We watched into the evening as Hurricane Irma bore down on Antigua. At the 11th hour... about 11 PM Pacific time, we saw a slight shift to the north and Irma veered off, the eye passing about 40 miles from the island. As the evening went on we saw wind reports from Barbuda peak at about 118 MPH before registering calm. The calm was a cruel trick, the wind instrument had simply ceased working.
This morning we learned that Antigua was largely undamaged. Lots of flooding and debris but not much else. A spokesperson from our boat yard reports that there is no obvious damage.
Not so on Barbuda, Saint Barts, Tortola and points west. So much damage.
|Irma - a beast
|Paraquita Bay, Tortola before
|Paraquita Bay, Tortola after
|Bearing down on Fajardo, PR
Glen and Pam, Blue Pearl - at home safe and sound.