Well Tropical Storm Erika passed through overnight, and little to no damage was reported throughout the island. I just took a quick walk around Cruz Bay and it was hard to even find a puddle. There are no trees down, no downed wires, no damage of any sorts that I could see. Over in Coral Bay, however, there is at least one very large tree down on Kings Hill Road and we heard that the African Queen is now up on the rocks in Coral Bay harbor.
But despite the fact that we had pretty much no damage here on St. John, the governor has imposed a territory-wide curfew until 5 p.m. tonight. This means that you are not supposed to be out walking around or driving. That being said, there were just a ton of people walking around Cruz Bay and a car just drove past my home as I wrote that last sentence. 🙂 The police are out though and will tell you to go home if they see you.
UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. – We just heard that the curfew has been lifted on St. John and St. Thomas, however nothing official has been posted.
The airports have reopened but the ports remain closed. The Coast Guard is expected to make a determination when they will reopen by 9:30 a.m. this morning. We’ll keep you posted.
Please cross your fingers for those of us on island who are desperately trying to leave today in order to make Kenny Chesney’s Boston show tomorrow night!! And cross your fingers for my friend Lindsay who is desperately trying to make a wedding up north tomorrow! 🙂