Isaac, the storm that spared St.Maarten

POSTED: 08/24/12 4:08 PM

GREAT BAY- St.Maarten was spared the worst of Tropical Storm Isaac but as our photos from photographer Leo Brown suggests some areas did get a beating from heavy winds and intermittent rain, as well as the choppy seas.

Everyone took precautions as we were fed continuous information from the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) but for a large cross-section of citizens, Isaac was the storm that wasn’t.

In issuing a final advisory on Thursday, the Meteorological Department of Curacao (MDC) said that the storm was continuously “moving Westward through the Eastern Caribbean Sea away from St. Maarten.”

As forecasted, local weather conditions included fresh to moderate winds and occasional heavy downpours throughout Thursday. However it turned out that no significant threat was posed to island.

It was not surprising to us that a few rain lovers and adrenaline junkies were sorely disappointed.

One St. James resident said “I was very disappointed because we needed some rain to full the cisterns and possibly relax at home. I had also planned to take photos of the weather in action.”

But still there are those who are thankful that St.Maarten did not face Isaac’s fury.

“On the whole French Side there was no harsh weather, just a little wind and that was it. We were expecting some water and everyone prepared for it but we were pleasantly surprised,” an Agreement barber stated.

Single mother Jennifer spent most of Thursday morning preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. She lives in Philipsburg but usually performs security duties on the night shift in St. Peters.

“It never hurts to prepare. We are still thankful that nothing happened because I had to leave my kids home at 11:00 pm.”

But what St.Maarten missed, islands as far South as Trinidad and Tobago endured.  The twin island’s capital was severely flooded all day Friday.

The Associated Press also reported that Tropical Storm Isaac “churned toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday, threatening to strengthen into a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as the Republicans gather for their national convention.”

The storm dumped heavy rain across eastern and southern Puerto Rico and whipped up waves as high as 10 feet (3 meters) in the Caribbean as it moved through the region.

U.S. forecasters said Isaac could become a Category 1 hurricane today as it reaches the U.S.

Tropical Depression #10 according to the National Hurricane Center was upgraded to the 10th named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Joyce.

Joyce, up to noon Thursday was located over 1300 miles east of the Leeward Islands out in the Atlantic Ocean.  She is not expected to affect the country in any way and pass several hundred miles North of St.Maarten on Thursday.

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