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.
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.