Many readers have expressed concern about St. Barts during this very active hurricane season. Here's the story so far:
August 9th: Tropical Depression Charlie passed around 350 miles south of the island. Too far away to have any effect locally, it then proceeded via Cuba to Florida and made a nasty mess.
August 15th: Tropical Storm Earl passed around 350 miles south of the island. Too far away to have any effect locally, it petered out before it could seriously bother anyone.
August 31st: Hurricane Frances passed around 120 miles North of the island bringing little wind and no rain. It then proceeded via the Bahamas to Florida and made another mess. It was a close call for us, and the island was ready. The most popular remark of that tiring week was, "Better safe then sorry."
September 7th: Hurricane Ivan passed around 350 miles south of the island. Too far away to have any effect locally, it then proceeded via Jamaica and Cuba and really clobbered the Gulf Coast of Alabama.
September 14th: Tropical Storm Jeanne passed less than fifty miles south of us, but it was only a 35kt. storm at the time, and it brought welcome cooler weather as well as much needed rain to the island. It has since grown to a hurricane, gone on to soak Puerto Rico, and is expected to chug through the Bahamas and make Floridians nervous once again.
So far, so good for us. But Hurricane season isn't quite over yet.