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Hurricane Ivan: Your experiences
A Jamaican family cleans up after Hurricane Ivan
Cuba is bracing itself for one of the biggest storms on record, as Hurricane Ivan powers towards its coast.

The people of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands are beginning to count the cost of the massive hurricane which has wreaked havoc across large swathes of the Caribbean islands.

The storm has left a trail of damage in its path, killing at least 47 people, mostly in Grenada.

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Your comments:

I have been worried sick about the thought of the devastation that Jamaica could be subjected to. I have brothers and sisters in Kingston. I also have friends and associates whom i have not spoken to in over 13 years in Mandeville. I constantly have you and the Island in my prayers.
Chauntol Robinson, Wake Forest, N.C. U.S.A.

In spite of us being renowned for crime & violence, God intervened at the last moment and spared us from even further devastation. Trees blown down and several leaks in the roof that is the worst for me. Terrifying experience overall!
Andrea Duncan, Kingston Jamaica

To my fiends and family in Bunkers Hill, Deeside Falmouth and Coopers Pen Trelawny. May God keep you all safe.
Karen, Woking Surrey

We can only start to imagine the anxiety and fear you are all going through at the hands of another one these terrible storms but know that there are people the world over thinking of you and praying that you all come out of this ok
Charlotte, Kent, UK

The wind is singing and trees seem to be dancing across the roads as if in a musical
Bridgette, Lyndrust Road, Jamaica
Well I just got out the rain 2 minutes ago and its like something out of a movie scene with the wind is singing and trees seem to be dancing across the roads as if in a musical. I went by the Jamaica Pegasus and there's a huge tree that fell across the exit even though there we numerous of them along Knusford Blvd. Even some of the hotel guests were seen outside the lobby getting a closer look at the effects of Ivan.
Bridgette, Lyndrust Road, Jamaica

I am seriously worried about Jamaicans because I think only a few are really prepared to face the monster of a hurricane. When I see the BBC coverage I wonder why has no one cut some of these huge trees that are next to light wires. I'm afraid Jamaicans don't seem very prepared to me. I remember during Gilbert 1989, the trees were uprooted and most of them landed on houses. I am quite worried about my family and friends who lives in Lauriston. I hope the beautiful land of Jamaica wont take long to recover after this disaster has passed.
Davina Gayle-Harris, Northolt, London

Jamaicans, we all are with you, and you are in our prayers, be brave, you are not alone.
Maria, Santo Domingo. D.R.

People are evacuating their homes and then having their property looted
John Malcolm, Harrow England
I have just spoken to my mother who lives just outside of Spanish Town the old Capital. She has been up all night but the house is okay apart for a few leaks. She is due leave the island for my wedding here on the 25th I hope things are cleared up by then. There is looting out there which dismays me. People are evacuating their homes and then having their property looted.
John Malcolm, Harrow England

Best wishes to the Halliwell family in Kingston. Great to see the email from Sian. Neil, Pia, Meena and I all made it back to the UK yesterday, and you are in our thoughts constantly. Hoping you are all safe and sound - and that there is still plenty of Red Stripe! Love to you all.
Lindsey Harding, London, UK

Our prayers go out to the Hughes family in St. George's. It is terrible not being able to get through. We are very concerned so please write when you can. We love you all.
Dr. Howard C. Hughes, Novato, California

I am thinking of all my friends in Grand Cayman as they brace themselves for the onslaught. Keep looking up!
Ron Robertson, Cheltenham England

We need aid and prayers from all people of all nations
Aliaka, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
My nation was affected by the passage of this hurricane but not as badly as Grenada. I empathise with the Grenadians and all other nations Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Barbados and St. Lucia. And we are praying for the all especially the Jamaicans and Cuba who face a threat now. We need aid and prayers from all people of all nations.
Aliaka, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Has anyone heard about the Telesford family who lives in Corinth St David's. I hope they are ok and didn't lose anyone.
Henry Kenme, portharcourt, Nigeria

I teach 33 eleven year olds who have been following this hurricane on the internet. We have talked about the fear that people must have in the Caribbean area. We are praying for you and would love to keep in touch with people in the path of the hurricane (and for you to tell my kids your thoughts and experiences).
John Boakes, Staffordshire, UK

I guess my dream honeymoon to Jamaica will remain a dream
Sarah Jo, Leeds, UK
I get married on Sunday, and I guess my dream honeymoon to Jamaica will remain a dream! Still I am safe and others are not, my thoughts are with them.
Sarah Jo, Leeds, UK

My Mom and brothers live in Chudleigh, Manchester. I spoke to her this morning about 7:10 and they're doing ok. The wind is quite fierce. My Mum says it sounds angry. They have no electricity, and have moved to the back of the house, the windows have been taped and covered, the rain is still coming into the house from the veranda, under the door.
Semone Thompson, Wembley

My two sisters and I flew our 86 year old grandmother over from Jamaica to London for six months (May to November) after disputing whether she would be able to stand the flight. Thank God, we did, because she comes from Malvern, St Elizabeth where the brunt of the storm hitting the South Coast will be. Our prayers go out to all of the families in Jamaica, living in the wood and corrugated iron shacks.
Ed Johnson , Zurich, Switzerland

