Anguilla Local News

Rebounding From Hurricane Luis

Summary: bad storm, lots of damage, no one killed, no one seriously hurt, fast recovery. Anguilla is back to normal!

These pages contain the news reports I posted to the Web after Hurricane Luis from that wonderful island in the Caribbean, Anguilla.

Bob Green, Island Harbour, http://news.ai


How To Communicate with Anguilla

First Report: Sep 19

Radio Anguilla is operating on AM 1505. They broadcast messages for people. Their phone is 809-497-2218 (fax 5432).

Most of the hotels have telephone service restored: Cap Juluca, 809-497-6666 or 800-323-0139, planning to re-open in December; Malliouhana 809-497-6111, planning to re-open Nov 17th, etc. To confirm reservations at a hotel whose phone service is not restored yet, send a fax to them care of the phone company as described below. The Anguillian hotels are gearing up for a strong Winter season in spite of the hurricane.

You can send a FAX to anyone in Anguilla via the phone company at 809-497-2501 or 2502 and people can pick it up at the Cable & Wireless office.

Fedex is delivering to Anguilla. I have already received a package containing my mail from Robelle in Canada, including a new Victoria's Secret catalog (?).

Tropical Shipping has "Less than Container Load" service from Florida to Anguilla. You can UPS a package to them and it will go on the next ship to Anguilla. 800-367-6200. 305-687-8767. Tropical Shipping, 12501 N.W. 38th Ave, Opa Locka, FL 33054. Address parcels to "Persons-name, Anguilla, phone number". I have heard the cost is reasonable.

American Eagle has been changing their schedules frequently as the situation develops. Currently they are running one flight in and out from San Juan at mid-day, with multiple flights not scheduled until weekends in late November or early December. Perhaps they will open up extra flights as the hotels reopen.

Second Report: Sep 26

I have started receiving local and international mail again at the post office over the last week. So don't hesitate to write (our Box is 931).

Third Report: Oct 4

HAM Radio Operators Kept Anguilla in Touch

Immediately after the hurricane there was no way for the outside world to communicate with Anguilla. Less than 24 hours after the peak of the storm, Amateur Radio (HAM) volunteers on Anguilla were operational and delivering messages to worried relatives and friends of Anguilla around the world. Dorothea Mann is the main operator with world-wide capabilities. Her call-sign is VP2EE and she handled government traffic on the 20M band. Bob Rieman (VP2EBR) did coordination traffic on the 80M band. About ten other local HAMs had smaller hand-held sets which allowed them to talk to Dorothea and Bob. They drove around the island, dodging fallen trees and power lines, picking up and delivering messages without charge. Many of the messages were of the form "I'm alive - don't worry" or "The house lost the xxx. I need yyy".

A typical message would be relayed to an "Amateur Radio Service" controller in NY who would pass it on to the HAM volunteer closest the recipient, who would make a local call with the message. Worried outsiders could send messages back to Anguilla through the reverse process by calling their local office of emergency preparedness, the Red Cross, or an Amateur Radio Society.

Dorothea operated a 24-hour service, getting only about 2 hours sleep a night. And she was suffering from a concussion received when she and her husband Dave went out during the storm to try and save their antennas. Even after communication was somewhat restored in Anguilla, Dorothea and other HAM operators on other islands handled emergency communication for the US Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Marilyn. In fact, as of today (October 3rd), she is still operating a 24-hour a day operation.

Internet Service in Anguilla

We have full Internet access in Anguilla (if you have a telephone) provided by Cable and Wireless.


Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: Oct 4

I have been answering a lot of questions by e-mail, such as:

What happened to all the little goats? Are they okay?

The goats were left outside to fend for themselves through the hurricane and there were many casualties. Approximately 600 dead goats had to be cremated in a pile at Corito. Of course that still leaves 3400 goats on Anguilla. About 1200 chickens were buried in a trench -- haven't seen a fresh egg since Luis.

What has happened to XXX? I stayed at XXX last year and loved it.

All the resort hotels are on the coast or directly on the beach, so they all had damage. However, the structures are still there (I can see them) and I can see the money and time going into repairs, so I can believe they will be ready for the Winter tourist season (Nov-Dec time frame). For example, Cove Castles, which will stay closed during October to replace custom doors and windows, will re-open ASAP after that, no fixed date yet, but they have telephone service at 809-497-6801, give them a call. As of Sep 21, at least five hotels are open: La Sirena (497-6827), Paradise Cove (497-6603/6959), Rendevous Bay (497-6549), Pineapple Beach Club (497-6061) and Lloyd's (497-2351). I know that Lloyd's and Pineapple were open through the hurricane and never closed.

What do you need in Anguilla?

We have regular shipments of food and supplies. As of today, the island is short of batteries, candles, bottled water, generators, chain saws, and building supplies such as galvanized roofing. Of course, Anguillian entrepreneurs can, and probably will, bring in special shipments tomorrow to profit from the scarcity, thus solving the problem. If you want to ship some relief supplies, Tropical Shipping has regular shipments from South Florida. The one thing you can be sure will be used is money donated to the Anguilla Disaster Relief Fund; there are a number of families whose houses were destroyed and will need assistance to rebuild. [Sep 26 update: right now what we can use is anything, such as cintronella candles and fly paper, to keep down the mosquitos and flies.] [Nov 6 update: the mosquitos and flies have been reduced by a spraying campaign. The stores seem to have everything, so probably all Anguilla needs now is cash.]

Where can I get more information?

Call the Anguilla Tourist Board at 809-497-2759 or check the Anguilla Home Page: http://galaxy.cau.edu/Anguilla/anguilla.html

Do you have Internet in Anguilla? Where is your Web page? Yes, we have Internet service in Anguilla, provided by Cable and Wireless. As of October 1995, our server is physically located in Antigua, but I have seen the new Sun workstation and Cisco router here in Anguilla that will be our local server. Although I have a lab of 6 computers here, including an HP 9000 UNIX server and an HP 3000 MPE server, I don't yet have a full-time Internet connection. Instead I make a PPP connection with a V.34 modem from one of my PCs into the Cable and Wireless node. The access charge is about $2.80 US per hour. That gives me e-mail, Web browsing and the ability to log on to my other computers in Canada (www.robelle.com, which does have a full-time high-speed T1 connection to the net). I edit my Web pages on the PC using HTML Writer, then transfer the files to our Web server in Canada using Reflection for Windows.


How are other Caribbean islands doing?

Updated Oct 4

People have been asking me for pointers to Web resources containing storm news of other Caribbean islands. Here are a few. If you find any good locations for St. Martin or other islands, please send them to me.

Sep 28: My wife Mary Ann and I talked to a couple from St. Martin at Shoal Bay last weekend. They came to Anguilla for the day to get away from the depressing atmosphere there. They said services are starting to get back to normal, but there is still a curfew on the Dutch side. The French side seems to have recovered faster and does not have a curfew, but there is now a border crossing between the two sides. One the St. Martin newspapers resumed publishing and I noticed the Red Cross had a full page ad of people whom overseas friends and relatives worried about. This was organized through the Dutch Red Cross, but you may be able to send a message through from any branch.

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 Revised: September 29, 1997

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