Waiting for Dorian

As I write this, Hurricane Dorian is churning northwest across the Atlantic, taking direct aim at Green Turtle Cay and the other northern Bahamian islands. Predictions are that the storm could reach Category 3 or even 4 strength by the time it passes over the Bahamas on Sunday.

Map of Hurricane Dorian’s predicted path, courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

Though neither Tom nor I are on Green Turtle Cay at the moment, our amazing property managers Michael and Jennifer Sawyer of Abaco Breeze Properties have ensured that Fish Hooks is closed up tight and ready for Dorian. We’ve been in touch with a number of our friends and family members in Abaco, and everyone’s busy boarding up and battening down.

Installing hurricane shutters at Linton’s Cottages, Green Turtle Cay (Photo by Fanny McIntosh)

Yesterday, Bluff House posted on their Facebook page that they’ve closed early for the season: “Guests took flights out, the marina is empty and staff went home to their families. Now all we can do is stand by…and drink a few Tranquil Turtle Rum Punches!”

To eliminate debris that could blow around and injure people or damage structures, Green Turtle Cay is holding a town clean up this afternoon (August 30.)

Whether you’re in the Bahamas or the U.S., here are a few timely reminders from the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

And please don’t forget your four-legged friends. Bring animals inside if at all possible, and be sure to stock up on food, water and medications for them as well.

For updates as Dorian approaches, here are some links that may be helpful:

For those in Dorian’s path, please take this storm seriously. Make the necessary preparations and be safe. If you can, keep in touch and let me know how you’re doing. I’ll post and share any photos or updates I receive.

Sending good wishes to all.

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  9 comments for “Waiting for Dorian

  1. Reggie Patterson
    August 30, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Amanda, like you, I am far from Abaco, and it is absolutely nerve-wracking, this waiting, watching the Weather Channel constantly, and not knowing what is going to happen. We are in PA, on our annual summer sojourn to cooler climes. I don’t know if you have ever been through a bad hurricane, but I experienced Floyd and several others, and seeing the raw power of nature is traumatizing, to say the least. I’ll never forget the way the wind howled. Now, all I can do is call my son, my employees, etc., and give instructions and advice And pray a lot. We all have things back on Abaco we love, and want to keep safe. Lets just pray real hard that this is not another ’32.

    • August 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm

      Reggie, I feel for you. It’s such a strange feeling — being relieved not to be in physical danger, but feeling so helpless while you just watch and wait. I’ve not been through a storm as bad as this one, thankfully, but I am so afraid for our family and friends who are in Dorian’s path. Please keep in touch and let me know if you hear anything. I will do the same.

    • Bill
      August 31, 2019 at 10:13 am

      I have a boat at the yard on GTC and need to know when airports at Treasure or Marsh will be open so I can get back and check things over. Is there a good contact number for this info?

      • August 31, 2019 at 4:49 pm

        Hi, Bill. Your best bet is probably to keep in touch with the airlines — they will know once the airports will be open. (And their phones will probably be up when all the local numbers in Abaco are down, which is highly likely to happen fairly early on.) If/when I find out, I’ll certainly post the information.

      • Erica Wolfe
        September 3, 2019 at 11:39 am

        I have a boat in GT too. Considering it gone, but hoping not. I hope yours is ok

  2. Erica Wolfe
    September 3, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Is there any update from GT? We have friends there. We are very worried.

    How’s your house? Any update?

  3. GG
    September 3, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Amanda please know we are thinking about you and hoping that your friends and family are managing as best they can. Devastating. We feel helpless. Can’t imagine what you’re going through.
    Bill & Georgy

    • September 4, 2019 at 6:46 am

      Bill & Georgy, thank you so much for your note. The news is so very bad. Total devastation. But at least on Green Turtle Cay, everyone is safe and accounted for at this point, and that’s what’s most important. Everything else is replaceable. Sending love to you both.

  4. John Moriarity
    September 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Concerned about Brendal and his family and crew. Any word?

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