Life in the Hurricane Zone
And yes, I am obsessing over this. We are smack dab in the middle of the Hurricane Zone. I can obsess if I want to.
First, a positive note: The flamboyant trees are still blooming. I love the Flamboyant Trees.
Here’s what I’ve learned about staying in St. Thomas over the summer, AKA Hurricane Season.
1. The boating community clears out. Except for boats owned by locals who live ashore and a few cruisers and charter boats, most are here because captain and crew are working ashore. I have no idea why those others cruisers have stayed. I wouldn’t. Now, in addition to checking Facebook to find out what fun things friends and family back home are doing, we also check in to find out about the music jams in Grenada and Trinidad, how difficult the last hash was, or in which new exotic locales our friends are making boat repairs. Sigh.
Two shots of the mooring field behind us: more empty moorings than there are boats, and more uninhabited boats than there are those living aboard.
2. Though we’ve been watching the weather since June 1st and have had two storms with some potential, we are just now entering St. Thomas’s “real” hurricane season. Here is a screen shot from www.huricanecity.com:
Now comes the time when we have to be ready to move: late August/Early September through the middle of October. EW’s cousin said that there are really six weeks to worry about – and it looks like he speaks from experience. They lived here during Klaus, Hugo, Marilyn, Bertha, Georges, Jose, and Debby.
3. I talked with one of the sales people at Havensight Mall yesterday, who said. “It’s hot. Very hot.,” in a voice of doom and as she searched the skies. It took me few moments to understand that she wasn’t simply announcing the obvious. “Storms don’t have to start in Africa. They start in the Caribbean, too. When it’s hot.”
Great. Hurricanes with no warning.
Still, we’re prepared.
We’ll get even more prepared.
And we’ll check the weather multiple times every in in many ways. Every day.
All the while, we’re hoping like H.E. double hockey sticks that nothing comes close.
Have a safe hurricane season, everyone.
This art project on Water Island was completed over a few days by a USVI student on break. It’s a lovely gift to those who enjoy the island.
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