Loc: Orlando, Fl
Re: Jeanne-retirement after the season?
Tue Sep 21 2004 05:12 PM
Quote:I am aware of the significance of this date with regard to hurricanes in the north east. With that said, all I can say is that I hope and pray that NO ONE is hit by another storm this year...not even to prevent it from hitting Floriday again would I wish it somewhere else.
Most models have been trending further north, even the GFDL. The UKMET and the NOGAPS have had it consitently landfalling in the Outer Banks area. I saw that article in the newspaper too, and I agree with LI phil; I only want a hurricane if it would was going to hit Florida. Maybe this could be another LI hurricane, I'm optimistic and I have to weigh that in comparison to some other things. If the ridge breaks down and propgates westward, then I think we're spared but if doesn't proprogate at all, and erodes then were in for a rude awakening. Once the possible scenario comes into play, all us LIers will be seeing a media hype beyond belief!
I've lived throug many major storms including Camille and recent experience with Charliey and Frances and was worried sick about Ivan armed with my knowledge of how my mobile home would likely withstand even a weakened Ivan.
I often frequent other boards, come back here because I think it is the best of the pack, but found a post that really hit home: I'd like to share it with you.
September 15, 2004
Dear Family and Friends,
I am sure you are all anxious to hear about our experiences
Hurricane Ivan which destroyed Grand Cayman Island. It was a
unbelievable time. No one was prepared for the viciousness of Ivan,
all the Caribbean people who go through these often. This was the
recorded hurricane ever to hit the Cayman Islands, # 5 in severity
mi/hr winds traveling at 8 mi/hr. (hurricanes are usually 24 mi/hr).
As our building was hurricane safe and off the ocean, Norm and I
stay in our condo. All the windows were boarded over with large
plywood. We prepared ourselves with drinking water, snacks,
plenty of batteries and candles and settled down for the night. This
Sat. Sept 11. (Ironic)
The winds started to really pick up around midnight and proceeded in
intensity throughout the night. Around 5AM we were awakened by the
water. We realized water was poring in from our boarded up windows
within 30 minutes were up to our knees in water. We started putting
belongings that were on lower shelves up on counters and our
We lit our candles and settled down to watch the storm, radio on to
to any updates on the storm.
By 7 AM the water was up to midthigh and we had lost all radio
Norm and I were now sitting on our kitchen counters to keep dry.
furniture was floating around by this time. The storm was viciously
outside and we watched as the palm tree fronds were being blown off
trees one by one. At 8AM we watched our grape tree go down along
the other trees in our front yard. The water continued to rise. At
noticed our door start to bow inward with the rise of water outside.
we realized what was happening the front door burst in with a surge
(6foot wave). Norm and I made a dash for the guest bedroom and
the bed that was now floating. We had just made it onto the bed
noticed the ceiling starting to shake and realized it was
made it to the guest bathroom, sitting on an end table we had place
bathroom sink. There we sat and waited for 5 hours as we watched the
continue to rise. When standing, the water was mid chest level. I
wearing a life-jacket, as we knew if it raised much more we would
try and swim out to reach the upper condo. After about 2 hours the
table we were sitting on collapsed (particle board does not hold up
submerged for 2 hours in brown sewage/seawater) sending us into the
We found 2 Rubbermaid containers floating and were able to get those
the sink to sit on to wait out the rest of the hurricane. One of the
they tell you is not to leave your dwelling under any circumstances,
safer to stay in side your home rather than try and get out as then
exposed openly to the elements. I should mention when the surge
through the door it swept everything that we had stored on the
dresser tops off into the fast flowing water out the front door. We
everything, including our candles, flashlights and drinking water.
fridge, stove, washer and dryer were floating. The water started to
around 5PM and we were able to move back to the kitchen counter,
ceiling was partially down. At around 7PM the winds started to
where we felt safe enough to venture to higher ground though the
still pretty strong and the water was at waist level. We made it to
condo above and behind us and they were wonderful neighbours. We
them to say hi but they brought us in, clothed us, fed us and gave
We have been living with them since and they have made us feel
We will stay with them until we find further arrangements.
The next morning we woke up to calm weather. We ventured down to our
to assess the damage and almost cried. We had lost everything, our
shoes, appliances, everything. We were able to save our laptop, a
pictures, jewelry and important papers, but other than that all we
the clothes on our back, which weren't even ours. We even found
else's chair in our living room, books that weren't ours, etc. The
looked like a bomb had struck. Everyone was walking around in
Everyone's place on the ground level looked like ours or worse.
The house behind us was no more, gone into the ocean. We walked to
Harbour, where Norm works and people were walking around
hard to believe but we fared better than a lot of other places. The
all along the ocean were gone. We now have an ocean view. We lost
our cars and I had no way to get into work, though I was to report
immediately after the hurricane. No one was prepared for this (not
Caymanians), they had never experienced a hurricane of such
was actually the water surge that raised the ocean 20 feet and sent a
wave over the island. Anyone who has been here knows how flat this
is, so can imagine how much damage a wave like that would cause.
beach is no longer part of Cayman. Condo complexes were swept into
We don't know the number of fatalities but there are numerous
missing. Graveyards in Cayman are usually along the ocean and many
were destroyed, so bodies, already dead were floating in the sea.
site no one would believe without seeing it for one self.
We are now in a state of emergency. As most countries, the looting
the next day and the Camanian government has put marshall law into
There is a 6PM curfew and the police have been advised to shoot to
looters. Two Jamaicans were shot and killed this morning for
There is no electricity and running water on the island, oh for a
Today is the first day we have had internet and there is no land
thank goodness for cell phones but most of the batteries are now
I have been working 12 hours with sometimes 4 hours off. We are
out of medical supplies, linens, etc. People are being sent back to
shelters, who shouldn't be. Other countries are now coming to our
medical supplies are starting to arrive. They are getting all people
the island, who don't have to be here. I could go on and on but I
wanted to give you an idea what is happening in "once" paradise.
Norm and I have been too busy with work to deal with our loss, but
working 2 days, I realize we got off lucky. Everyone is helping
I now have 3 pair of shorts, 5 tops, 2 pair of shoes and 2 pair of
my name. I will be taking tomorrow off to try and see what I can
from our condo. Our landlord said he will not be rebuilding as
much structural damage, so at the time we are homeless.
Anyway, I wanted to give you all an idea of what the last 5 days have
I will keep in touch.
Makes me feel really lucky. Even those that lost all up in the panhandle can probably relate well to the above post.
Nope, no more storms for ANYONE, please!
A forecast is NOT a promise!