote:

BerneandGary said:
then it looks like Irma may head to Florida, where our son lives in Tampa - will it ever end!!




Tampa hasn't had a direct hurricane hit since 1921. I hope that doesn't mean we're due.


Bahston
(Traveler)
09/04/17 10:58 PM
96.233.64.153
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I'm looking at projected tracks and intensities around the area, and I'm reminded of Luis. Hopefully, if Irma is that close, she'll have more forward speed and not linger over the island.

mahokid
(Traveler)
09/04/17 11:36 PM
72.252.9.226
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Crazy at airport today with so many people waiting on standby for already booked flights.
So some unknown reason American added a early morning flight
to Miami. Wife booked last 2 seats with some kindness from the sales agent at American.
Faith helped us find out about this flight.
Donated about $200.00 worth of food to friends that are riding it out. Had enough food, water and alcohol for several days, never even got to the cured meats, fish pates and cheeses. Certainly will miss several planned restaurants.
Our thoughts and prayers are now for those staying on the island.
Hope to have our first 9 days journal soon.


jmbcomms
(Traveler)
09/05/17 05:19 AM
73.167.75.90
5 am Tuesday Advisory


000
WTNT31 KNHC 050846
TCPAT1

BULLETIN
Hurricane Irma Advisory Number 24
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017
500 AM AST Tue Sep 05 2017

...DANGEROUS HURRICANE IRMA HEADING FOR THE LEEWARD ISLANDS WITH 150
MPH WINDS...


SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...16.6N 57.0W
ABOUT 320 MI...515 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...150 MPH...240 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...937 MB...27.67 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The government of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for
Dominica.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis
* Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten
* Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy
* British Virgin Islands
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Guadeloupe

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Guadeloupe
* Dominica

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued
36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-
force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
dangerous. In this case, for some of easternmost islands, the
hurricane conditions are expected within the next 24 hours.
Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to
completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area in this case within 36
hours.

Interests in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos
Islands, Cuba, and the southeastern and central Bahamas should
monitor the progress of Irma.

For storm information specific to your area in the United
States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please
monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service
forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside
the United States, please monitor products issued by your national
meteorological service.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the distinct eye of Hurricane Irma was
located near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 57.0 West. Irma is
moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the
west-northwest tonight. On the forecast track, the core of Irma
will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands
tonight and early Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph (240 km/h)
with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. A NOAA Hurricane Hunter
plane is scheduled to be in the eye of Irma within the hour.

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day
or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4
hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles
(220 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 937 mb (27.67 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large
breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as 6 to 9 feet
above normal tide levels along the coasts of the extreme northern
Leeward Islands within the hurricane warning area near and to the
north of the center of Irma. Near the coast, the surge will be
accompanied by large and destructive waves.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause
normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters
moving inland from the shoreline. The water is expected to reach
the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the
time of high tide...

British and U.S. Virgin Islands except St. Croix...4 to 6 ft
Northern coast of Puerto Rico...2 to 4 ft
Southern coast of Puerto Rico and St. Croix...1 to 2 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of
onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and
destructive waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative
timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over
short distances. For information specific to your area, please see
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
office.

WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane
warning area by tonight, with tropical storm conditions
beginning later today. Tropical storm conditions are expected within
the tropical storm warning area where hurricane conditions are also
possible.

RAINFALL: Irma is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations
of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches across
the northern Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands,
and Puerto Rico. These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening
flash floods and mudslides.

SURF: Swells generated by Irma will affect the northern Leeward
Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands
during the next several days. These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult
products from your local weather office.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next intermediate advisory at 800 AM AST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM AST.

$$
Forecaster Avila


RichnSandyNC
(Traveler)
09/05/17 05:34 AM
71.1.31.162
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

I just read the 5:00 AM advisory as well. As noted in Jeff's post, maximum winds have increased to 150 MPH with this strength wind now expanding out to 45 miles (larger than the previous 35 mile core). Unfortunately, the latest track, which by now should be deadly accurate, has moved south a bit; earlier tracks had the eye passing north of Anguilla. Now the path directly hits the island in the middle. Given the wind speed projections, it looks as if all of SXM will be hit with these highest wind speeds.

