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Emily 5am Update

Set my alarm to check around the house at 5am EDT (4am Cayman Time).

In short…. no worries right now.

There has been a surprisingly low amount of rain (as judged by water in the parking lot), probably just 2-3″. We are expecting a lot more rain from the tail of the storm, but, based on what I see outside, it won’t be enough to cause any flooding beyond what low-lying areas might get with any rainy weekend (ie no storm surge breaching land in this location).

Winds have not been too bad (well, I had no difficulty sleeping). Again just a guess, but outside right now I would say about 40mph, gusting stronger.

Right now we have just passed the closest point of approach, and the 5am EDT co-ordinate had the storm at 97.8 miles away from us…. so it missed us. We are now therefore into the tail of the storm, so will have a few hours of Southerly winds and rain remaining, but the winds should not get any stronger from this point on.

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  1. celine
    Posted July 17, 2005 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    GREAT news Tom….THANKS!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted July 17, 2005 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks for update and good news!

  3. Peter
    Posted July 17, 2005 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Every time a hurricane crosses the caribbean, I ignore the weather channels, temperature profiles, wind velocities, etc.
    … and head off to Tom’s Blog.

    Many thanks :^)

  4. robert
    Posted July 17, 2005 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear that things worked out well and that everyone appears to be safe. Keeping everyone in my thoughts.

  5. Lee
    Posted July 18, 2005 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I am very peeved that The Weather Channel never reports ANYTHING about the Cayman Islands… no correspondents and not even any damage reports. Are they scared to go there or what? Heck, they line up 3-4 correspondents along the gulf coast of the US to ensure that one of them gets the eye, but won’t send one through the caribbean. I guess they figure americans don’t care…

  6. TomCayman
    Posted July 18, 2005 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Lee, that’s why Gert set up the network.

    Did you also notice how please the Weather Channel always seem to be whenever a storm looks like being really bad. For those living in the islands, we are not just statistics for meteorologists, we are people with real lives, homes, friends and families (grr!)

    He and his family made it in today, sun is shining and the shutters are down now.

    Planning a StormCarib get together at Barefoot Man’s show on Thursday night.

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