Today we attended church services right near the ocean. Great service with the sermon speaking of the keys to heaven. We had communion and also had a hurricane prayer. Right before communion, the winds came up quickly and it was looking a little scary, but then we were able to finish the service and enjoy some outstanding Cruzian cuisine.
Brad ate some pigs feet. I loved the rice and beans, sweetcorn, banana flatbread, lasagna with peppers and okra. Then we enjoyed pumpkin pie for dessert. As we drove back to C&E's we realized it was time to get the hurricane shutters on as there were advisories on the radio. Anders, Brad, Matt and myself got the shutters on and now we are feeling more comfortable.
Here is the information from weather underground:
...Irene approaching the Virgin Islands...
summary of 200 PM AST...1800 UTC...information
about 70 miles...115 km...ESE of St Croix
about 185 mi...300 km ESE of Ponce Puerto Rico
maximum sustained winds...50 mph...85 km/h
present movement...WNW or 290 degrees at 18 mph...30 km/h
minimum central pressure...999 mb...29.50 inches
watches and warnings
changes in watches and warnings with this advisory...
the government of Antigua has discontinued the Tropical Storm
Warning for Antigua...Barbuda...Montserrat...St. Kitts...
Summary of watches and warnings in effect...
a Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Puerto Rico...Vieques...and Culebra
* the Dominican Republic from the southern border with Haiti to Cabo
Frances Viejo on the north coast
a Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* U.S. Virgin Islands
a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* northern coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haiti border
eastward to Cabo Frances Viejo
a tropical storm watch is in effect for...
* southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
for storm information specific to your area in the United
States...please monitor products issued by your local National
Weather Service forecast office. For storm information specific to
your area outside the United States...please monitor products
issued by your National meteorological service.
Discussion and 48-hour outlook
at 200 PM AST...1800 UTC...the center of Tropical Storm Irene was
located near latitude 17.5 north...longitude 63.7 west. Irene is
moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph...30 km/h...and this
motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with a
gradual decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track...Irene
will pass near or over the U.S. Virgin Islands later today...near or
over Puerto Rico tonight...and approach the Dominican Republic on
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph...85 km/h...with higher
gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or
so...and Irene is expected to become a hurricane by Monday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles...240
km...mainly to the north of the center.
An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft reported a minimum central
pressure of 999 mb...29.50 inches.
Hazards affecting land
wind...tropical storm conditions are expected in the Virgin Islands
and Puerto Rico including Culebra and Vieques today...and in the
Dominican Republic early Monday. Hurricane conditions are expected
over Puerto Rico including Vieques and Culebra tonight...and over
the Dominican Republic on Monday.
Rainfall...Irene is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations
of 4 to 7 inches in the Leeward Islands...Puerto Rico and the
Virgin Islands...with isolated maximum amounts of up to 10 inches.
Total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are possible across
the Dominican Republic and Haiti...with isolated maximum amounts of
20 inches possible. These rains could cause life-threatening flash
floods and mud slides in areas of steep terrain.
Storm surge...a storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3
to 5 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of the Dominican
Republic in the Hurricane Warning area. A storm surge of 1 to 3
feet above normal tide levels is expected along the coast of Puerto
Rico...as well as in the Tropical Storm Warning area. Near the
coast...the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
next complete advisory...500 PM AST.
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