You are welcome. Looks like the sky is changing yet again. Hopefully clearing will come soon.
"...Many streets are flooded....The movie theater at the seaport was closed. Going to the hotel side, my car stalled in the knee deep water in the street. Someone helped me pushed it to higher ground...I called Brisas del Mar last night to see if it was open to have dinner there. There was no answer so I went to Amazing in San Nicolas instead. Driving to Oranjestad this morning, I passed by Brisas del Mar. The piers on the outside section in Brisas del Mar are completely washed away. One of the owners said it will be back in business in two weeks. I doubt it. I think it will take at least a month...Looking out of the car window at The Old Man and the Sea, I can see it sustained significant damage also. The door at Flying Fishbone is closed I could not see much...There will be much road repaving to do after that much rain. This is likely something the Aruba government has not budgeted it for in the revenue."
"Here is your update - 1:43pm - sun is coming out. horray. At the Westin. Walked down to Holiday Inn. Westin has lost 17 huts. Most of front ones due to loss of sand have toppled over. No longer can you just walk into water. There is a 3 foot drop. Lots of standing water. Completely flooded in front of hotel. Riu had 1 hut down. Radisson lost about 10. Occidental, Playa Linda & Hyatt - none lost - not sure about Holiday, but I have never seen so much seaweed in my life. Lots at the Occidental, PL & Holiday. Downtown is under 5 feet of water according to hotel. Nothing open. Hard to walk anywhere - standing water everywhere and we were advised - not good to walk in it - would have sewerage backup. At noon, we could not get a cab to go anywhere. Lots of streets closed. Many of the restaurants in the high rise area were closed. Hope they open tonight. Westin birds were removed from cages and brought somewhere to be safe. Only places doing any business were the casinos. We lost power last night during dinner at Pago Pago. Ate by candlelight. Out for about 45 minutes. According to reports down at Westin, storm is leaving, but slowly leaving. As far as I am concerned, Omar has worn out his welcome - not that he was welcomed. LOL."
A friend reports:
"My son and his wife are honeymooning at Bucuti as I type. They arrived Sunday and are doing remarkably well, all things considered. They can't give enough praise to the Bucuti staff and how they are staying on top of things. "
No one was injured or killed by Hadicurrari pier. There was a fisherman who swan to secure his boat and he is fine. No other injuries reported at this side of the island...yet. Flooding is terrible and only high riding vehicles are able to get in and out of the high rise section.
Hi everyone, Aruba is wet- weather is calming down. Check out photos from the last two days:
Capturing the passion and love of your special day in paradise.
I've been in Aruba since Sunday, Oct. 12th. This is my first trip to the island and I was SOOOO excited. Well, the first two days were GREAT - good sun, good water, good food, and good shopping! Unfortunately, it started raining late Monday night and didn't stop until about noon today.
I walked along the beach down to the Marriott Surf Club around 12:30pm today. The beach at the Hyatt and the Playa Linda (next door) looks pretty good - just a little more seaweed than normal. After you pass Playa Linda, the beach starts to look very bad. Holiday Inn was hit pretty hard as was the pier. In fact, the beach was pretty much swept away.
In addition, I'm staying on the 7th floor of the Hyatt and from my room I can see that the ocean looks horrible! No more quasi-blue-green water. It looks more like sand shaken up in a water bottle now. Iím pretty sure I wonít get any snorkeling in before I go home. L
Btw, prior to the rain, the Downtown area was without power all day on Monday due to an issue with a generator.
To end on a bright noteÖ I had dinner at Screaming Eagle Monday night and it was FABULOUS!!!
I will keep you all posted on any improvements
"Power substation fire causes Oranjestad outage - power restored
Posted on: 10/13/2008
By VisitAruba News http://news.visitaruba.com/news/aruba-power-substation-fire-causes-oranjestad-outage-power-restored
ORANJESTAD, Aruba. A fire at the Paardenbaai substation operated by Aruba's power supplier Elmar caused an outage affecting a large part of Aruba's capital Oranjestad. Power has been restored but Elmar has appealed for consumption cooperation until the problem has been fully resolved.
The fire occurred at around 1pm AST and affected several other substations that led to a widespread outage in Oranjestad including all shops and businesses in the capital's main street. Three hotels were also affected, namely the Renaissance Aruba Resort, Divi Dutch Village and Divi Tamarijn.
Elmar worked on the problem to restore power by redistributing and rebalancing load over alternate channels and stations, and has asked for cooperation from businesses in affected areas to limit consumption as much as possible. Elmar's director Mr. Freddie Rafini, speaking at a press conference flanked by representatives of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association (AHATA) and the Aruba Trade and Industry Association (ATIA) made this appeal, urging that if this was done, normal distribution would be possible for everyone until the damaged components could be fully repaired, a process that will take some time and requires expertise from abroad. Mr. Rob Smith representing AHATA and Mr. Greg Peterson representing ATIA also supported Elmar in their appeal for moderation of consumption in the coming period. Repair cost is expected to surpass a million florins."