I've just returned from a last minute quick trip to St. Martin (more on that some other time). I was very worried about this hurricane.
It's the middle of hurricane season. Many islanders are on vacation and business are closed. I did read about some stranded American tourists who have to stay on the island as their flights were canceled.
I've heard from my family and while the power is out in some places, it seems the damage isn't too bad for a storm of this size.
The last big hurricane to hit the island was Hurricane Luis back in 1995. It was the worst hurricane to hit St. Martin in 35 years. It was devastating but the French side was rebuilt pretty quickly, while the Dutch side (i.e. Mullet Bay) took a little longer to get it together.
There are some pictures on this SITE. For those who speak French, there's a clip of a news report from Martinique.
This is the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I can't believe it. Has it really been that long?!
I hope this hurricane season is a mild one. There are parts of the Gulf Coast that are still rebuilding after Katrina.