Hanging in on St. John with TS Irene

It’s about a quarter after six and I don’t know about the rest of St. John, but here in Chocolate Hole and amazingly I still have both electricity and internet. The center of Irene is now just about over St. Croix, but much of the heavy rains and winds are located to the north. Here on Chocolate Hole, the winds are hard out of the north with heavy squalls. I imagine the seas on the south will get rougher as the storm passes and the winds shift to the south.

A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Gov. John deJongh has declared a state of emergency in order to impose storm curfews and emergency shelters were opened on St. Croix, where the port was closed.

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St. John Awaits the Passing of TS Irene

The center of Tropical Storm Irene is predicted to pass just south of St. Croix late this afternoon. Right now at 5:30 AM on St. John, the wind is still and the seas are almost dead calm. Lightning flashes could be seen in the southeastern skies throughout the night.

“A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands” meaning that “tropical storm conditions could occur… in the Virgin Islands later today.

“A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area…in this case within 24 to 36 hours.

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