The very thing we were all hoping not to happen appears to be a certainty. Not good at all.


sxmmartini
(Traveler)
09/05/17 06:23 AM
67.82.202.112
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory



I have no words, just tears...


sasasal
(Traveler)
09/05/17 06:48 AM
24.102.161.71
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

ok. Bye bye house.... This is devastating for sure... And No one will be able to recover as there will be no electric, or water... I hope that most were able to prepare as best they could. We can not, as we are here stressing..

PelicanPirate
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:16 AM
98.29.235.208
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Please listen to official warnings and forecasters.

As an amateur, I was seeing it going south of Sxm with this aviation software plotting software I have days ago, despite the "expert models" saying going north.

I predict, Montserrat and Guadalupe straight on.

SXM is 95nm north of the eye in my plot and may get the edges. Storm would have to turn 13 degrees to the right for eye to hit Sxm.

That said any turm to the north is worse for Sxm.

This is a well defined storm. Now a CAT 5

Praying for structures to hold up to protect people. The rest can be cleaned up and repaired.


Jim_Laraine
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:19 AM
137.103.86.8
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

According to Island 92, most businesses are closed today. Restaurants must close by 5pm. Restaurants inside hotels can stay open. Curfew starts at 8pm tonight.

ruralcarrier
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:30 AM
24.209.195.61
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Daily Herald Article

sxmmartini
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:48 AM
67.82.202.112
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

***Schools Closed on Tuesday. Curfew as of 8.00PM on Tuesday***

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) Prime Minister William Marlin on Monday afternoon chaired his third Emergency Operations Center (EOC) meeting where he was briefed by various Emergency Support Function (ESFs) coordinators with respect to national preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

The country is now under a Hurricane Warning as of 11.00AM on Monday morning. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area.

This warning is issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

School Closure Status:
Schools are closed on Tuesday, September 5 until further notice.

Government Closure:
Government offices are closed on Tuesday, September 5 until further notice. Emergency services will operate as normal. Essential services will operate as they prepare for the arrival and passage of Hurricane Irma.

Business Closure Status:
It is mandatory that all businesses including casinos close at 12.00 PM on Tuesday, September 5, with the exception of Supermarkets, Hardware stores, Restaurants, Pharmacies, Gas stations, and Bakeries, which are allowed to remain open until 5.00 PM on Tuesday, September 5, as they provide essential services/products in preparing for the hurricane.

Only restaurants on hotel properties are allowed to remain open after 5.00PM. Hotels are advised to make arrangements for staff at the property.

Curfew:
A curfew will be in effect as of 8.00 PM on Tuesday, September 5 until the passing of the hurricane and the damage assessment has been completed. Everybody should be off the road by that time.


boucharda
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:51 AM
173.239.210.18
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Now Cat 5

Quote:


7:45 AM AST Tue Sep 5
Location: 16.7N 57.7W
Moving: W at 14 mph
Min pressure: 929 mb
Max sustained: 175 mph




Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:58 AM
107.77.253.3
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

So glad for you, that you were able to get out.. Prayers and best wishes to all on the island..

sasasal
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:03 AM
24.102.161.71
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Category 5????? How the heck will the Island survive this? and god forbid it stalls... The very worst possible has now become a reality... Is this another luis? Will never forget that ever.

Eric_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:03 AM
107.77.253.3
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

Hurricane Irma Special Discussion Number 25
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017
800 AM AST Tue Sep 05 2017

This special advisory is being issued to increase the initial and
forecast intensity of Irma.

NOAA and U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft have recently
measured peak flight-level winds of around 170 kt and SFMR winds
of around 150 kt. Based on these data the initial intensity has
been increased to 150 kt, making Irma an extremely dangerous
category 5 hurricane. Some additional strengthening is still
possible, but fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next
couple of days due to eyewall replacement cycles.

No change was made to the previous track or wind radii forecast.

KEY MESSAGES:

1. Irma is expected to affect the northeastern Leeward Islands as
an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane, accompanied by
life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall. Hurricane warnings
are in effect for portions of the Leeward Islands. Preparations
should be rushed to completion, as tropical-storm force winds are
expected to first arrive in the hurricane warning area later today.

2. Irma is also expected to affect the British and U.S. Virgin
Islands and Puerto Rico as a dangerous major hurricane beginning
tomorrow, with life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for these areas, and tropical-
storm-force winds are expected to arrive in these areas by early
tomorrow.

3. Irma could directly affect Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, the
Bahamas, and Cuba as an extremely dangerous major hurricane later
this week. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of
Irma and listen to advice given by officials.

