O and I were having dinner tonight when the windows started shaking and we could hear the rain coming through them… We had already last week discovered a pool of water in the guest bedroom after a very rainy night and I have been checking the windows all day as it has been raining hard. It seems that some of the water actually comes through the walls, and not through the windows!
However, this kind of strong winds is new to me – and I was quite scared as it seemed like the windows could actually break, even the frames were shaking. We discussed for a while what to do and in the end O was strong enough to shut the hurricane shutters on the two corner windows while I was mopping up the rain water from the floor.
The winds is not getting any weaker but we feel at least more protected with the shutters closed. The power lines in our street are flashing and making that kind of electric noise… I don’t like that the windows are leaking and the AC’s are just underneath – doesn’t seem to be entirely safe (I have turned them off, of course).
If this is just a tropical storm, I don’t want to experience a hurricane on the 9th floor… Well, at least I can’t claim that life is boring in the Caribbean – a earth quake and now this!! 🙂
Updated: We just saw on the Weather Channel that the Subtropical disturbance has been upgraded to a Subtropical storm and named Olga!
So, a subtropical (what’s the difference between a subtropical and a tropical storm??) storm in the Caribbean, ice storms in a big part of the US and in the southern states there is a heat wave… Isn’t it fitting that Al Gore just received the Nobel Peace Prize today, 10th December (yesterday for some of you) for his warnings about climate change?
The following warning was posted on the Wunderground weather service:
A high surf advisory remains in effect until 11 am AST Tuesday
A subtropical disturbance… rapidly approaching the U.S. Virgin
Islands… will move across the Virgin Islands later this evening
and across Puerto Rico during the overnight hours. Strong winds
and rough seas can be expected across the local waters through at
least 11 am AST Tuesday morning. Data received from the buoy
number 41043… located north of St Thomas… has been reporting
seas up to 17 feet and swells up to 14 feet foot at 10 seconds
this afternoon. These swells have been producing large breaking
waves of 10 to 14 feet or higher along the local reefs… beaches
and Shoals of the local islands today… and large breaking waves
between 14 and 18 feet can be expected to reach the local
coastlines overnight and persist through at least 11 am AST
These breaking waves will generate strong and dangerous currents
within the surf zone… called rip currents. These narrow outward
flowing currents can carry people and animals away from the coast
line and out to sea. If you become caught in a rip current… do not
panic. Calmly… remain afloat… gather your bearings relative to the
beach… and swim parallel to the beach. You will eventually leave
the grip of this narrow current… and be able to safely swim to
Local beach goers… and inexperienced surfers and swimmers are urged
to stay out of the water until these hazardous surf conditions
subside. Persons on the beach should be vigilant for large breaking
waves surging upon the shore… which can carry people of all sizes
into the ocean. You should avoid being near the shore line and stay
off of rock formations.