Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hurricane Earl hits St. Martin

Ciao bloggisti,

I've just returned from a last minute quick trip to St. Martin (more on that some other time). I was very worried about this hurricane.

It's the middle of hurricane season. Many islanders are on vacation and business are closed. I did read about some stranded American tourists who have to stay on the island as their flights were canceled.

I've heard from my family and while the power is out in some places, it seems the damage isn't too bad for a storm of this size.

The last big hurricane to hit the island was Hurricane Luis back in 1995. It was the worst hurricane to hit St. Martin in 35 years. It was devastating but the French side was rebuilt pretty quickly, while the Dutch side (i.e. Mullet Bay) took a little longer to get it together.

There are some pictures on this SITE. For those who speak French, there's a clip of a news report from Martinique.

This is the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I can't believe it. Has it really been that long?!

I hope this hurricane season is a mild one. There are parts of the Gulf Coast that are still rebuilding after Katrina.


Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Glad you got out OK, and hopefully, yes, this season will be mild....

Gil said...

Glad to hear that you are okay and not stranded in the middle of Earl! I just hope that Earle and the rest of the hurricanes go out to sea like the blizzards did when I was in school. If snow storms go out to sea school is not canceled!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I hope Earl moves out to sea too. Right now it's heading toward the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. Not a good thing for Labor Day Weekend when so many people will be at the shore.

Jen said...

Glad you were out in time and I hope your parents and their home are just fine. The hurricanes seem to be getting worse and worse - I hope they manage to leave St. Martin alone.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jen - I'm on pins and needles this hurricane season. Can't wait until late October for it to end.