The Caribbean and especially the Leeward Islands are a special region not just to me but to many of you who follow this blog. As Hurricane Irma bears down on these islands as a Category 5 hurricane (currently on track to hit the area overnight Tuesday/Wednesday), my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone about to be affected by this natural disaster. We have met many people in the region who have become friends to us and we care deeply about them, their families and friends and their livelihoods.
There’s little I can do from the safety of my keyboard in the US Midwest but I am certainly willing to try. To that end, I’ll be providing news about our favorite beach bars and other related businesses and the people associated with them via updates to this article. If fundraising efforts are announced, I will share that information here as well. If there are any fundraising campaigns for specific business, I will relay that information and try to verify with the business owners that those campaigns are legitimate. Any needs expressed by those business owners for supplies, materials, labor or anything else will be shared here as well.
Below are a few links to webcams in the Leeward Islands so you can track the storm’s impact and the location’s recovery in real time.
You can also view the live stream from Roy’s Bayside Grill, located in Sandy Ground in Anguilla, here.
For the latest on Hurricane Irma, you can visit the National Hurricane Center website.
We have been posting updates to our Facebook page as we receive them. That would be the best spot to find the most up to date information that we are sharing specifically on the Caribbean region.
News on fundraising sites and charity organization efforts can be found here.
Dozens of images from around St. Thomas can be find at this site.
Fundraising site for Elvis’ Beach Bar in Anguilla. Brett Fetterolf, one of the owners of the beach bar, has shared this link on his personal Facebook page so that is all the endorsement we need.
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters’ Facebook page is starting to post aerial videos of many of the islands we have not heard a lot from.
A lot of up to the minute information is being shared via the “BVI Abroad – Hurricane Irma” Facebook group.