felix closing in

By: roatangardener , 5:17 PM GMT on September 02, 2007

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yikes... this is looking pretty scary. even if it slides a little north of us we are a long low island. we sit horizontally so the north coast will take a beating. wilma 2 yrs ago ripped off docks, porches and damaged some homes. it also burned all the leaves on the coconuts and mangroves - took them a year and a half to recover. and we were never mentioned as being any where near wilma...???

am not looking forward to meeting felix. the town will have a rediness meeting tomorrow morning. by then we should have a real good idea of where felix will be. keep the good wishes and info coming. our population is around

rainman.. love those google maps. thanks

why on the weather channel do they only mention belize. its like were not here. if they did mention the bay islands i think it would help to get peoples attention a little better. whatever.

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150. palmettobug53
2:45 AM GMT on September 07, 2007
How's everything going? Did you have any damage at your house or work? I certainly hope not. Did you stay at your house or did you go on over to the Mayan Princess?

I know it didn't get as bad there, as we were thinking it might (thank heavens it didn't) but I was just wondering.

How did your orchids fare?
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149. roatangardener
4:12 PM GMT on September 05, 2007
plywoodstatenative. i looked all thru dr masters blog but didnt find anything about someone missing from here. and on the local new there is nothing about anyone gone missing. the only time we have had rough seas are this morning. the seas off our coast have been calm all thru felix. perhaps they were evacuated and just havent gotten to a phone yet.
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148. cocotel
1:22 PM GMT on September 05, 2007
Lots of wind and pounding surf this morning but that's okay... bye Felix
147. plywoodstatenative
1:12 PM GMT on September 05, 2007
roatan, on Master's blog there was someone who said his co-worker had gone down to your area to do some diving and that she had not been heard from since. Have you had any news of anyone missing from diving trips or such in your area?
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146. WidespreadPanic
1:10 PM GMT on September 05, 2007
That's great to hear. I hope all is well with the center.

Take care,

WSP
145. roatangardener
1:08 PM GMT on September 05, 2007
good morning all. the sun is back out but the wind is very surpisingly up to 35 mph with higher gusts...it even woke me up at 2 am. but it is a very beautiful day and im glad our lovely island was spared - again.

my boyfriend on the coast is ok too. they got lots of rain but were spared the heavy winds.

the news is just coming in on the rest of central america. all in all not as bad as we all thought it would be. nicarauga will rally along with honduras and get those displaced people on the moskito coast back home soon.

im off to work to see how my garden center fared.

will ck in later. helen
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144. aquak9
11:53 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
RG, good to see you dropping by. Glad, so glad to hear that the animals are still seeking comfort and playfulness. Your words about the parrots before, were sad. It's good, so good, to know that your extended "family" is safe.

love and prayers to everyone in your area, hello to all the lurkers.
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143. Raysfan70
10:29 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
Good Morning {{Roatan}}.

glitter-graphics.com
Have a WUnderful Wednesday. :-)
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142. EmmyRose
4:22 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
reading the devastation on mlc's blog is really terrifying how horrific Felix is.
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141. razorsharp
4:09 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
Thanks for all the info over the past couple of days. Over here in Australia it is hard to find reliable information. Hope everything is OK on Utila, at the Jade Seahorse, and Dive services.
Well donr.
140. EmmyRose
3:16 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
thanks for the update. and also the info on the la maskitia folks.
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139. Beachfoxx
2:18 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
Good to know you are safe and sound. Glad that the storm bypassed you. I hope others managed to stay safe as well.
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138. palmettobug53
1:21 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
So glad to hear from you. I've been thinking about you all day. And glad that the community here has helped you get through this.

It's a relief to find that Roatan hasn't had the problems that the mainland has had today. From what little bit I've heard, it has been terrible there. As you said, what news is getting out is jumbled and vague, which is to be expected when a storm of this strength makes landfall. Power is out; communications are down. It will be days before we will find out the extent of the damage.

Have you heard anything from your boyfriend? I hope he, and the rest of them there, are OK.
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137. cocotel
1:08 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
Here are a couple of photos to add to Helen's report. Dark clouds and rumbling thunder for a good part of the day on the south coast; clearer skies on the north side. I drove from east to west and back this afternoon and was very impressed with how well our island prepared for Felix. Friends in La Ceiba reported that they are experiencing intermittent squalls w/ heavy rains but little or no wind.

It's terrific knowing you're all out there for us!

The View Restaurant, NORTH shore Roatan at 3:15 p.m.



From Coxen Hole, Roatan, SOUTH shore looking southwest, 4:00 p.m.