4. There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in
the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this
weekend. Otherwise, it is still too early to determine what direct
impacts Irma might have on the continental United States. However,
everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their
hurricane plan in place.


FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 05/1200Z 16.7N 57.7W 150 KT 175 MPH
12H 05/1800Z 17.0N 58.9W 155 KT 180 MPH
24H 06/0600Z 17.7N 61.5W 150 KT 175 MPH
36H 06/1800Z 18.6N 64.2W 145 KT 165 MPH
48H 07/0600Z 19.6N 67.0W 140 KT 160 MPH
72H 08/0600Z 21.2N 72.5W 135 KT 155 MPH
96H 09/0600Z 22.4N 77.2W 135 KT 155 MPH
120H 10/0600Z 24.0N 81.0W 130 KT 150 MPH


BobNLiz
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:14 AM
74.119.86.70
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

Praying for our little island and more importantly the wonderful people who inhabit it.... Crying inside and just had to post something

Liz


RICKnGRACE_LI_NY
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:19 AM
67.86.221.25
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

Godspeed SXM. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

satch74
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:19 AM
174.91.27.80
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

OMG...now Cat 5. Stay safe everyone...EVERYONE!!

luvitinsxm
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:21 AM
75.138.66.176
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

This storm is unbelievable. It could very well be far more devastating than Luis. With maximum sustained winds at 175 mph it's inconceivable what the damage could be. We are just keeping everyone down there in our prayers.

BeachKitten
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:27 AM
96.231.206.165
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Friends on Anguilla are EXTREMELY concerned!!
They spent the weekend selling and installing generators.

I am so worried for everyone.


GaryV
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:27 AM
97.70.73.236
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I found this web site several years ago, storm carib . I've found it to be the best site for tracking hurricanes throughout the Caribbean. You can see how close a hurricane is predicted to come to any island, as well as local postings of individual warnings from several islands.

BeachKitten
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:40 AM
96.231.206.165
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Gary, thanks. That letter that Dave wrote is spot on. Our forecasters in the US aren't mentioning the Caribbean except in passing, or related to Puerto Rico. If Puerto Rico takes a hit...they won't recover economically. Already bankrupt. No electricity for MONTHS if it goes out.

sasasal
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:46 AM
24.102.161.71
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Your so right... the weather channel just shows where the storm is. but no talk of the leeward Islands...Just worried about the U.S. This is so sad. as far as any type of recovery? No electic, no water, can do nothing for a long time... My husband will of cource want to see the damage of our home, but realizes its a total waste to go on Island until things are up and running... We went through luis, and it took almost 2 weeks before we could fly in. Very hard to be so far away, but probably worse for those that reside there... May be too late for prayers...

taraavo
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:46 AM
98.240.35.18
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

If it hasn't been mentioned, you can follow or view a general search for Irma on Twitter and this provides a lot of up to date information and visuals.
https://twitter.com/search?q=hurricane%20irma&src=typd

Thoughts and prayers to all beings and creatures on the island, nearby islands, anywhere in the path of this storm, and to all who love the island and watch closely from afar as the storm develops.

Edited to add - since it is Twitter, you will see some silliness, but the informative outweighs the nonsense and the NASA graphics are especially something to see.


BeachKitten
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:52 AM
96.231.206.165
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Yes, the animals and helpless creatures as well. The butterfly farm...some of those species rely on the special items they are fed, and will not live once released.
The Parotteville birds. Though I had asked them, and they had plans to move them to a safer location.
Horses.
The Zoo.


PelicanPirate
(Traveler)
09/05/17 09:54 AM
174.233.6.3
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Since 7:16am the storm eye, by my unofficial plots/estimates, has made a bit of a right turn of about 5 to 7 degrees to the north. Wish I could master the picture posting ability to show what I'm doing.

Again, listen to the experts. Not me.


SeaStar
(Traveler)
09/05/17 10:25 AM
98.227.229.147
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

How does what you're seeing on your model compare to http://stormcarib.com/closest.cgi ?
Thanks

Sending our prayers to the people of SXM and all those in Irma's path.


shieneehead
(Traveler)
09/05/17 10:31 AM
73.253.58.72
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Godspeed to all those on the islands. Stay safe, be strong and love one another.

cathym
(Traveler)
09/05/17 10:33 AM
199.5.150.66
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

Our prayers for everyone on St Maarten and all the surrounding islands. Please stay safe.