I can hardly believe that while Ivan rages outside, I have a working phone line
Wendy Lee, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
It's almost 3 am and I can hardly believe that while Ivan rages outside, I have a working phone line, my house is still standing (it was built in 1720) and the roof is still on! We have had no power since mid-morning yesterday, but water is flowing in the pipes. Having mentioned all the positives, it is still terrifying to hear the fury of the wind and rain outside, unrelenting since about 6:30 pm yesterday. Every bang and groan could be the zinc roof finally lifting off. I am sick at the thought of what must be happening on the south side of the island. The radio stations have been great - our link to the rest of Jamaica - and I have been able to call and receive calls from my family abroad until just a while ago.
Wendy Lee, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Thinking of you Mum and all in Jamaica and praying for your safety. Please keep updating us as we wait anxiously for it to be over.
Gillian Elliott Pearis, Rhode Island, USA

The power went out around 2200 BST, but hotel generators keep lights on. All windows have been boarded up but people here are very concerned. Its very windy here with some rain, but nothing [compared] to the reports from Kingston on the radio.
Andy, Negril, Jamaica

Jamaicans are very resilient, we will bounce back
Peter Edwards, Newark, Delaware
I just came to the US to do a graduate degree, leaving all of my immediate family plus several cousins etc. I suppose I am just worried that they will all be ok as I am the only male in the nuclear family. My family's home is in the eastern end of the island (St Thomas) which typically bears the brunt of the storm. The most worrying thing about hurricanes in Jamaica is the rains associated with the storm. Years of environmental degradation of our watersheds have place many communities at risk in low lying and flood prone areas. I just pray that my countrymen can face this huge challenge and overcome. Jamaicans are very resilient, we will bounce back.
Peter Edwards, Newark, Delaware (USA)

8.40pm: We've managed to stop the water coming through the shutters by nailing towels to the window frames and putting the bottom ends into buckets - it seems to be holding up fairly well and the floors are a lot drier. The wind is still slamming into the back of the house and so we've switched to drinking Red Stripe Beer instead of tea! Much stronger and will save the water for cooking! Apparently the worse is still to come - anyone know what time the eye is going to hit Kingston?
Sian Halliwell, Kingston, Jamaica

Ivan the Terrible
Jose Btesh, Miami Shores, Florida
I work and live in Miami Shores. We survived Frances, we still have our hurricane shutters all over our house, we put every plant inside, trimmed tree branches, bought gallons of water and tins, and we are waiting for.........Ivan the Terrible. We have been through 3 mayor hurricanes (Ivan pending to visit us but already feeling his breath) in 5 weeks. I am drained. So far no serious damage in our property, but lots of anxiety....and hope.
Jose Btesh, Miami Shores, Florida USA

At the airport this afternoon people were leaving in droves and the Canadian Government had arranged free transportation, for Canadians, to Cancun, Mexico. Most others leaving were Miami bound. Those remaining hope Ivan will turn away before tomorrow night when it is due here, about 8pm. If we receive a direct hit, there will be enormous devastation and some loss of life as these Islands are only just above sea level and we expect 20-feet waves plus an eight foot storm surge, so, theoretically, these islands will be inundated if the eye arrives within 50 miles of here. At this time, true projections show the eye will come within only a few miles of the Caymans. I will send another report tomorrow if it is possible but expect to have neither phone lines nor power after 6 o'clock tomorrow evening. After considerable reflection, I am convinced the climate in the U.K. is the best there is.
Alistair Stones, Prospect Point, Grand Cayman

We have spent the whole day boarding up homes: hopefully it will be all for nothing, but you never know. Keeping a close eye on Ivan (its about 40 miles ESE of Kingston), and fingers crossed we will be OK.
Phil, Grand Cayman

Tiles have started being lifted off our roof and smashing on the surrounding ground
Miss Dip, Kingston, Jamaica
It's almost dark now so the eerie howling wind is even more eerie than it was in the light. We have a generator so are still able to use the internet. But there is no knowing how much longer we will be able to get a connection. Tiles have started being lifted off our roof and smashing on the surrounding ground.
Miss Dip, Kingston, Jamaica

After a wonderful vacation last week in Jamaica, we are deeply saddened by the situation over there. We're thinking of you all through this difficult time. Stay strong.
Helen Archer, Cincinnati, USA

If we receive a direct hit, there will be enormous devastation and some loss of life as these Islands are only just above sea level and we expect 20-foot waves plus an eight foot storm surge, so, theoretically, these islands will be inundated if the eye arrives within 50 miles of here.
Alistair Stones, Prospect Point, Grand Cayman

Does anyone have news of Uncle Brian Roberts living in St Georges, Grenada? Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kevin Palmer, London, UK

The wind is driving horizontally into the house and water is coming in through the shutters. The power has been off for about eight hours now and its starting to get dark too. There are trees and leaves everywhere and some palm trees in the garden have fallen over. We're keeping our spirits up with cups of tea and rum cake. I just hope the wind doesn't get any stronger.
Sian Halliwell, Kingston, Jamaica

Does anyone have any news on the hotel area in Kingston, Jamaica? I am concerned about the wellbeing and whereabouts of my brother there. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My thoughts are with you all!
Jamie Magro, Ta' Xbiex, Malta

Young children are screaming in the block and the trees have begun to come down
Julian Jones-Griffith, Kingston

Electricity is now out where we are in Kingston, so at just after 4pm we are faced with a very long night without light or any form of power. My laptop will soon start fading fast, at least the landline is still alive and so are the cell phone systems. Young children are screaming in the block and the trees have begun to come down. And they still say we are a good few hours from the eye...
Julian Jones-Griffith, Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaicans all over the world are watching and waiting anxiously for what might happen and for news. It is so helpful hearing from people on the Island describing what is happening. Please keep it up and stay strong Jamaicans! Our thoughts and prayers are with you tonight.
Miss B, London, England

