August 2008

I got home from the office around 10am. It has now stopped raining and wind is virtually gone.  After getting home, I went for a drive and then to pick up my stuff.

All in all, very little damage which is great.  Our place has nothing at all. From my drive, I saw a few uprooted trees, broken twigs and that’s pretty much it.  There may be isolated incidents, but I think this was a “good” hurricane for Grand Cayman. What a sigh of relief. Here are some pictures and video’s I took this morning when I left the office. We dont even seem to have lost power at my place which is great since everything in the freezer and fridge is still cold … including the beer! 🙂

Here is a US Navy satellite picture around when the storm was the closest (3am Saturday, august 30th) to the Island.  We were really lucky! You can see that its much closer to the two sister islands.  They were not as lucky as us!

Here is a construction site near my office.  The “fence” was knocked down.  Minor stuff for sure.

When I got home, I was greeted by Niko, the neighborhood dog, with a wagging tail. What a sweetheart … ! 🙂

The bushes on our lot.  I can see in what direction the wind blew!

In Spotts. Probably the biggest tree I saw uprooted.

Wave action in George Town near Eden rock. No snorkeling today.

Seven mile beach.  Rather large waves.  No swimming here either today.

Video of wave action at Smith Cove

Eden rock just next downtown George Town

Seven mile beach (lots of wind noise on this one)

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Its 6:30am.  Its raining mildly, there is some rain and the infamous bush chickens are up & about … going about their regular business. I just went outside quickly and from what I can see its probably not bad at all ; although I am in an area with office buildings.  Most of the palms did not lose leaves, some debris on the road.  Its all office buildings in this area, so I may not be entirely accurate …

Ill go back out later for some picture and will post some on the way home also. I suspect some areas may be worse than others like for Dean. I have read some reports of flooding in some areas.  Also, we did get some high (it sounded high to me) wind in the early morning, so some homes may not have done well.

More to come later this morning

Quick late night update.  Its raining and the wind is howling outside.  Cant see much but I dont think its very bad. The peak of the storm is approaching (+-2am).  Will try to get some sleep now, but not sure if my wife’s yoga mat will do the job.  Dog is sound asleep … she can sleep anywhere, anytime.  Wish I could so that.

Here is a picture I took of the sunset.   There was a break in the clouds ; it was eerie and browish.  Strange storm!

It has stopped raining again.  Not much new to report to be honest.  Most people in the office want to go home, but the worst is certainly to come.  There are stories of high surge in Cayman Brac … so it may be on its way.  Brac is more east than us so it may be coming soon to Grand Cayman.  Most posts if the storm develops more.

Here is my “blogging/hurricane command center” 🙂  Note the healthy hurricane food composed of Vienna sausages, splenda diet coke and pretzels!

Here is Aipa taking it easy on the floor of my office.

Its raining lots now in George Town, Grand Cayman.

Here is a video from outside my office.  Gustav has started!

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