Taking a Few Days Off…

I’m not sure but all of you, but I’ve been glued to the coverage of Hurricane Dorian. I think I can speak on behalf of many St. John residents when I say that our hearts are broken for the people of the Abacos. We understand what they are going through and what lies ahead. I pray that the people living in Florida and the Southeast US are spared this storm’s fury.

I visited Elbow Cay last year before my son was born. It was a “babymoon” of sorts, a vacation I will never forget. I loved the island and its people. I pray for them all today and those living on the neighboring islands.

With that, I am going to take a couple of days off. I hope you all have a nice Labor Day.

Parade & Car Show Happening Monday

Coral Bay Overlook July 6 2019

Hello everyone and Happy Labor Day! There are some great things happening Monday in Coral Bay. Here’s a quick rundown…

The fifth annual Love City Car Show starts Monday at 9 a.m. in the Coral Bay ball field. Here are the details straight from the organizers:

As in the past, we are working with St John Festival Committee in revitalizing the “back time” Labor Day festivities held in Coral Bay. The Love City Annual Car Show’s mission is to support the youth of St John. We offer alternative activities for the children and encourage them to get involved right here at home on St John. At the same time we are bringing our very special community together for a fun time of food, drink, entertainment and a car show!.

We have expanded this year to include our very finest “Safari” taxis and there will be a trophy competition for this new category. Of course the sound category is bigger than ever and we will have many more motorcycles and trucks and antique cars and well you get the idea.

There will be more food and drink vendors, more music with a DJ and a possible live band again. We are adding more activities for the children including our popular “HOT WHEELS” race track.

The Car Show organizers recently donated $500 to the St. John School of the Arts and an additional $500 to the KATS (Kids and the Sea) program. The donations came from last year’s show proceeds.

Love City Community Network is streaming the event live. You can watch it here.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual Coral Bay Labor Day parade starts at 11 a.m. The parade starts in the parking lot at Oasis and ends over in the ball field. There will be a back to school giveaway for the first 100 schoolchildren immediately following the parade.

 

Blue Skies are Back!

Great Cruz Bay, Aug. 29, 2019

Great Cruz Bay, Aug. 29, 2019

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Hurricane Dorian is officially out of the Territory… thank goodness for that! (Although we are hoping that it doesn’t hit our friends in Florida and the southeastern part of the US.) Blues skies are back, and things are getting back to normal today. Here’s a quick rundown of everything we know as of 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning.

  • Update: The ports reopened early after on Thursday. (We chatted with the Coast Guard in San Juan right around 9 a.m. this morning. They said they still need to assess the ports in St. John and St. Thomas, and therefore they remain closed until further notice. This means that all boat traffic, including the people ferries and barges, are not operating. As soon as we learn that they reopen, we will let you know.)
  • The curfew has been lifted as of 8 a.m. All businesses should be open today.
  • The airport reopened at 7 a.m.
  • A portion of the island remains without power. The Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority announced that it is currently working to restore power island-wide.
  • The Virgin Islands National Park announced that it will work to make certain all beaches and trails are clear of debris today.
  • The Animal Care Center announced that all of the animals at the shelter are fine.
  • Dana Bartlett, who operates the Carolina Corral in Coral Bay, announced that all of her animals are fine as well.

Want to see what conditions look like for yourself? Check out our webcams at www.newsofstjohn.com/webcams

If you have any other specific questions, please let us know, and we will do our best to answer. Thanks and have a great day everyone!

Hurricane Dorian Moving Out of the Territory

Great Cruz Bay at 5 p.m. on August 28, 2019 Great Cruz Bay at 5 p.m. on August 28, 2019

Well folks, that was unexpected.

The hurricane predictions issued by the National Hurricane Center were off by about 140 miles, according to Dan Boyd’s St. John VI Weather page. Rather than going south of St. John as predicted, the center of the storm came extremely close to St. John. The drastic change caught many on island off guard. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the center of the storm was about 45 miles northwest of St. Thomas.

St. John received heavy rains and significant wind during the early afternoon hours. It continues to rain as of 5 p.m. and it remains breezy. The strongest winds are believed to have passed, fortunately. Some tress have fallen, as have large limbs. We’ve chatted with several friends on island, and none have reported major damage.

Large limb falls on Roman Road near the Westin. Large limb falls on Roman Road near the Westin.

The airport will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. The seaports remain closed. The curfew is in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Tropical Storm Dorian: 11 a.m. Update

Hi all, it looks as though the center of Tropical Storm Dorian will pass very close to St. John. According to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm’s maximum sustained winds increased and are now at 70 miles per hour. St. John is now under a hurricane warning.

Wind speed probabilities as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2019 Wind speed probabilities as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2019

We put together a short video, which was taken in the last hour. The videos were sent to us by Palm Tree Charters, who are now home safely after checking on their boat in Cruz Bay, and also by The Beach Bar owners.

The winds and rain are both expected to intensify throughout the day.

Click here to read our 9:30 a.m. update. 

Click here to read our 8 a.m. update.

Curfew Starting at Noon; Details on Flights, Etc. (9:30a.m.)

1130am update: Spirit cancelled its flight for today.

The Governor just announced that there will be a territory-wide curfew beginning at noon today, August 28. The curfew will continue until 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

For those of you vacationing on island, when a curfew is put into place, you must remain in your home/villa/hotel. All of the businesses on St. John will be closed.

As mentioned at 8 a.m., the ports are closed. This means the ferries and barges are not operating.

The Virgin Islands Port Authority stated just before 9:30 a.m. that the airport remains open. American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne and Air Sunshine have cancelled all of their flights. As of 9:30 a.m., Delta and JetBlue are set to arrive and depart as scheduled. Here is what the Port Authority wrote pertaining to travelers and the curfew:

“Although a curfew will be implemented at 12 noon, travelers may use their identification cards and their ticket or boarding pass as proof that they are traveling to the airport for their flight. VIPA has communicated with the VI Police Department that the airports are open.”

The following video was taken over Great Cruz Bay at 9 a.m.

Click here to read our 8 a.m. update.