I was on Anguilla when Tropical Storm Isaac passed about 140 miles south of the island on the night of August 22-August 23, 2012. I did worry about it a bit when I first heard the storm was on its way, but after asking around and getting advice from local friends like “All you need is a generator and some rum and everything will be ok.”, I started to adopt the “Eh, it’s no big deal. – Here, have a beer.” attitude that surrounded me. (For the record, some people argued against the need for a generator and said that a lamp/gas lantern would be just fine. The necessity of the rum, however, was never once disputed.)
The storm really must not have been so bad because I slept pretty much through the whole thing. I did hear the strong gusts of wind and the heavy rain, but it was nothing scary. I’m thankful for that.
The morning after the storm came through, I happened to be at the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa with some friends and spotted the high waves on the sea from the lobby area. When I expressed my desire to get a closer look, my companions, who were locals, told me to go down, take a picture, and bring it back to show them as this wasn’t really anything new to them. Fueled by the fascination with something I had never seen before, I headed down toward Rendezvous Bay with my video camera in hand:
Pretty crazy, right?
Needless to say, the public and private ferries to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten did not run that day due to the rough seas. I didn’t hear of any major damage on the island, but I know that some people did lose power. The winds lasted through much of the day after the storm (Thursday), but by Friday, ferries were running again and most things seemed pretty much back to normal. All in all, Isaac didn’t do much harm to Anguilla and, in fact, brought some much needed rain to the island.
Those who were and are still in Isaac’s direct path, however, are in a much more serious situation. I’m keeping them in my thoughts and am praying for their safety and quick recovery.