Wind getting real, real strong now
Julian Jones-Griffith, Kingston

Wind getting real, real strong now and we are still a few hours away from what they say is the worst of it, so this looks like it could be trying times. Roads are almost empty, except for rivers of water and the odd SUV. Cable TV has gone and national TV station TVJ has ceased transmission, taking down its tower. Radio is left, and so is electricity where we are, though in many places, even in Kingston, electricity has gone. Some of the gulleys have become impassable to cars.
Julian Jones-Griffith, Kingston, Jamaica

We are looking out at our neighbour's banana trees which have already been uprooted and are slowly slipping down into the valley
Miss Dip, Kingston, Jamaica

Right now in Kingston the rain is torrential and violent winds are coming and going. Birds, including large birds of prey, are trying to shelter and a sparrow hawk perched on our balcony under the roof as it tried to brave taking off again. We are looking out at our neighbour's banana trees which have already been uprooted and are slowly slipping down into the valley. But this is just a taste of things to come. The Prime Minister has asked the Governor General to invoke a state of emergency - which we hope will do something to stop looters and thrill seekers. The TV has more or less cut out completely now so we are losing our means of finding out what is going on. But we have heard the storm is likely to come onshore sometime around 10pm tonight so I guess that is when things will get really bad...
Miss Dip, Kingston, Jamaica

I would love to hear from my Aunt Rosie and Uncle Richard they live in Granada. I need to know that they are ok.
Michelle Robinson, Abingdon, Maryland

God bless all Grenadians. We are so worried about our many friends in Grenada. If any one has heard news of Maggie and Paddy Ross, Charlotte and Neil Wilcox and dogs, Merle McEwan and family, Jo and Dean Schopp, Rasta Sam (Derek Abrahams), Paul and Victoria Slinger or of our staff at Petit Bacaye Hotel please let us know. We are trying to get back home to Grenada this Sunday. Our luggage allowance is not great but can anyone suggest what would be the most useful things to take for the people there.
Julia Montgomery, Romsey, UK

We just lost our cable TV service so for now we have to resort to the radio and the internet
Halzen Smith, Mandeville

It's now just after 3:00 pm. We started having steady, though relatively light, rain throughout the day with the occasional light breeze. Right now, however, it is frighteningly quiet, no rain, no wind. Being in the centre of the island, I suspect we will not experience much of Ivan's force since it is now believed that most of it's effects will be along the southern shores. Meanwhile we wait... playing this waiting game has been long. We just lost our cable TV service so for now we have to resort to the radio and the internet. This will be my first hurricane experience, so I am both anxious and a little nervous. So I, and the rest of Jamaica, wait!
Halzen Smith, Mandeville, Jamaica

Does anyone know if Mrs Bailey of Portmore is ok this is her son who is too far away to help. Also get in touch Cummings family.
David Bailey, Warrington, England

My son and daughter-in-law are on honeymoon at La Source Grenada they are safe and have made contact with us. We are unable to find any information regarding flights to Barbados or the UK. Food and water supplies are low.
Yvonne Owen, Hayling Island, Hampshire

A little wind, and a lot of rain thus far. God be with our land.
Daryl Daley, Kingston, Jamaica

My family are trying to get in touch with our mum, Rica (Agnes Eddy) from Golf Course, St George's. We've heard indirectly about our family in Calliste, who are okay; and family in Sauteur. Can anyone help?
Allison Eddy, London, England

I would rather be in Jamaica over the Caymans which may be the next victim of Ivan
Dwayne, George Town, Grand Cayman

I am a Jamaican living in the Cayman Islands. And I would rather be in Jamaica over the Caymans which may be the next victim of Ivan. However unlike Jamaica the Cayman Islands are very flat and small. We don't have inland to shelter the hurricane since everywhere is close to the coast. It could take a matter of minutes to wipe us out. The Caymans has one of the highest standards of living in the world, with a multi-billion dollar coastline that could be a multi-billion problem. Most of the other islands can relocate to some other part of there country we would spend the next few weeks swimming for our lives.
Dwayne, George Town, Grand Cayman

Hi, I'm trying to find out if my Grandma is okay. She is known as Maysie Samuels and lived near Grand Anse beach. She has other relatives on the island Ken Sylvester. Most of her family live here and would very much like to know that she is OK. If anyone has a number that I can call, I would be very grateful.
John Arscott, London, UK

Even though the Caymans are not expected to get a direct hit, those of us who are left here are really really scared. The majority of the people on the island have never experienced a hurricane as those that have been coming within our general vicinity over the last 16 years have not had much of an impact. A few of us did experience Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 so we have a general idea what to expect and at this time we can only sit tight.
Pauline Francis, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

I reside in Southern California and it has been an exhausting past three days for me not being able to contact my family who lives in Sans Souci St George's, well I am pleased to say I finally got a call from my sister this morning and she along the rest of my family are doing fine, except they have no food or water but are in very good spirits and just happy to be alive. The St John family is okay and there are no deaths in the area. My heart still goes out to the family who lost loved ones and to my beloved Island Grenada.
Michel Bailey, St George's, Grenada

We are very worried about our relatives in Grenada, especially the Salfarlies in Gouyave Estate and Maran, St John's, as well as Jean Frederick in Gouyave Estate. We have not heard from them since Monday. Does anyone have any news from St John's?
Paula Saunders, New York, USA

