As the large waves subside, reports of damage are coming in from across the Caribbean. Thankfully in most cases it does not appear to be severe and at this point there is only one fatality being reported (in Barbados)
Here’s the story so far….
Barbados: One person drowned, damage to several boats. Harbour operations disrupted for the day. We passed the Harbour today and several cruise ships were docked so we can assume port operations are back to normal. In a couple of places along the west coast the sea has over run the coastal road depositing sand but no significant damage is reported.
Trinidad: Lifeguards were kept busy at Maracas and Las Cuevas beaches in the north of Trinidad, however beaches remained open and no significant damage was reported. Lifeguards made at least one rescue, however no drownings reported.
Huge waves pounded Tobago beaches that were closed
The popular beach was completely deserted as all bathing was restricted on instruction of Tobago Lifeguard Supervisor Michael Baker. In fact, Baker yesterday warned all visitors and locals to stay away from beaches on the sister isle for the weekend. “I am strongly advising visitors who have come to enjoy the clean, green, safe and serene ambience of Tobago to stay away from beaches for the next 48 to 72 hours unless otherwise advised,” Baker said.
As nine to 12-foot surges began affecting the country, some establishments reported that sea surges accompanying the system sent water into rooms and other sections of the properties.cores of boat owners took refuge in the sheltered harbourage of Marigot Bay along the west coast to ride out the waves, while beachgoers heeded advice to stay out of the waters.
A total of 800 people were evacuated due to the intensity of the waves, which destroyed around 20 homes, the Eddy González day care center and a farmer’s market; the runway at the Gustavo Rizo airport was also damaged (flights were cancelled) and 100-plus other buildings, including a children’s playground and La Rusa Hotel.