Cathy


PelicanPirate
(Traveler)
09/05/17 11:04 AM
174.233.6.3
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Not a model, I'm plotting actuals and measuring distance. It has turned a further couple of degrees again more towards Sxm. Be nice if it did a 180.

I think all the modelers have a duty to be safer than sorry and they all seem to slant towards hitting land than open sea.......which is what you want to get people not to ignore. Storm Carib takes that likely plot and then measures distance.

I'm sure they are as good as anybody.


sparty
(Traveler)
09/05/17 11:10 AM
66.227.190.208
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

I will stop complaining about our 28 degree nights here in Michigan and my thoughts will be on the the folks at the Royal Palm. Carol It would be comforting to all if you could continue your updates as the storm progresses.. thanks so much

NJHarry
(Traveler)
09/05/17 11:25 AM
173.3.196.198
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone on these islands. We are all hoping for a miracle.

BobVTPilot
(Traveler)
09/05/17 11:44 AM
107.145.246.204
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I'm listening to Island 92 on their Web site http://island92.com/ and they will be having minute by minute Hurricane coverage. I sure hope it's not real bad in SXM and that it changes direction before touching Florida where I live.

Cathyg
(Traveler)
09/05/17 11:45 AM
99.178.154.210
Re: Hurricane Irma, 9-5 8am advisory

Of course prayers for our beloved sxm

Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/05/17 11:45 AM
47.192.5.2
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Unless this thing turns, it will be horrific for the island we all love. As far as Florida, we're just starting to think about that also..

CSHAVNFUN
(Traveler)
09/05/17 11:54 AM
76.245.196.69
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Our prayers for all on the island we so love. We were/are scheduled to be on this island on Sept 16th through 25th. This may turn into a humanitarian visit if we're able to even fly into SXM. Prayers for all.

sasasal
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:06 PM
24.102.161.71
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

After luis in 1995, it took about two weeks before we were able to see damage of our home there. they were just letting in med help and residents of Island... When we finally did get down and off the plane, we cried like babys to see what that hurricane did.. huge boats in the water overturned, houses without roofs, most business closed, and a much needed Island cleanup. If I recall, it took almost 3 years to get some sort of life back on the Island, I said some sort... this is so bad, there are no words for this..

Chicki
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:06 PM
64.58.241.2
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Praying for our beautiful island friends and our beautiful island "home". My heart goes out to all.

SeaStar
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:16 PM
98.227.229.147
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Thanks for clarifying. Was hoping it would turn north and make a turn out to open waters.
We will continue praying for all.
Stay safe and hold those you love closely.


Bob77346
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:21 PM
73.32.162.213
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Man, hope and pray it is over quickly and is just a glancing blow. You don't have rivers and bayous like we do here in Houston. Best of luck to everyone and stay safe.
We have a saying down. When you see water on the road, turn around, don't drown


CSHAVNFUN
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:25 PM
76.245.196.69
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Just to say it - for the person posting over and over all the pessimistic comments- YOU ARE NOT HELPING! Hope for the BEST! Why all the negativity over and over and over. Maybe try saying your support is with those who live on the island. Geez.

CSHAVNFUN
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:28 PM
76.245.196.69
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Very helpful link to Island 92 thanks BobVTPilot - up to minute updates via your link.

pat
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:35 PM
75.133.113.202
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I address this to no one in particular, but if the shoe fits.......

We all express our fears and concerns in different ways. It is also NOT helpful to make those who have 'been there done that' feel as though their concerns are unimportant or unappreciated, as they all add something to the discussion and the ultimate awareness of what this She-Devil Storm can create..

We all love the island and we all care about it's people. It might be more helpful if we just stick to posting our concerns and our prayers along with any information that might prove helpful to others reading here.


Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/05/17 12:47 PM
47.192.5.2
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Back off, please. That person OWNS a house on the island!! They are freaking out. I would be freaking out too.

dannan
(Traveler)
09/05/17 01:01 PM
50.197.20.154
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Amen to that Carol, freaking out here too!

sasasal
(Traveler)
09/05/17 01:18 PM
24.102.161.71
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

You go Carol... Yes, I think anyone that has an invested interest on Island would freak out, but I will try and not vent anymore... I said try...

kdsdance
(Traveler)
09/05/17 01:24 PM
73.167.110.10
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Play nice kids. I arrived home Sunday after two perfect weeks on the island I love. I remember Luis well. My heart is in my throat as we all wait anxiously for this to be over. The only thing of any importance is that all of our friends, family and pets are uninjured from this huge storm.

