Barbados, Dominica: Hurricane Dean

As Tropical Storm Dean gets upgraded to a hurricane, Barbados Free Press puts out an alert to other Caribbean islands, while Steve's Dominica reports: “It's strengthening rapidly. It's due to pass over us. We'll start to see it within 24 hours. The usual preparations are being made. Store lots of water, buy lots of canned food.”


  • Erin

    I have a friend that is travelling in Barbados at the moment and I was just wondering what effect the hurricane has had on area. Have their been any deaths??

  • Jackie

    I was in Dominica when the hurricane hit us. It started from Thursday evening when the water was cut off and then Friday early hours on the morning when the electricity was cut at 1.10 am. It was pitch black all you could hear was the rain and wind through the galvanised steel roof! I was on holiday in a village to the Northwest of the island called Colihaut for the reuninion. In the early morning the villagers could be seen outside making the most of the rain for washing purposes. Then there was a van playing Soca music being followed by a number of youths. I joined them for a time it was great fun especially when knocking on houses asking for alchohol beverages to keep us warm. There was virtually no damage to the village only debris. We did not venture out of the village, however, on Saturday we decided to see what was happening.

    The airport was closed on Friday but reopened fully on Saturday. I was able to take my liat flight to Antigua on Sunday at 1645 on time and arrive in time for my BA Flight back to UK.

    There were two deaths due to the hurricane. A lady and her son from Campbell. Where a landslide fell on her wooden house. Her body was found immediately but the boys was discovered the following day.

    I have relatives in Sultan Estate area near Pond Casse and was able to contact them on the phone, but was unable to get to them as the road was blocked at the Layou river hotel. Part of the road had been completely sliced and fell into the river on the other bank coconut trees and other trees had fallen into the river! Approaching Sultan from the Canefield area there had been three landslides. This was all on Saturday.

    On the way to the airport where the land was mainly flat the banana crops had been totally devasted. The trees had been broken in two. Estimating I would say at least 80% of each farmers crop had been destroyed.


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