Today Hurricane Danny strengthened from Category 1 to Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. Category 3 hurricanes are considered "major," have sustained winds of 111-129 mph and are described as follows:
Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
More succinctly, Category 3 storms are described as, "oh, no!" hurricanes. That is, Category 1 is "oh, whatever," Category 2 is "oh, bite me," and Category 3 is "oh, no!" This is according to the Strathman Oh Fear Inventory (it's very well known in some parts of the Eastern Caribbean). Category 4 is "oh, shit!," and Category 5 is "uh-oh!." Note, "major" hurricanes are indicated by a "!." So if your friend Winston asks if a particular hurricane is a major hurricane you only need to note if there is an "!" in the official description (on the Strathman Oh Fear Inventory).
I should point out, though this may be obvious, that Category 1 hurricanes are the most popular, for the obvious reason. By this I mean they are popular because they don't cause significant damage and do not require evacuation, but but offer a good story that makes the storyteller seem cool. Category 3 hurricanes, and higher, do not make for good stories because they cause damage, loss of life, and everyone listening to your story thinks you are an idiot for not getting the hell out of wherever your were.
The good news for St. Lucia remains that the path has moved a little more northerly and St. Lucia is out of the path. All the islands with PC volunteers are out of Danny's path, though Dominica is still in the zone to get torrential rain. We will get some rain but not like other countries farther north.
Finally, Danny is still 700 miles out to sea and there is a good chance that as it approaches land it will weaken back to a tropical Storm.