Charlie2001
(Traveler)
09/05/17 01:32 PM
198.153.184.6
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

The current 11:00am advisory predicts the eye location in 24 hours at:

24H 06/1200Z 18.1N 63.0W 150 KT 175 MPH

Which is about 1 mile due east of Orient Beach.


Bob_Dot
(Traveler)
09/05/17 01:40 PM
72.192.9.241
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

https://www.windguru.cz/51227

This looks like a terrible morning coming.


luvitinsxm
(Traveler)
09/05/17 02:00 PM
75.138.66.176
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

Just upgraded to 185 mph. Does this thing ever stop increasing?

charlieh
(Traveler)
09/05/17 02:01 PM
76.2.34.31
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Quote:

sasasal said:
After luis in 1995, it took about two weeks before we were able to see damage of our home there. they were just letting in med help and residents of Island... When we finally did get down and off the plane, we cried like babys to see what that hurricane did.. huge boats in the water overturned, houses without roofs, most business closed, and a much needed Island cleanup. If I recall, it took almost 3 years to get some sort of life back on the Island, I said some sort... this is so bad, there are no words for this..




I experienced first-hand the worst recorded hurricane to ever hit NC (the only Cat 4) in 1954 - Hurricane Hazel. In 1996 I did my 50th birthday party on St. Barts, and my St. Jean beach was completely destroyed by Luis and never recovered from that hurricane.

I've seen tremendous beach damage in the Myrtle Beach area where we owned a condo.

They definitely can be a nightmare. I can only hope that SXM, SBH and other islands don't suffer "over-the-top", but suffer is definitely in the cards.


GaryV
(Traveler)
09/05/17 02:16 PM
97.70.73.236
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Latest from stormcarib.com web site:
"Just came up from Lay Bay, which is the rocky beach where Flamingo and La Vista resorts are located, and the breaking waves there are already huge by normal standards. And Irma is not even close to us yet. This beach is located on the middle of the south side of the island. Not sure how the north coast is faring at the moment. Winds here for most of the morning have been only a light to moderate breeze, with occasional periods of gusts estimated at 15-20kts, and which seem to be happening more frequently as the day progresses.

I also saw a lot of people putting final touches to preparations, boarding up, taking down signs and canvases, even strapping down the roofs of smaller huts and shops at the beach. It seems this time the majority of persons are taking the situation very seriously, as it should be, even the Caribbean die-hard optimists that usually go by "it will pass and nothing will happen" motto. Lets hope we will still have an island left by the end of this situation.

Alex at Pelican Key"


sasasal
(Traveler)
09/05/17 02:20 PM
24.102.161.71
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

So right.... I have been going to st.M. since 1986. have many friends, property, and many fond memorys... Of cource first issue is safty, but judging anyone that has invested interest or life on Island is wrong... No one walks in anyones shoes... Vacation is one thing, owning and possible huge losses with destruction is another... period

PelicanPirate
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:00 PM
174.233.6.3
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

She is turning more a bit putting Sxm straight ahead if she doesn't keep turning. Let's hope and pray she keeps wheeling around to the North.

Praying for minimal impact to All we know on the island.


sxmmartini
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:15 PM
67.86.95.25
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Luis hit in 1995 and we built the house in 1990. We were so young and in Love, with each other and SXM. We had our honeymoon there in 1982. The villa was damaged and our own builder said how can we ever fix all this. My awesome husband smiled and said we will rebuild. It is just a structure that can be repaired once again. People and animals are much more important. God Bless St. Maarten/ St. Martin and all the other islands around her. W

kccouple
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:22 PM
70.195.10.136
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

All of us SXM fans here in Kansas City are watching closely

badbenni
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:30 PM
66.189.113.212
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

We own 2 condos on Beacon Hill and are off Island now in USA but I've been in touch with many people in SXM between yesterday and today and all are doing everything they can securing buildings and making sure all outdoor items are stored inside Condos etc. No one is relaxing on Island and the community spirit seems high but all are worried for their families and friends as well as pets. From what I have heard so far the North side of Island may take the hardest hit as well as the northeastern side. That doesn't mean that all areas won't escape severe damage . Lets pray the storm picks up speed; not wind speed, and passes quickly and curves to the North very soon.