I am looking for my grandmother Dorothy Andrews, she is 70-years-old and in Grenada. I got some information from the navy to say that HMS Richmond reported that no British citizens have been reported dead or injured. I hope this gives some comfort to those like ourselves who have had no contact after two days.
Charlene Perrier, London

It's now Thursday, two days after the storm has destroyed my beautiful isle of spice and we've yet to hear from our family. If anyone has any info on Mt Moritz, particularly Mrs Miriam Griffith, Mrs Celes Joseph in Bonaire, Victoria, The Lewis' and Fletchers in Concord, Rennie Wellington in Happy Hill, please let me know, we're desperate for any info.
Michele Parris, Brooklyn, NY

I have been trying to contact my sister Francesca de Salvo Hall a British national who is resident in Grenada. We have not had any news since the hurricane and I was hoping that someone may be able to help. She lives in Halifax Harbour, St Johns. We have been unable to contact her if there is any news please let me know. Many thanks
Stephanie de Salvo Hall, Twickenham, UK

I watched on the news and saw on internet sites about the Hurricane Ivan's hit on Grenada, I have a girlfriend whom I love and since after the Hurricane Ivan I've not heard from her please if anyone has any information about Miss Cherri Ann Telesford. I will like to know how.
Henry Kenme, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

If anyone can tell me what the devastation is in St David's I will be grateful. My son is there and I am anxious for news. The family is called Lapompe.
Althea Fuller, London, UK

For those worried about relatives and friends, take heart from the fact that Caribbean people generally pull together and help each other out even in the teeth of a powerful system
Roy, UK

I lived on Anguilla when the last cat 4 hit the Caribbean, Luis in 1995. We had the eye for 2 1/2 hrs and the hurricane took over 36 hours to pass (although the news then did not acknowledge that we existed either!). For those worried about relatives and friends, take heart from the fact that Caribbean people generally pull together and help each other out even in the teeth of a powerful system. Many, many people who cannot be contacted are only suffering from downed phone lines and electricity. While the winds may be immensely strong, God protects those of his children who suffer.
Roy, UK

I am trying to locate my brother Martin aka LaLa and also the Sandy family in Happy hill, my boyfriend Rodney and his sister Jenny are also missing, if anyone has info please let me know, may God bless all those in Grenada, we are thinking and praying for you.
Sarah Francis, London, England

Does anyone have news from St George's and Lance Aux Epines? My father and his wife and other family and friends are there and we have not been able to contact any of them.
Sharon John, London, UK

Ben if you see this phone home!
Tina Weller, Sunbury, UK

Like everyone else, unable to contact Grenada. Checking whereabouts/welfare of Rebekah and Stephanie Noel, Mt Parnassus, St George's. Any info on these two ladies would be greatly appreciated. Also any info on damage to Carriacou. Saddened to see such devastation on such a beautiful island. Thoughts and prayers are with all in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Cuba.
Carole Longhurst, Lancing, England

Has anyone in Grenada seen Daniel Pierre? Please let me know - there are a lot of people here in the UK that want him home safely.
Rebecca West, London, England

My husband is currently working in Jamaica, and I am having some problems getting through on his phone do we know if the lines are down yet. My prayers are with everyone in the Caribbean just now. Take care.
Kelly Scarlett, Fife, Scotland

Has anyone heard any message from Carriacou? I am trying to contact my family in Belvedere, Ken, Johnson and Arlene Quashie and family.
Marilyn Quashie, London, England

Devastated by the destruction caused in Grenada. I have been trying to contact my Grandmother, Annie Sealey, from Guayave with no success. Would appreciate any news about her or Guayave.
Lloyd Welsh, London

Fingers crossed that Ivan the Terrible gets pushed back out to sea where he won't cause any more damage and devastation
Helen, West Palm Beach

I live here in West Palm Beach, FL and we made it through Hurricane Frances. It was pretty scary and even though our house is concrete block and steel, at times during the storm we honestly felt like the house was simply going to cave in around us. It was a really horrible feeling. When we heard the news about the possibility of Ivan, my husband and I had a really sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs. We'd been through Charley in Orlando while we were at Disney World, then Frances and now possibly Ivan? They say things always happen in threes right? Like many of our neighbours around us, we choose to leave our hurricane panels up so ensure our home is secure in the event we are impacted again. We finally had our power restored and now cable, but still no phones. They say that could take up to three weeks. Since I work from home and we've had no power, I took my laptop to the West Palm Beach airport yesterday and was able to use a desk area that they have on their concourse between the two terminals so that I could at least get some work done! Today the power is on and that's a good feeling. Fingers crossed that Ivan the Terrible gets pushed back out to sea where he won't cause any more damage and devastation.
Helen, West Palm Beach, FL

In Port Charlotte and got the last flight into Tampa. Frances hit but mostly wind and rain. Ivan supposed to be following path of Charley that devastated Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. We have told we may have to evacuate on Sunday or Monday if it keeps to predicted path. We can stay in our hose as it has hurricane shutters but have to move to the laundry room. Just enjoying the weather - the lull before the storm! Everyone is cheerful and the state is calm but waiting to see what this one does. Getting some supplies in and will keep you informed.
Dave Martin, Newbury, UK

My daughter managed to phone on Wednesday to say she was alright. Her house and the college where she worked had gone, she was then cut off.
J Hayward, London, England

British tourists Stuart and Dagmar Walker and their twin boys are holidaying in Grenada have no news has anyone seen or heard from them.
Maria Phillips, Thatcham, Berkshire