136. whitewabit (Mod)
1:05 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
good to hear the weather isn't bad there...please keep us udated of damages around the area...everyone is in our thoughts...
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135. Rainman32
12:56 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
Thanks so much for the update Helen! Had to drag myself away from here earlier.. very pleased that things have turned out as well as they have for you, and also that the WU community was able to provide comfort and companionship during this time.
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134. roatangardener
12:29 AM GMT on September 05, 2007
hi everyone. sorry, i just had to shut down for a while and play with my dogs and comfort my young worried parrot. they really sense the change in pressure and climate.

were all fine. its still raining now but not a super heavy rain. just rain.

ive been watching the local news from the mainland on tv but its hard to seperate the real news from the attempt to scare the hell out of themselves and everyone else.

when i have a real report on those folks out there in la miskitia i will definately get it to you.

i heard someone on the weather channel earlier today say "...they call it the mosquito coast because of all the marsh land.." so far from the correct facts. they are miskito indians, a mixed race (black and indigenous indian) group that have inhabited and fished that coast for a couple of hundred years...

anyway. i will definately get you a correct report when i know its being reported with real facts.

the reporters are currently watching san pedro sula and tegucigalpa the capital... and of course Copan on our extreme western border with guate and el salvador. so its not over yet here and until the storm passes completely and all the data is in they will continue to watch whatever is current.


we've had power all day which actually is uncommon here. weve been having power outages due to some problems in the local power company but thankfully not today.

i just listened to a report from puerta cabezas where the eye entered and they report 4 persons dead but several towns are leveled. something like 5,500 houses destroyed. will get more on this asap. nicarauga is now declared a disaster area.

been raining here on roatan now for about 3 hours without stopping but never extremely hard, and very little wind. will come back on and report anything that seems credible.

one more time i cannot thank all of you enough for the support. i never felt alone - not for one minute. later. helen

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133. hurigo
10:29 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Gardener, we sure are looking forward to hearing from you when you are able to post.
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132. Dodabear
9:51 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
roatangardener,

Looks like there is some heavy convection headed your way. Thunderstorms and such, but not the hurricane winds and tides. It is part of one of the feeder bands that seem to have separated from the main storm.
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131. palmettobug53
9:23 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Okay... it's been a while since you've checked in. Hope it's just a temporary loss of power and that the situation on Roatan has not gotten bad. The folks on TWC were asking Cantore (by phone; he's in Belize) if anyone had heard what the situation was in the Bay Islands. He replied that so far, they had not.

You know, one thing you may want to get, is a very good radio, battery powered, of course. Something that could pick up stations from a long ways away. You'd have to ask some of the more technical folks here what is available that would meet your needs.

One of the worst things for us after Hugo, was not knowing what was going on. Rumors were flying all over the place. Some turned out to be true; most were not.

Our land lines never went out, so we could call family but it's just not the same as listening to the news as they broadcast it. They could report what was on their local news but it may not have included what we really needed to know. Our TV stations were up and running on generators within 24 hours; there was one local radio station that had the foresight to get a generator. And being where we are, most radios could pick up stations in surrounding towns that still had power.

So, that's something you might want to think about, for later.
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130. Beachfoxx
8:54 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
I hope you have kept safe. Felix has been a monster!!! Be blessed and stay safe.
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129. Dodabear
8:20 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Rainman32,

Where do you get those awesome Google images with the track on them????
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128. hurigo
8:06 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Hello Gardener, sounds like you are doing okay, for which we are thankful. Thanks for putting up the pictures. Hope as time goes by that we will hear good news reports from the countries impacted. Concern, of course, for the Indians and those reported to have lost roofing. Haven't heard news reports in detail. Suppose it will take time to assess the conditions.
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127. Alleyoops
7:58 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
CRS..anymore news from down there on how the folks are doing...They seem to have a fear for those in the mountains more from landslides etc.
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126. Idnas
7:55 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
I have following your exciting couple of days - I am so glad you have been spared the worst of the weather.

125. CaicosRetiredSailor
6:34 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Early reports from Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua estimate 80 to 90% roof loss by wind.

CRS
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124. roatangardener
5:56 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
first band of rain has arrived. blowing from se maybe 25 mph
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123. charlestonlady
5:52 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Hi RG! just checking in with you. Glad your doing well. Prayers still going out to the people south of you.
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122. Rainman32
5:16 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Felix Slams Ashore As Category 5 Storm
News and Videos

Associated Press via South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Hurricane Felix batters Nicaragua, Honduras

AFP.com
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121. palmettobug53
5:02 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Just checking in on ya, hon! Looks like you've lucked out but don't relax until the sun comes back out and you've got blue skies!

this is the first time I've had a chance to take a peek online. I'm at work and on my lunch break.