kim
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:46 PM
24.181.183.47
Re: 5 am Tuesday Advisory

First time as an owner of a condo watching a storm. While I have watched many storms, this is stressful. For me. It's just a thing. If lost it's lost. But for those living there, and talking via text, I can't comprehend what they are going through.

sasasal
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:47 PM
24.102.161.71
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Yup. depending on your age. you can rebuild. this could be it for us. Too many years and too much rebuilding leads to enough is enough... Want my Island to go on and the people to go on... For now, its not about vacations its about the people that reside on Island, work on Island, and those that will get it back for you the vacationers... Its up too them period... They have to do the work... For now, we can only look on the inside. this is real for St.M.

PelicanPirate
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:56 PM
174.233.6.3
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Right On! At this point it is all about the folks who live there.

SXMSAMMY
(Traveler)
09/05/17 03:59 PM
24.151.137.204
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Sustained winds now at 185 mph with gusts to well over 200 mph.

mmk
(Traveler)
09/05/17 05:59 PM
70.73.174.97
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Yikes! Those are pretty strong sustained winds, never mind the gusts. Hoping for the best for those on island, neighbouring islands and those in the path of Irma for the next few days.

Kamehameha
(Traveler)
09/05/17 06:03 PM
69.254.21.241
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten



Ritchard
(Traveler)
09/05/17 06:22 PM
70.49.240.244
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I wish there was something I could do to help; it's hard to sit here an imagine what the next 36 hours are going to be like, and the devastation that may result.

sxmmartini
(Traveler)
09/05/17 06:25 PM
67.86.95.25
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Good day to the general public,

Thank you for your reports, queries and concerns regarding the water situation today September 5, 2017.

Seven Seas Water, the water production company has discontinued the production of water due to the ground seas.

During the passing of a hurricane, tanks should be filled to capacity to:
1. Ensure at least a 2 day storage of water to the community.
2. To prevent the tanks being damaged.

Yesterday NV GEBE ensured all tanks were filled to capacity, however, by this morning water technicians realised that the tanks were running low. NV GEBE was therefore compelled to discontinue the water supply.

This was an emergency decision to ensure water was sufficient for the community after the storm.

NV GEBE apologises for the inconvenience this has caused.

* *Update on electricity* *
NV GEBE hereby informs the general public that electricity will remain on as long as possible, however once the situation deteriorates and it becomes unsafe, electricity will be shut off until it is safe to restore the power.

We encourage the general public to exercise extreme caution, stay away from fallen lines, as wires may be live without your knowledge. Do not attempt to move lines even if they are insulated. Please call our emergency numbers at 1 844 432 3213 or 1 721 544 3100/ 546 11 89/ 546 11 60/ 546 1100 / 546 2283 or 546 11 93.

#NVGEBE


beerme1
(Member)
09/05/17 06:27 PM
98.4.239.172
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

My favorite place has been Key West and now it has been changing to SXM and I'm feeling sick that both of them could be hit by Irma. First and foremost thoughts and prayers to all who are there and I hope it moves on fast and maybe takes a turn that will help the island. God speed SXM. We love you.

sxmmartini
(Traveler)
09/05/17 06:43 PM
67.86.95.25
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Gebe turned off the water. If you do not have cistern water you can not flush toilets or wash. Electric will go out next. If you do not have a generator your cistern pump does not work. A/C does not work without electricity and on and on.
Do not go outside and do not open windows or doors. resorts have generators and will do fairly well. Be careful tomorrow after the storm passes. Stay where you are and stay calm. It is a fast moving storm unlike Luis. God Bless!


BeachKitten
(Traveler)
09/05/17 06:59 PM
96.231.206.165
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

There's a guy on Twitter tweeting from Oyster Pond
@woolfallalex


badbenni
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:36 PM
66.189.113.212
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I received this around 5 PM from a friend on SXM:
Good day, all... Hurricane Irma Update from St Maarten

Just to breakdown the timeline of events that are about to happen.

Currently at 14mph and taking into account using what NOAA says the direction will be and the Predicted Plots, we will start feeling the effects of Tropical Storm force winds in the next 12 hrs and 20 minutes.

This is approximately around 4am. From the onset of this wind forces will continue to rise for approximately 1 1/2 hours to Full 185mph Hurricane force winds, which will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour at its current speed of 14 miles per hour.