Does anyone know how Margaret Thomas is also known as Aunt Peg or Birds wife, she lives in Maran her children and grandchildren are very worried as she lives alone and no one has heard from her, does anyone know any information about her and her home?
Linda Slaughter, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland

If anyone has any news on Cuthbert Gibbs from Dusty Highway, St George's or Junior Griffiths from independent Avenue, Tempe, please contact Natalie Gibbs as she is going out of her mind with worry.
Sara Cosgrove, London

For those of you trying to get hold of relatives or information, both

and The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
are posting regular situation reports on Grenada; there is also contact info for local disaster relief organizations on both sites. Also, the number for the Grenada Red Cross Society is (001473) 440-1483. My thoughts go out to all of you trying to get word about relatives and loved ones, and I hope some of that information can help. Here in Florida, some stores are not even restocked yet from Frances, and for the first time in my adult life, I've had to search and wait in line for food and gas. We are all working hard to get debris cleared and buildings secured before the next potential hit. Some in my area are still canoeing to their homes because roads are impassable. I could not have possibly imagined a situation like this when I moved here four years ago.
Kristen, Brandon, FL, USA

Does anyone know where one can send money and donations to help the people of Grenada, St Vincent and Jamaica?
Tom, United States

Attention Georgetown residents: I need to know about my friend Jorge Murillo. He is a Colombian, and a beekeeper. Last time I talked to him was Monday morning.
Luis Carlos Gallego, Comayagua, Honduras

Just four weeks ago my good friend Ron van Straalen came to Grenada to start up a new restaurant and beach club the Barking Barracuda. Has anybody seen or heard from him and his wife Jacky. We are very worried about them!
Maarten van Eck, Utrecht, Netherlands

I am unable to contact friends who live in George Town, Grenada, Anita and Mark Sutton, with their two small sons. Does anyone have any information?
Paula Goble, Portsmouth, UK

I woke on Tuesday morning to hear about the destruction and devastation in Grenada. I counted my blessings as my two little sisters had been holidaying with our family there only a few days earlier... my grand and other relatives live there. Does anyone know how to find out who the victims are? It's very worrying!
Marsha, London, England

At 10.00pm last night, a small flotilla of private boats left Trinidad for Grenada with relief supplies. Larger official shipments of supplies have also started. The British Navy is already in Grenada. CARICOM troops are on their way to support the Grenadian authorities. Electrical line crews and telephone technicians are carded to leave here soon to help get the utilities back up and running. On board one of the boats leaving last night was a ham radio operator who hopes to set up a station in order to establish regular communication out of the island. We are making contact through international cell 'phones for as long as their batteries last. As described to us, there is no water or electricity, and nothing to buy even if you have the money. The Grenadian ham operators have been heard on 40 and 80 meter bands and I am monitoring 14.302, 1100z to 1500z conditions and traffic allowing - 9Z4CT.
Nigel Darwent, Trinidad and Tobago

We are worried about our friends and the Cherman family at the Coyaba Beach Hotel on the Grand Anse. Any news of them, the hotel or devastation on that beach would be really appreciated.
Tim Kenny, Budleigh Salterton, UK

My family are in Portland, Jamaica. Does anybody know how badly Portland will be hit? We have already lost contact with them in the past hour.
Leonard, Manchester, UK

I live in Saint Lucia and I have a riding stable with 60 horses, including six foals, plus a cow, goats ducks and rabbits, chicken dogs and cats. I feel like a miracle happened and all of us are survivors. I feel so much compassion for all the Grenadians and the others still in a frantic wait. I have a friend in Grenada who has horses and I would like to know if they survived and wish him all my sympathy.
Floria, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

My prayers are with the people of Grenada and I hope they get back on their feet quickly
Esther C Smith, St Kitts

This hurricane should be called Ivan the Terrible from now on. St Kitts for once was spared the terror of Ivan. Our small island depends on tourism for a living and could not cope with the devastation of Grenada. My prayers are with the people of Grenada and I hope they get back on their feet quickly.
Esther C Smith, St Kitts

Everyone here in Southwest Florida are terrified. Emotionally, we can't deal with a third hurricane. A lot of us are still recovering from Charley, many in Punta Gorda are still homeless. Gas is still a precious commodity and food, plywood are flying off the shelves. Many stores are still out of hurricane supplies from the past two hurricanes. Wherever this hurricane hits, its going to be bad.
Christina McNabb, Fort Myers, FL, USA

A note for anyone trying to get good first hand info of what's going on in hurricane affected islands - and maybe make contact with loved ones:

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is an excellent site which carries reports from real people who are at the scene. Internet service notwithstanding. Good luck Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. We're thinking of you.
Simon, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

My father-in-law Eric Williams lives in the MardiGras St Paul's - if anyone knows him let us know that he is ok.
Reginald Johnson, Edgware, UK

Can anyone tell me if Negril, Jamaica has been hit, I have friends who live there.
Ellie, Manchester, UK

Does anyone please have any news about the village Willis in Grenada? My Mum lives there and I have not been able to get through on the telephone.
Ericka, Aberystwyth

The most striking thing about Ivan is that it showed how everyone pulled together to help each other. People were ready to lend a hand no matter what and that is something that I hope stays around long after Ivan is gone.
Purusha, Bridgetown, Barbados

I would like to hear from Stanley Cox who may be in Montego Bay or thereabouts in Jamaica. Hope you are okay.
Sylvia Baffoe Bonnie, Bracknell, UK

