Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In The Path of Omar
Received a 'panicked' call this evening from relatives in St. Maarten (pronounced Martin). They've been watching Tropical Storm Omar and decided to evacuate. Here is how it went:
Relative: Hey, have you seen the weather lately? (duh!)
There is a possible Cat. 2 hurricane heading our way.
Me: Ok...So what would you like me to do? (figuring they wanted updates)
Relative: We need a flight out immediately. Not ready to die on this island!
Me: Where would you like to go?
Relative: I don't care, anywhere, Miami or New York
Me: Ok, I'll check...got a flight going out tomorrow at 3-something.
Relative: Great, I'll take it.
Me: Do you want to know how much?
Relative: Heck no, I just want out of here...
And so it went, got them booked out of St. Maarten in advance of soon-to-be Hurricane Omar. Hopefully, there are able to get out. How they are going to get from Miami back home is a yet-to-be determined and ever evolving situation!
Funny thing is, they can see the ocean from their balcony. It isn't so funny when you're staring at a possible Cat 2 storm and you're in, basically, a third-world country.
Just another day in the Weather Business!