Wednesday, October 06, 2010
8+ inches of rain in the last 24 hrs in St. Thomas
6+ inches of rain in the same time period in St. Croix
No wonder we're having so much trouble flying the 68 or so miles between the two islands. Add in 60 mph winds (or so) rushing around from this thing which has become Otto - and yes, the center is north of us - but this mess we're having is still part of him.
The early seaplane flight headed out, got to St. Thomas, couldn't land, circled, came back. Our poor deputy sup't of schools was on that flight - I gave up my seat on the seaplane last night, trying to get him back before his wife heads to Canada on vacation - and he still couldn't get back.
Someone emailed me that she waited 5 hours at the seaplane and finally got out. Mind you, the seaplane only has plastic chairs under a plastic awning, with plastic poles holding it up. I'm not sure I want to sit there for 5 hours in torrential rain, waiting to go. A few of us have been waiting for flights to resume a normal, relatively on time pace - then we'll go home.
And the shelters have opened to take in flood victims. Plus school is closed. The entire gov't closed today.
So while rain sounds like a normal, harmless weather condition - well, this isn't. This is our second night stranded on St. Croix. Any more nights and I'll have to start washing clothes.