We have friends Brian and Ann Higgs staying in their house on Fort Jeudy. Also other friends Dr Peter Greuner and his wife Elizabeth.
Stephen Pawlyn, UK

It is worrying being too far away to do anything
Paula, London

It is 16 years to the day that Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica. I lived there at the time and remember the utter devastation only too well. We didn't see a loaf of bread for weeks. I spoke to my mother who lives in Clarendon and could hear my dad in the background hammering on the roof having learned that awful lesson 16 years ago. It is worrying being too far away to do anything.
Paula, London, England

Has anyone heard of the damage in Morne Rouge and Grand Anse areas in Grenada? I have family in these areas and I still cannot make contact with them and desperately want to know if they are okay. Please can anyone respond to this message if they know any news of these areas. Thank you.
Sandra, Middx, UK

To Sandra, Middx and anyone else wanting news of the Grand Anse, Morne Rouge areas of Grenada: My husband and I are so lucky to have got out on a flight on Thursday evening. We are now back in England. We were at La Luna hotel and can report that everyone from there is safe. Devon from Canada is OK but a bit isolated. All the guests were evacuated to the Flamboyant Hotel Grand Anse beach. This Hotel sustained a lot of damage but everyone is alive and safe. Nigel Stone and Kate are fine and Kate is organizing everyone with helping to clear up! There is a lot of devastation in the area but we did not hear of any deaths. There was some looting in Grand Anse town but it appears that although there was some damage to the local police station they got the situation under control quite quickly. The locals in particular and also the hotels need drinking water.
Ruth Carpenter, Blandford Forum, England

My wife and I have been trying to get in touch with our family (surname Joseph).We are unable to get through, we would be most grateful if anyone has any information on the islands present condition.
Patrick Joseph, Birmingham

If your relatives have mobile phones you should be able to get through. The landlines are down. Marybeau hospital has flattened, Ladigu is flatted and Soubis is flooding according to my sister (a nurse on the island). The people seem to be coping fine.
Beryl Fontaine, London, UK

I am trying to contact my parents, sisters and grandma, and so far without any luck. If any one knows anything I would love to hear. The family is the McPhails.
Deborah Douglas, Huddersfield

Right now 3pm everybody is battening down. Lots of hammering going on in Kingston. Lots of panic buying in the supermarkets & hardware stores. Kerosene & bread are nowhere in sight in stores. We expect power to start being shut down this evening as a precaution, and cable service shortly thereafter, hopefully the phone service will hold up, ISP service is a bit iffy even now - that's all for now....
Dom, Kingston Jamaica

The barman made a new cocktail for the hotel which we named The Ivan
Patricia Martin, London
We are in Canouan Island (on our honeymoon funnily enough!) one of the islands of the Grenadines, at the Raffles Resort. We were evacuated at 3am on Tuesday morning to the casino at the top of the mountain of the island. It was a surreal experience, the electricity left us at some point during the night, we slept, myself at least, having stayed up the night before, next to the blackjack table!
We lit candles, and played Scrabble - we will always remember our honeymoon. We are all safe, including the families of the employees at the hotel. We came back to the resort last night, after two sleepless nights, and went straight to the bar, for a well deserved drink! where the barman made a new cocktail for the hotel which we named The Ivan - looks strong, but underneath its not so bad. Looking forward to being back in London!
Patricia Martin, London, UK

Does anyone have any news about Carriacou? My sister Rosy Duggan runs Rosy's Bar there. I'm worried.
Jenny Wright, Dublin.

To Jenny Wright: My mother managed to get through on Wednesday and spoke to her brother. Carriacou just got a slap in the face. My uncle and aunt had minor damage (roof etc). So far all appears well.
Jennifer Scott, London, England

I live in Washington DC. I'm from Grenada. I have dozens of relatives there and can not contact anybody. Please forward any information, pictures, or links. The Phillip family and Nathan family members have not been heard from since 5 September 2004. Thank you.
Carlos Phillip, Washington DC, USA

I'm looking for my mother in-law, Joan Frank who is staying with her brother in St George's Grenada. we are unable to contact her and are very worried. Please let us know if you have any information.
Syreeta Szura, Newport, South Wales, UK

My parents holiday in Grenada yearly and were desperate for information about their friends there. Thankfully, last night Dad was able to get through to the Flamboyant Hotel to check in. Sad to hear that, indeed, some lost their lives but it could have been much much worse. This is the feeling he got from his call. Severe roof damages/losses, nutmeg trees damaged and concerns about utilities and roving escaped prisoners.

But they know they are not abandoned, the navy ship is there, volunteers are there, tourists who rode it out are helping and at the end of the day they know they are lucky, even if right now it doesn't exactly seem like it. Prisoners will be returned to jail, trees will re-grow and roofs can be replaced. The loss is the few people who died, and unfortunately nothing can be done about that.
Diana, Akron, Ohio, USA

Looks like it's another trip to the market for beef jerky and granola - then a trip to the hardware store
Mike Daly, Miami, FL

It appears that the track of the storm has changed and looks as if we are going to get hit pretty good early next week. Just hope it continues to move west and lose some strength. Looks like it's another trip to the market for beef jerky and granola - then a trip to the hardware store.
Mike Daly, Miami, FL, USA

I'm looking for my mother in-law, Joan Frank who is staying with her brother in St George's Grenada. We are unable to contact her and are very worried. Please let us know if you have any information.
Syreeta Szura, Newport, South Wales, UK

