Tropical Storm Matthew is churning through the southern Caribbean dousing the islands with heavy rain, flash flooding and significant wind gusts. All eyes are on this system, watching the path as it traverses the islands.
Matthew is far south, heading towards Bonaire. Typically, the islands in the Windward chain escape tropical storms, particularly Barbados and Trinidad. The ABC islands are considered outside the hurricane belt so when storms head that far south, weather watchers perk up their ears. I have been living and traveling in the Caribbean since 1987. My first island home, Antigua was often hit by tropical systems. I have some memories of significant storms over the years. As a windsurfer, I am pretty addicted to weather sites to watch the wind forecasts. Whilst my days as a sailor have slowed down, I am still a weather geek.
I have been watching the weather predictions for Bonaire all week. TS Matthew was named today and is slated to pass north of the island around 11 PM EST Sept. 29. The island will certainly experience gusty winds and heavy rain. Keep an eye on your favorite weather service for updates.
As of today, friends are boarding up their homes. Diesel supplies are dwindling as everyone prepares their generators. If you have travel plans for the island, continue to monitor your flights. Most airlines allow for change in travel without penalties when weather concerns prevail.
Here are a few links to my favorite weather sites: