TS Matthew / by Alan Strathman

This post was supposed to appear on September 29, 2016.  I just realized it was still in my drafts folder. Sorry about that.

Tropical Storm Matthew has come and gone.  We were lucky in St. Lucia that we did not feel the full brunt of the storm.  And I think on St. Lucia, Laborie did not get the worst of it. We had some flooding but no real damage.

It basically rained for 24 hours, sometimes very heavily.  But much of the damage of a storm comes from high winds and we did not have dangerously high winds.  My guess is that they were gusting to 40 mph or so. What is so interesting is that the foliage in places like this has evolved, at least in part, to tolerate high winds. Here, plants and trees bend but don't break. Unless the wind is extremely strong. I bet everyone has seen those videos of hurricanes bending palm trees to the ground.

After school on Tuesday I had stocked up on groceries in case the storm was bad enough to prevent leaving the village for a few days.  Around 6 pm, when the storm was intensifying I realized that if the power went out none of the food I bought would be much good uncooked.  So I raced to put together a pizza and cook it. An uglier pizza you will never see. More a pizza pile than a pizza pie.  And I tried to whip up some hummus. The pizza turned out fine but my blender is so terrible that it doesn't really blend.  I need to buy a new one. So I am racing against the storm and the blender is not blending.  I fed the dogs some turkey and one of the puppies wanted it so badly that it bit through my finger.  There I am, throwing the pizza together, cursing the blender, and bleeding, while racing to beat the inevitable loss of power. I thought what a fine mess this was. In the end, I did not lose power until about 9:30 pm.

I was kept company by the six dogs I have been feeding. They were happy to have a port in the storm. In the video you can hear the rain, which obviously isn't keeping the dogs from napping:

Fortunately, Tropical Storm Matthew didn't do significant damage in the Eastern Caribbean.