Hurricane Dean passed to the north of the island last night leaving Barbados much wetter but not much worse for wear. Reports coming out of St. Lucia indicate that there has been some damage to buildings and that it has been rough on the trees.
St. Lucia state radio reported the capital was flooded and cluttered with wind-blown debris. Boulders from a sea wall were shoved onto roads by the force of storm surges. A boat sat in the road, lifted from the sea by the storm.
A 62-year-old man was swept away in a rain-swollen river while attempting to retrieve a cow, in the storm’s first death, police said.
The eye of Dean passed between St. Lucia and the French island of Martinique, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
At 1:45 p.m. EDT, Dean was centered about 175 miles west of Martinique and was moving west at about 22 mph.
Our thoughts now turn to Jamaica and Cayman who are on the track for what seems to be set to become the first major hurricane of the year.
We’re sure to hear the usual chorus of “God is a Bajan”, I keep being reminded that Grenadians used to say that “God is a Grenadian”… and then came a storm called Ivan.
I can only hope that we don’t have to face the same lesson.