We will then experience the Full Eye clarity for approximately 45 minutes of dead Calm, before winds switch to the opposite direction as the other side of the eyewall approaches, for another 45 minutes to an hour of hurricane force winds.

The winds on the Southeastern Quadrant of Irma is no where as strong as the northern side so this should not be as bad as entering but will last the same amount of time.

After that exit Hurricane winds of 45 minutes to an hour, will be another 1 1/2 to 2 hours of mostly Rain and Tropical storm force winds .

Entire ordeal will last from beginning to end approx 7 hours max given the current forward speed.
PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!!!!! SO everyone has a good timing on the events.

By midday things should be ok to Venture outside (Again based on the current foward speed, if it slows down things will take longer, if it speeds up, things will go faster.)


PelicanPirate
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:42 PM
98.29.235.208
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Good timeline description. I imagine that would help someone to know how much longer of This, then that.

ghjr
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:44 PM
98.95.47.119
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

The track has been steadily shifting south so be prepared for wind and water from the north side of the storm to the south side of the island just in case...

SXMbeacher
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:45 PM
107.77.106.123
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Great info. I hope everyone on the island has this information! Thanks

SXMWendell
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:46 PM
97.86.200.99
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Of what I remember. I could venture out but couldn't go any where. Debris on the car, debris on the roads, light poles on the roads.......

It will probably take a few more days to be semi mobile.

Wendell


LBI2SXM
(Traveler)
09/05/17 07:51 PM
73.112.165.173
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

How right you are Wendell. Been there, done that.

Phiaman42
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:08 PM
66.30.150.174
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Watching closely prayers to all of SXM and all other islands in the path of Irma.

PKwx
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:16 PM
69.249.242.189
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Latest 8 PM track shifted just south of the island, lets hope this trend does not continue. Being on the north side of the track is where the max impact resides.

Marcheall
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:36 PM
107.145.124.19
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Weather Channel said (at 8:00pm) that Irma was jogging to the north...and their projected path showed it passing above SXM with enough distance to make a difference. I backed up and watched it twice to make sure I saw and heard correctly. Did anyone else see this?

moxie
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:46 PM
184.151.36.210
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

That sounds good

cruzer
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:47 PM
99.108.167.12
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I saw this. It also said that max winds tomorrow am would be 120 mph. Normally I'd still say, "holy crap, batman", but it beats 185 mph.

Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:54 PM
107.77.253.3
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I didn't see it, but obviously 120 mph is way wrong, so I'm not sure about the rest of the report either, as that track doesn't appear to be correct.

cruzer
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:58 PM
99.108.167.12
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I'm just relaying what I saw on the Weather Channel. Why is 120 mph way wrong?

badbenni
(Traveler)
09/05/17 08:59 PM
66.189.113.212
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

We have to hope that storm keeps Northeast side of storm away from SXM as it passes by. Weather channel says that is the highest wind speed part of storm for now.

jerber160
(Traveler)
09/05/17 09:04 PM
76.125.190.133
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I am so praying everyone is safe. someone mentioned locals are checking into some of the bigger hotels. Are there facilities available for people? I'm thinking of some of the ladies who work the marigot market...I'm hearing a lot about people with villas but the island is so diverse. this is terrible.

Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/05/17 09:07 PM
107.77.253.3
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Expected mph for the next several hours.

12H 06/0600Z 17.6N 61.8W 155 KT 180 MPH
24H 06/1800Z 18.5N 64.6W 150 KT 175 MPH
36H 07/0600Z 19.5N 67.3W 145 KT 165 MPH

and the eye is expected to pass right over SXM, around 12 to 14 hours. I think the Weather Channel is wrong.


SXMWendell
(Traveler)
09/05/17 09:07 PM
97.86.200.99
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

just because it misses SXM means it will just put other lives and property in harms way. Hopefully it will go out to sea BUT not much of a chance that will happen.

Wendell


Marcheall
(Traveler)
09/05/17 09:19 PM
107.145.124.19
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

I didn't see the 120mph part....but I did take a photo of the TV when they showed the projected path above St. Martin.

Carol_HillAdministrator
(Traveler)
09/05/17 09:19 PM
107.77.253.3
Re: Hurricane WARNING for St. Martin/St. Maarten

Over 100 replies here, so will close this one and open another.

Prayers for the island and all those who live there and who love her..



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