Can anyone tell me if the telephone lines are working in Grenada? My parents Franz and Linda Stiehle are permanent residents of Grenada and we can not get hold of them via the phone. I'm grateful for any information.
Anja Stiehle, Berlin, Germany

Is there a helpline number so that people can check if relatives or friends are amongst the casualties?
John McGillivary, London, England

I was in Grenada about two weeks ago on a cruise ship. It made a great impression on us as a beautiful island - I was only reviewing the pictures at the weekend. My heart goes out to the residents and trust they can rebuild their homes and livings.
Ian Joseph, UK

It is going to be a long night
Michael O Kelly, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Even though we are 700 miles away we are beginning to feel the effects of Ivan with bursts of heavy rain followed by strong breezes. We will not be impacted directly but should feel the effects of the ĘtailĘ. It is going to be a long night.
Michael O Kelly, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

We are devastated at what has happened to our neighbours in Grenada. It seems hard to believe that this was happening when all was relatively calm here. Our thoughts and best wishes are with everyone in Grenada during what will certainly be a long road to recovery.
David Cooper, Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago

A quick note to send best wishes to everyone affected in Grenada - including tourists. I have good friends (Rob and Anna) who were due to be married in Grenada next week whilst holidaying. They have been in touch to let us know they are physically fine although with the hotel gone and no water or electricity yet Ivan may have come up with a "reason they should not be married" at least till they get home!
Sid, Reading, UK

Why is it that every other tiny island in the world is mentioned except for us? We have Hurricane Ivan heading our way (after Jamaica) and even though we are a British Overseas Territory, whoever does the news does not even acknowledge the fact that we exist.
Brenda, Cayman Islands

Ivan is a lesson to all of us to keep listening/watching the weather updates and to prepare at the first hint of trouble
Pat Commissiong, Kingstown
Ivan is a lesson to all of us to keep listening/watching the weather updates and to prepare at the first hint of trouble. The forecasts originally had Ivan going to the north of Barbados and north of St Lucia. Then they shifted it to over Barbados and between St Vincent and St Lucia. Then it was south of Barbados and south of St Vincent. It actually went south of Grenada. Every day the meteorologists expected it to start moving west north west. Instead the darned thing kept going almost due west. And so it devastated Grenada and the southern Grenadines.
Pat Commissiong, Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines

The power of the wind was indescribable. How there was not more loss of life is beyond me. With everything that has fallen down, and all of the live electrical wires it is a miracle there was not more loss of life. I have noticed the media in this country will do anything to include people in the death tolls of natural disasters. Someone who is killed in a car, is assumed to die due to the hurricane. Growing up in California, I noticed that if anyone died of a heart attack any time near the time an earthquake hit, the death was immediately was attributed to the quake. The media wants deaths, so they create them
Joe Piegari, Wellington FL USA

Here in a country of excess we are suddenly dependent on strangers for the most basic needs
Trish Byrne, Palm Bay Florida USA
We are still reeling from the interminable winds and rains of Hurricane Frances. Here in a country of excess we are suddenly dependent on strangers for the most basic needs, water, ice, food and showers. In a country that routinely has 150 TV stations in every home, we huddle around radios hanging onto every word they utter, listening to DJs who spent every hour in the storm and many afterwards giving us a human voice and a beacon in the dark, something to cling to, a promise that normalcy would return. 3 hurricanes in such a short time is more than anyone should have to endure, but if we do, so be it.
Trish Byrne, Palm Bay Florida USA

I am currently on my honeymoon in Florida and feel very unfortunate to be here in the worst Hurricane season since time began!! My wife and I have spent half our time being locked down awaiting the arrival of Frances and now possibly Ivan. Never mind, worse things happen at sea. (that reminds me I must cancel the boat trip I have planned which coincides with the Ivan's arrival). At least its hot!! Kind regards Andrew & Lisa Vittles
Andrew Vittles, Yeovil

In breathing a sigh of relief, we in Barbados should also say a prayer for our neighbours in Grenada. Ivan has set them back nearly 50 years. The scope of the destruction cannot truly be understood by Barbadians who have not had a direct hit for almost 50 years. I pray we never know.
Anthony Blackman, Bridgetown, Barbados

We came back this morning to find the house intact but the garden littered with debris
Stephen Mendes, St Vincent & the Grenadines

We live right on the beach at Indian Bay, St Vincent. Yesterday (Tuesday) the Coast Guard advised us to move out - we took their advice and spent the night in a hotel on higher ground - we came back this morning to find the house intact but the garden littered with debris washed up by the hurricane seas - telegraph poles, tree stumps, branches, rocks and tons of other debris - spectacular but frightening.
Stephen Mendes, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Can anyone give us any news of Norman Stalker our father living in the north of Grenada? We are unable to get any information at all and are very worried.
Sally Stalker, UK

To Sally Stalker: I spoke to my Mum in Sauteurs a few minutes ago. Damage devastating but telephone and water working. No electricity as yet. People are beginning to emerge for shelter and to assist those in need. Food is not a problem at moment. I hope this helps.
Stephen John, London, England

To Sally Stalker: I have spoken to several people in the north of the island including Sauteurs, Victoria and Union and was informed that part of the island was not affected as badly. In fact we managed to get through to them. So some telephone lines are up in the North. We are still trying to get through to our dad who lives in Mount Moritz by Aileen's shop. People know him as Mr Brown (Malcolm Brown). If anyone knows anything please let us know.
Eleni, London, UK

