Hurricane Irene Update 4
Still at the Abaco Beach Resort hotel, Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas. It’s nearly seven in the evening, the southern portion of the hurricane has been passing over us for at least four hours now. The winds are quite strong out of the west, but not getting stronger. We’re expecting the winds to gradually ease off in the night.
The grounds have a number of downed palms and large fallen branches. I saw one balcony railing up on the fourth floor bent back on itself, having caught the wind; other than that no damage to the building. The Boat Harbor docks are still intact, and the few boats that are left in them are still floating and well tied down.
We haven’t ventured beyond the hotel grounds – the winds are now carrying a stinging rain, and are still strong enough to launch a coconut, palm frond, or roof tile – so we don’t know how the rest of Marsh Harbor has fared. But my general impression is that Irene did not develop, while over the Abacos, into the catastrophic storm that forecasters had warned of. We do wish she would move on though.