Bermuda Vacation 2010: Day 15

Horseshoe Beach early this morning

Today started a little earlier than I had planned.  I woke up at 3:00 a.m. because everything was too quiet!  The room had gotten warm and all I could hear was the hum of the ceiling fan in the kitchen.  I got out of bed and looked out the slits in the shutters and the plants in the courtyard were standing upright!  WOW…that was a strange sight!  We have   a miniature oleander and a rosemary bush in the flowerbed and those poor plants have been leaning to the west for over 24 hours!  I was so happy to see little “rosemary” doing well.

The entire Great Sound is covered in white caps.

I guess we were experiencing the “eye” of the storm.  I stayed up about an hour until the wind started kicking up again and then went back to bed.  When I woke up at 7:00 a.m. the wind had gone west/southwest and the white caps were rolling in from Somerset way.  There is quite a gale when you stand near the edge of the front yard but at least it blows you back into the yard (yesterday Mr. Lambert nearly went over the cliff with the wind at his back!).

We thought something looked out of place.

It’s fun looking around between rain showers to see what happened overnight.  There is one cabin cruiser in Riddell’s Bay that is on the golf course…probably not the best lie I’ve seen.  There are tons of limbs down and a few trees that have been uprooted or broken off near the base.   We can already see the brown tinge to the leaves that took the worst beating.

There are shredded leaves covering the yards, roads and parking areas.  Certain plants with broad leaves like the Bay Grapes have lost many leaves.  The palm trees managed well and some of the smaller Palmetto Palms have broken branches.  The Poinsettia Trees look awful and the Match-Me-If-You-Can leaves are limp and shredded.  The one plant that is standing strong is the large Aloe Vera hedges…they look untouched.

We walked down to Horseshoe Beach to find the Beach House area covered in surf, trash, leaves, etc. and new gulleys have been created.  They lost one of their palm trees and the beach has been eroded about 3 feet.

The parking lot at Horseshoe Beach is covered in leaves, trash and water.

The beach house is a mess...sand everywhere, erosion everywhere.

The surf is still rough. The lifeguard stand is pushed back quite a ways. The sand is eroded about 3 feet.

A few neighbors are starting their generators.  We’re sharing ours with Mr. Lambert so he can run his refrigerator.  Belco, the local electric provider, came by before lunch.  They checked out our pole and said they’d have it back on in just a few minutes…waiting, waiting, waiting…our transformer is now sitting on the road.  It doesn’t work really good down there!  I’ve heard they’ll be back sometime today to replace it, even if it’s at night.

Darin was very hopeful that Belco would get our power back on soon.

Occasionally through the morning, the sun came out and the water looked turquoise again rather than the angry gray we’ve seen the last 2 days.  Showers came & went quickly with a tremendous amount of sea-spray. After lunch we actually were predominately sunny with only very, very small showers but continued tropical storm winds.

The boats in Jews Bay appears to be safe and sound...

I’d love to see the other beaches to see how badly the sand has eroded.  We’ve heard stories that a gigantic Government tender, the Bermudian, broke her moorings and is on land in St. George’s near Craig’s boatyard!  The water made it completely over Boaz Island and also onto part of St. George’s town square. There are some really neat pictures being submitted to http://www.bernews.com about the strange things people are finding around the island.  The pictures of St. George’s are amazing.

The electric pole down at the Southampton Sports Club below us is on the ground.  It might be a while before all the power is restored.

This Dockyard boat came off her blocks.

Darin & I took a moped ride to Dockyard just to be nosey.  It was good to be out of the house.  For the most part it’s sunny out but the wind is sure something to be respected.  The boats in Dockyard held up very well.  One large cabin cruiser came off her blocks but she didn’t touch any other boats.  The biggest damage was in Cambridge Beaches where we saw at least 6 boats up on land.

This sailboat hit the shore, has taken on water and broke her mast. She's done.

At Somerset Long Bay there were 5 kite surfers out…it was amazing, like water ballet!  I don’t understand how they have the strength to do it.  They sail both out to the surf then back in, by using their sail.  It’s constant action.  When they catch a big wave, they do flips in the air! It was very interesting watching them.

The kite-surfers are having a ball at Somerset Long Bay by Cambridge Beaches.

It is beautiful to watch. But, it's also dangerous!

The grocery stores down the rode are open, probably on generators.  The gas station hasn’t opened yet.  People are out cleaning their yards and sharing stories. By late afternoon there was quite alot of traffic on the roads.

I’m thankful that Hurricane Igor has not claimed a single life.  The news media is reporting all-is-well.  Tonight on the TV news the anchor said, “Thank God we’re still on the map”.  As small as Bermuda is, it wouldn’t take much to blow her over!

Tomorrow should be “business as usual” with the exception of the mess.  Most boards are coming off the windows.   The buses will be back on schedule although the ferries are waiting until noon to start their schedule.  We haven’t heard the status of the airport yet. Schools have been cancelled for one more day.

We already put the propane tanks back outside but have a few other chores to do to put the house back in it’s original condition!  It’s too early to take the lawn furniture back to the verandah and at times it seems like we may never turn the generator off.  But, we can help open the windows and get the trash gathered up for the community clean-up procedures.

We only have one full day left to do some last-minute shopping and sight-seeing.  Wednesday we have to return the mopeds and be packed by the time the taxi arrives to take us to the airport.  Our time here has grown terribly short.

I’m glad we experienced Hurricane Igor.  Personally, it was l-o-n-g but no more frightening than a good hail storm back home.  The noise wasn’t as bad as people said it would be.  Maybe we’re just hardened to storms after living through so many weather situations back home.  Did I mention this was l-o-n-g?  But, otherwise, it was 100% better than being stuck in your home for 6 days without power in a winter blizzard!  I’d trade any day.

Thanks to everyone who texted or called us during Igor when we had no Internet or television!  Your updates on the location of the hurricane helped keep Darin sane!  It was nice to get his football scores too…that probably worried him more than the hurricane!

I love the architecture at the old naval dockyard. But, this particular window warmed my heart..

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One Response

  1. I have been so worried about you guys!! I am so glad you are blogging so we can keep up with you while you are there. What a neat experience for you…check that off your list…”I have survived a hurricane”…not many Okies can claim that!! Be safe coming home & we will look for you on Sunday.
    love ya’ll!!

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