The threat of Ivan to us is now over. Our efforts are now directed towards helping our neighbours in Grenada, St. Vincent and our own Tobago. This experience has served to highlight how unprepared we all are, and that as a region we need to seriously look at our vulnerabilities and the mechanisms that we need to put in place to address them. The disaster could have been much worse and complacency has no place in this regard. Co-ordination and official information is lacking, it is time for a central body to take charge. What can we all do to help?
Pradeep Latchman, Port of Spain, Trinidad

I heard about hurricanes but never in my entire 34 years have I ever experienced something like this. In the area where I live on the Carenage, as far as my eye can see, every building lost their roof including mine. It all happened so quickly; that all one could do was to stay where they were, covering themselves. When my roof disappeared, I went underneath a step in the basement together with my 5-year-old daughter, sheltering from the rain underneath a piece of thick canvas. We stayed there for about 2.5 hours as the wind howl and roof tops came tumbling down the hill and crashing into our house. We managed to get out to safety at Cable & Wireless building, my workplace, where I am now safe.
Ernest George, St George's, Grenada

Barbados has been unbelievably fortunate that Ivan passed south of us with only storm force gusts of 90mph. With winds of 120mph Barbados would have been wiped clean and the tourist market that we so depend upon would have been wiped away in a matter of hours. Prayers are with those in Grenada and in Jamaica, where Ivan now seems to be heading.
Gillian, Barbados

The rain and wind has been non-stop for hours. Phone lines are still working where I live but electricity is out. Before sunset, there was already damage and widespread flooding. I'll update in the morning if my laptop batteries last.
Hermes, Margarita Island

Antiguans know very well what it feels like to be in the eye of the storm and our thoughts are with those in the path of Ivan
Yan, Antigua

As far as we are from the eye of Ivan, right now it's raining, there's a persistent wind blowing strong and the seas are very high with very rough waves. We can only imagine what the people of Granada are going through right now. We Antiguans know very well what it feels like to be in the eye of the storm and our thoughts are with those in the path of Ivan.
Yan, Antigua

For the most part, it has been very tranquil but very overcast. There has been some rain and wind but nothing to shout about, yet. Torrential rain is expected to commence soon and continue for about three hours. Tobago seems to have gone through the hurricane fairly unscathed, with loss of electricity and some blown off roofs the major incidences. As yet there has been no quantification of structural loss and, thankfully, no fatalities. Seems as if the Emergency Authorities are on top of things on both islands.
Ryan Ramoutar, Curepe, Trinidad and Tobago

We are emailing from the island of Dominica, not the Dominican Republic. We were never under hurricane watch but we experienced very rough seas and wind gusts, the island of Martinique which is next door was under watch last night but we hope all is well with them, we also pray for all other islands or countries that are affected or will be by hurricane Ivan.
Derrickson Defoe, Island of Dominica

Sunny skies, warm beaches and beautiful temperatures the rest of the year means putting up with hurricane season during the summer
Julie, Coconut Creek, FL, US
I'm in northern Broward County, Florida, and we just got slapped by Francis (the direct hit was just north of us). I, like all Floridians and many in the Caribbean, am weary and exhausted, having spent Thursday to Sunday morning in lockdown and yesterday trying to assess the damage. But we know that the trade-off of sunny skies, warm beaches and beautiful temperatures the rest of the year means putting up with hurricane season during the summer. So it's what we do, and most of us do it with a smile.
Julie, Coconut Creek, FL, United States

My parents live in Barbados, but are in the UK on holiday, it was a very tense 12 hours not being in control of their property, our thoughts are now with Trinidad and the other islands
Nick Husbands, Bromsgrove

I have been on the road for maybe one hour and the roads to the suburbs north of Bridgetown are relatively clear. There are lots of leaves littering the streets. There are some very foolish people in the water at the beach but it is extremely dangerous to be doing this at this time. Also those persons who need to be out need to exercise caution as there has been several unnecessary road accidents.
Gregory O. Thompson, Bridgetown, Barbados

I live in central Trinidad. Right now, it's dark, and quiet. The breeze is blowing slightly, but we expect the rains and gusty winds in about 2 hrs. There are only a few cars on the road. I drove around a while ago - many people are indoors, and their homes are secured. We hope for the best.
Kareemah Hisaan Ali, Cunupia, Trinidad

The anticipation was worse than the storm itself
Carole, Bridgetown, Barbados
Fortunately for us in Barbados, the anticipation was worse than the storm itself. I look forward to the power being restored.
Carole, Bridgetown - Barbados

There are three of us Brits here in a small hotel in Port of Spain. Tobago is currently experiencing very bad weather conditions (according to the local news) but here everything is currently very tranquil. We are expecting winds to pick up through the afternoon.
Mike Bidgood, Port of Spain, Trinidad

We're as battened down as we can be with all windows taped, pictures down, all bits put away and all furniture covered in plastic sheeting. We're just waiting and watching. The seas are incredible, surges coming at least 30 feet up on to the grass. There has been a bit of rain. Ivan is now 45 miles north-east of Tobago and we are expecting the eye to pass 11 miles south of us at around 5pm. The winds are hurricane force up to 70 miles from the centre so we're going to get quite a blow.
Maggie Ross, Westerhall Point, Grenada

To Maggie Ross: We sincerely hope everything is well with you and Paddy. We are desperately trying to get in touch with everybody but it is problematic with the telecommunication problems. The University has my daughter's phone number if you need to contact us. See you as soon as possible.
Randall and Olive House, England






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