Hi all! I’m sure that you’ve had good vacations this week and really glad that Isaac just brought some rain and rough seas. Our family and our cousins went to Provo last year. Our first week was perfect and our second week was an A-1 adventure tour.
Irene was supposed to pass us by to the South and we were only supposed to experience the edge of tropical storm force winds. Surprise! As a couple of days passed, it became more apparent that Irene was going to give us a bit more than expected. When we were certain that she was going to be a Category 1, the property management company boarded us up. We loaded up on water from the local grocer, along with canned goods and prepared for the worst. Because we were staying in two private cottages in Grace Bay, we were a bit frightened because we were going to be all alone and a bit isolated, but we brought all of the furnishings and bbq’s into one cottage & the property managers called to make certain we were okay and to let us know that the hurricane was now upgraded to a Category 3, with the eye passing us. We planned on “higher ground” (a ledge in the cottage) in case of a big storm surge and we all went into the one cottage to wait it out.
While the guys and children were sleeping peacefully, me and the other mom listened to coconuts pelting the wall like machine guns, and heard many other fierce noises. At around 3am, it was eerily silent for a short 10 or so minutes. We could see nothing when we looked outside except pitch black. The the viscious wind started to blow again - starting on the other side of the house - a whole new set of noises. By around 6am, the howling had calmed and by around 9 or 10am when everyone else was awake we ventured outside. Wow! No water was left in the pool, all of the porch screens blown out, our neighbour had lost her roof, no coconuts on the trees and no leaves at all left on the couple of hundred feet of once lush, green bushes surrounding the property. We walked around to see the destruction - So many of the huge trees had fallen! The most interesting of all was the beach. Normally about 30 or more feet wide, it was now reduced to a steep, 6 foot tall cliff about 10 feet wide with churning, milky water rushing around it - so cool!
I was so impressed with the way the TCI folks picked right up and began to fix things, pick up and replant the huge trees, clean up the debris and water and get right on with their lives - even in the poorest of areas (Five Cayes - kudos to you!). Within 3 days, power was restored to most of the island and though some areas were still challenging to access, most things were normal. The water, however, remained chalky for quite some time.
I wouldn’t be worried about weathering a hurricane in TCI - they are organized and very friendly folks who realy have their act together.
Hope you didn’t have totally crummy weather, but if you did - go visit again off of hurricane season and you will just LOVE it!