This is a post we hoped we didn’t have to write, but unfortunately, the inevitable has come and it is time. Hurricane IRMA is now a super powerful Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 150Kts/170MPH/230Kph, possibly 50ft waves near the eye centre, a massive storm surge, and torrential rains.
It now has SXM directly in the crosshairs, and along with Anguilla and St Barth’s it is scheduled to hit with tropical storm force winds in the evening on the 5th and making destructive hurricane landfall early Wednesday Sept 6th. At its current speed the storm part of this nightmare should be over by dinner time on the 6th, however, in those 8h it will pummel the islands and everything on them, leaving behind almost complete destruction. This will be a devastating storm for people, houses, vegetation, boats, infrastructure and the islands in general. We have secured ARAVILLA as best we can and we’re now hoping there is something positive with the storm track/strength. Every little bit will help at this point.
Our most important concern at this point is to wish everyone in its path the best and plead with people to please stay safe, be fully prepared for the worst, and take no unnecessary risks. We’ve said this a lot this last few days, but it bears repeating — things can be replaced, people cannot. We will give updates on the status of the islands, our community there, and the boats when we can. For now we wait and think positive thoughts for the Friendly Island, its neighbours, and all there battling this impending disaster.
Please see the following links for some information:
National Hurricane Center
Much Love and Hope
Derek & Cindy
32 thoughts on “Hurricane IRMA”
Thinking of you and everyone in the islands. My heart breaks for all those who are coping with the loss and destruction left behind. May you stay safe and strong as you deal with the aftermath. Much love and light being sent your way.
Cindy, hope all is OK with you and Derek.
Salut j’ai une pensée pour toi et tes amis de st-Martin.
C’est triste ce qui arrive.
Stay safe everyone.
Praying for your friends and boat.
In our thoughts and prayers💗
Love St. Maarten please stay safe beautiful people and help your neighbour.
Thinking of everyone at SXM sending prayers xoxo
Was just going to book a trip. Second time they have been hit in 2 years.
We recommend coming in the winter, much less risk then 🙂
Plans for the winter
You should book Aravilla Wendy with your friends. Cat holds 6 of you and then the captain Derek and Cindy. Guarantee good times ❤
“We have secured Aravilla” – I assume it’s not possible for you to GTFOutta there, go visit somewhere out of the storm path for a few weeks? I’ll admit I have no idea of the practicalities, or how truly deep-sea-worthy you are. In any case, best of luck to you+yours!
That’s a plan some people take for sure. However, our boat was secured on the hard a month ago which leaves it in “hurricane ready” state and buried deep in a boat yard. To fly down, prepare and plead with the yard to relaunch, and then get the hell out of the way of a storm that apparently cannot make up its mind — I won’t say it’s impossible, but very risky.
Ah I see, sorry, hadn’t realised it was already ashore, and in fact sounded like you were on it. If you’re far from danger, you’re absolutely right, not worth the risk. Stay safe, and best of luck!
Thinking of you. May God keep you safe!
PRAYERS FOR YOU!! love and hugs Rosie & Ken OXOX
Wow. Fingers crossed and a prayer said to keep you both safe. May luck and good fortune be on your side.
Derek/Cindy we sailor’s always hang together 🙂 understand that she is only a boat and can be replaced but the two of you cannot. Godspeed and if you make it up to the Midwest I’ve got a sailboat for you on Lake Michigan that you can enjoy.
You said it best Jeff…we’ll get through this and figure out what’s left on the flip side.
Hold fast, guys. Thinking of you. XO
Thank you for the sharing. We are thinking of you…and sending hope and best wishes. Good luck.
Thanks Shannon – we appreciate it
Thinking all the positive I can for SXM and you guys. Good luck.
Sending you positive thoughts from down under😎
Thanks Deanna – we’re in Canada now, but concerned for our friends and boat
We were just talking about you two this morning. We will watch for your updates. Hold on and agreed; be safe!
We are very worried. We are picking Sandra and Eric tomorrow in Seattle to stay with us again before they fly home. Hope there is an island to go home to.
Oh no, keep us posted.
Great post !
Exactly, only people are irreplaceable! Stay safe everyone!