So, the tropical depression / storm has become hurricane Omar, and a hurricane watch warning is in place for Puerto Rico while a hurricane warning is applicable to Culebra, Vieques, the USVI and BVI (US and British Virgin Islands). The difference is as follows:
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to
protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area…generally within 36 hours.
A Hurricane Warning could be required for Puerto Rico later today.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.
A Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning remain in effect for
It is difficult to know if we should worry or not for our own sake, but I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed for the people on the smaller islands as well as the ones living up in the mountains in Puerto Rico. Hurricane or not, we are expected to get a lot of rain and the land is already saturated from the floodings 3 weeks ago. Omar is expected to pass tonight around 2 am or later, but in the meanwhile the visitors are spending some time on the beach despite the overcast skies!
Here is a Wednesday recipe that I made last week, inspiration taken from a risotto recipe by my favourite Food network cook, Rachael Ray:
Semi-risotto with lemon & shrimp
White rice (I used some left-over rice from dinner the day before)
1 lemon – zest and juice
1 can of artichokes – cut in halves or quarters (can be excluded for all of you who don’t share my artichoke obsession!)
rosemary – dry or fresh (I only had dry, it is difficult to find fresh herbs in PR)
1 cup frozen green peas
a handful of shrimp
Boil the rice as usual. Lightly fry the shrimp in some olive oil. Transfer the cooked rice to the frying pan and stir in the lemon peel & juice, artichokes, rosemary as well as the [still frozen] peas. Cook for a few minutes, until all the ingredients are warm and serve immediately. Easy peasy lemon squeezy 😉
It just started to rain and the winds are increasing… Our visitors just came back from the beach and told me that there are queues for the bank machines! Quite a few of the apartments across the street already have the hurricane shutters closed.