It's 0300 zulu Saturday, and the wind here remains Tropical Storm force. Aircraft flew through the storm a while ago and report 145 mph sustained wind with higher gusts. The center is 150 miles south of here and passed through my longitude about an hour ago. We've been without power since late afternoon but the phone line is still working...amazing. I have not had a look at the South shore but the seas must be huge. They were calling for 18-20 ft. breakers. I'll go over there in the morning but the rib is going to stay chained down in the bush. I'm overlooking the North shore and I can see lights of five large ships off shore hanging in the lea. When you start parking oil tankers and container ships you know you got a sea state issue!
Those poor buggers in Jamaica are in for a very bad time, them and the Caymans. The forecast is for further strengthening and it's just shy of Catagory 5 already.
We feel like we dodged a bullet here. It would have been a month of Sundays putting it back together if we'd taken a direct hit.