TS Alex – June 26-10

June 27, 2010, 8:25 AM CMT
- all is well here on Caye Caulker
- I went for a bike ride this morning around the entire island to what was happening and not too much to report
- I saw only one tree down, palm fronds down here and there, no damage to buildings, just lots of water
- many people had pulled their boats out of the water, so I imagine they’ll be going back in the water today
- storm stats for Caye Caulker
……… – maximum sustained winds 36 mph, maximum gust 42 mph, minimum pressure 995.6 mb

June 26, 2010, 10:15 PM CMT
- windy now, still from the south, 10 minute average is 23 mph, gusting to 35 mph, rain has stopped
- barometer 1003.6 and rising
- we believe the storm has passed for the most part, just need to ride out this last bit of wind for a few more hours..
- next update in the morning

June 26, 2010, 7:38 PM CMT
- ok, I’m wet… VERY WET
- I just went outside to check on the boats, they’re ok, but big winds and waves are hitting them from the south
- the wind and waves are coming parallel to the shore, so they’re hitting the dock and boats broadside…
- the winds are still from the south, 10 min average is 27 mph with gusts to 40 mph
- barometer 999.8 mb and rising with steady rain…

June 26, 2010, 7:10 PM CMT
- wow, strong winds from the south now, 10 min average is 31 mph with gusts to 41 mph
- the wind direction is indicative of the fact that the storm is to the west of us now…
- earlier, reports were that maximum sustained winds were 65 mph, now I believe it
- winds on the north and east sides of storms are higher…
- barometer has risen a bit, now at 998.5 mb…

June 26, 2010, 5:52 PM CMT
- the latest news is that the center of the storm is 10 to 15 SE of Belize City
- winds here are still from the north, we should see them change to the east as the storm moves further west
- usually, the winds north and east of a storm are the highest, but we haven’t seen anything like what they say the max sustained winds are
- the highest we’ve see today is gusts to 38 mph
- right now, the 10 minute average wind speed is just 10 mph, with rain showers, not too heavy…
- barometer is now 996.3 mb, the lowest I’ve seen in a while… :)

June 26, 2010, 3:51 PM CMT
Another quick update:
- here on Caye Caulker the wind is picking up again, presently from the North at 18 mph with gusts to 28 mph and increasing
- barometer is still falling at 1000.6
- people have been pulling their boats out of the water all day
- all the stores are closing at 5 pm and word on the street is that the big winds will be here in an hour
- the fire truck has been going up & down the streets with the siren on making sure that everyone knows about the storm
- we’re ready here!

June 26, 2010, 2:47 PM CMT

- the 16:00 EST report indicates a change in the path of the storm
- it is now expected to pass SOUTH of Caye Caulker and in fact, south of Belize City, estimated pressure is 996 mb
- at the center of the storm, winds are estimated at 65 mph
- here, we have winds from the North at 12 mph, gusts to 19 mph, barometer 1001.7 mb and falling

June 26, 2010, 2:17 PM CMT

- the high winds have passed for the moment and it’s strangely quiet
- the wind has shifted to the east for the last 30 minutes, but now it’s coming back around to the north
- barometer is now 1002.1 and falling…
- more later…

June 26, 2010, 1:15 PM CMT

- Tropical Storm Alex is fast approaching the northern coast of Belize. Actually, it’s heading right for Caye Caulker…
- we have winds from the NW at 19 mph with gusts to 38 mph
- the barometer is falling rapidly at 1002.3 mb
- we’re expecting winds to be in the range of 60 mph by 6 PM and through the evening
- the shutters are down, we have extra drinking water on hand, the boat is secure…


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