Crab is right; create a personal checklist. And during hurricane season, have some things packed and ready to grab and go. See Crab's blog on his bug out bags for some handy info.

Crab, who all else had some evac/prep blogs, with lists of stuff to have on hand or to take, when you bug out? Roatan needs to check them out and adapt the info to her personal needs.
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120. sandiquiz
4:52 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Helen - here is one of your pictures

Felix

From my front porch, very black and now lots of thunder
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119. EmmyRose
4:46 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
yes yes that is what I was afraid of
ask Aqua.
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118. Rainman32
4:45 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
It is the Miskito Indians who are the indigenous people in that part of Central America and the most exposed. Unfortunately reports are starting to come in of damage and death, particularly in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.


Major hurricane hits Central America, 2 reported dead
Felix smashes up a port on Nicaragua's coast and threatens deadly mudslides in Honduras and Guatemala.


Reuters AlertNet www.alertnet.org
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117. roatangardener
4:39 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
just spoke to my boyfriend who is inland from Trujillo (just a little west of Limon on the north coast of Honduras) he says it is pouring rain there now. but the rescue crew there is ready. they have a boat and gas... will keep getting updates from him. trying to upload some photos. very slow going.

will keep taking photos and posting them on the wunder photos area
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116. EmmyRose
4:10 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
what a beautiful place.
I just heard that they couldn't rescue
the M. Indians (?) from a certain island
there - I am sorry I didn't catch the name
of them, but that is so sad.

Tell Aqua I'm not driving
so I can really cry now. :-)
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115. Rainman32
4:09 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Helen sent WU-mail about how to embed. appearently the site is having problems with photos right now though.. too much traffic I'm sure!
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114. Rainman32
4:04 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
An updated special treat from Roatan! "Before and After" pics from Brick Bay

Clear day, taken at Treetops in Brick Bay, Roatan


Taken at 9:21 a.m. 9/4/07, from south coast of Roatan looking toward mainland Honduras
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113. roatangardener
3:32 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
how to i embed photos directly in these comments?
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112. roatangardener
3:26 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
on my way out to the porch standby
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111. Rainman32
3:20 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
A special treat from Roatan! this image was taken a bit earlier at Brick Bay. Time to get out that camera Helen, looks like some good outer bands coming your way.. and thanks for uploading the personal pic, you two look wonderful!

Roatan 821am
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110. Rainman32
3:12 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
I believe this will be the last post of the Hurricane Mapping GE image! While I am grateful that the Bay Islands were spared, my thoughts now go to those who were not as fortunate.

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109. hurricanecrab
2:50 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
p.s. I wouldn't consider you completely out of the woods yet Helen. Unlikely, but still possible for a shift. Keep vigilant.... looking forward to your photos.
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108. hurricanecrab
2:49 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Really glad to see you Helen ;o) Hopefully the evacuations to the south of you were sucessful and everyone will be safe.

Just a suggestion.... take a moment soon, while things are fresh in your mind, and write down a hurricane response plan for yourself.... it really makes a difference when the storms are bearing down on you. We learn things every time, note changes in procedure, things that we wished we'd had time to do, etc. etc. It's an evolving document, and keeps a person from forgetting things in the hectic times before a storm, and makes your next response a little more controlled, more effective.

If I find any news about those affected by Felix, I'll post it here ;o)

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107. tornadofan
2:45 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
roatangardener - Looks like you've escaped the severe damage, yet there may still be some wild weather, I bet. Take care!
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106. Gatorxgrrrl
2:37 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Glad to hear all is well Helen. Hugs to you and your family! {{}}
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105. roatangardener
2:30 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
yes i have a camera and will take some photos if i see something that would be of interest

i have some terrible photos of the aftermath of wilma. will dig them out and post them.
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104. hurigo
1:48 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Gardener, do you have a camera? Might you take some pictures of the view to the south? What's the mood on the island? How are things going in Limon?
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103. sunshinestate
1:44 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Helen - I can only say WOOOOOHOOOOO! I am so happy to hear that the Bay Islands escaped this nasty thing. It will be muggy for days after the storm, it just fascinates me.

Keep the rotties under control if you can, I have three. Yours are so cute! Great dogs!

Angela
102. EmmyRose
1:31 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Helen....so grateful you will be okay
prayers and white light go out to those
who are affected by this monster

Rainman....can I say this again? You are amazing.
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101. roatangardener
1:28 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
its so hot and still and muggy now. and can hear thunder from the south - between our south shore and the mainland of honduras. it looks pretty dark towards the south.

truth be told we could use the rain. some rain anyway.
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100. reeldrlaura
12:42 PM GMT on September 04, 2007
Helen......breathing a sigh of relief for you , and holding nic/hon in our hearts and prayers.
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