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Tammy, the hurricane that never was!

Brewers Bay, which was hard hit by Tropical Storm Philippe a couple of weeks ago, was ready this time for Hurricane Tammy; however, the weather system did not affect the Virgin Islands as was initially forecasted. Photo: Team of Reporters
Both Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, left, and Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), right, had issued statements before and after the passing of Hurricane Tammy. Photo: Facebook/File
Both Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, left, and Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), right, had issued statements before and after the passing of Hurricane Tammy. Photo: Facebook/File
Hurricane Irma had ravaged the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017. Many residents have since been left traumatised. Photo: VINO/File
Hurricane Irma had ravaged the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017. Many residents have since been left traumatised. Photo: VINO/File
Drainage in Brewers Bay in preparation for Hurricane Tammy. Photo: Team of Reporters
Drainage in Brewers Bay in preparation for Hurricane Tammy. Photo: Team of Reporters
Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) led a delegation through several areas of Road Town to assess the drainage situation ahead of Tropical Storm Tammy. Photo: GIS
Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) led a delegation through several areas of Road Town to assess the drainage situation ahead of Tropical Storm Tammy. Photo: GIS
A man clears a clogged ghut in Road Town in expectation of impact of Hurricane Tammy. Photo: Team of Reporters
A man clears a clogged ghut in Road Town in expectation of impact of Hurricane Tammy. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands News Online editorial

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands (VI) was on high alert. A category 1 hurricane named Tammy was on its way to the Territory.

It had left much damage in some of our Caribbean neighbours, with extensive flooding in Barbados, the French Islands and Dominica.

Many residents of the VI with still fresh memories of the 2017 deadly category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, were not taking any chances.

Residents crowded the local supermarkets, hardware stores, side shops, farmers' markets, and food stands on the four main islands; Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost van Dyke, to buy up all they could.

We are on top of things this time- Government of the Day!

The Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), other Members of the ruling Government, along with his crew from the Public Works Department, rushed in front of the cameras to show they were on top of things. They cleared and cleaned main roads, ghuts, and alleyways, along with hillside erosion from Jost van Dyke to Tortola. Pictures were taken and press releases issued, as no one on the Government side was missing this photo opportunity.

Gas stations earned a few extra dollars as most residents filled up their vehicle tanks, especially on the sister islands. Everyone was glued to the online news, radios and televisions for the latest Hurricane Tammy forecast, while in many areas, both in the public and private sectors, crews were called to place hurricane shutters on homes, businesses and buildings.

District representatives, who are normally traveling or absent from their districts, or are usually equipped with the script, “I can’t help”, “We do not pay for that anymore”, and “It is the CoI”, were given permission to have the district emergency crews on standby for action before and after Hurricane Tammy, with final clearing of drains and ghuts and removal of debris. One Opposition Member, eager to stay relevant, provided sandbags to his constituents and they melted with appreciation, for this was never done before in that district.

Some district representatives had a resurrection

Other district representatives, for the first time in six months (post-election 2023), toured their districts and made phone calls to have plans in place just in case Tammy had been problematic and they wouldn’t have to face the wrath of the residents living in their areas, morning radio shows and blogs. 

The Territory was prepared, as both Governor John J. Rankin, CMG and Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), who are Members of the National Emergency Operations Centre, issued their normal weather statements trying to restore calm and show they both still hold official titles, despite their low approval ratings.

Yes, there was rain off and on from Friday, October 20, 2023, and with every rain drop residents became anxious because of flooding and poor drainage and some landlords not willing and, in some cases, not able to repair roofs and drainage around rental apartments.

We were prepared

We got up on Saturday morning, October 21, 2023, as many boaters with large barges moved with haste to the nearest Hurricane Harbour Shelters to protect their investments, because of out-of-control insurance costs. The Sea Cows Bay harbour began to fill up with boats on Saturday and at least the unsightly, shameful sunken boats and yachts in the harbour from September 2017 disappeared for the moment.

So, there was much hoopla but to the residents and Government’s credit, they were ready for Tammy and the Department of Disaster Management communicated as much as they could. We were told that by Saturday night we would feel the brunt of Hurricane Tammy. By Saturday morning, many announcements were made regarding the closure of airports, ferry terminals, and suspension of ferry services and some essential services.

But we woke up on Sunday morning, October 22, 2023, to not much rain, while a few natural ghuts had water running. District Representatives and the PWD were given the green light to have emergency crews in place before and after Hurricane Tammy, despite the infamous and restrictive Commission of Inquiry (CoI) and the Procurement Act, ready to go on a moment’s notice with no competitive bidding needed this time.

This was possible because the Governor, Premier and Financial Secretary (FS) had worked out a deal to avoid Mr Rankin firing off another two-page letter to the Financial Secretary on policies and procurement post CoI to keep Mr. Jeremiah G. A. Frett, the FS, in his place.

As we gazed outside on a Sunday morning, many were seen going to church, work, playing sports or just to have breakfast, as the sun was up, and the clouds lassoed the mountains on many hilltops.

No longer forgotten

The grounds were still saturated from Tropical Storm Philippe, as one school had to be closed a few weeks ago due to flooding from Philippe and some communities like Brewers Bay, on Tortola, complained that they were the ‘forgotten city’ in the clean-up after Philippe. The powers that be listened to the cries and today, Brewers Bay, for example, was ready for Hurricane Tammy because of the cleanup efforts by a private contractor, along with the support of the PWD, and the Communications and Works Ministry.

We were spared! Hurricane Tammy turned away from us; however, she is still out there, with some feeder bands. Whether you believe it's global warming, a conspiracy theory- that these weather phenomena are man-made- or in God who has blessed us, as the Hurricane Season continues until November 30, 2023, the Territory of the VI has lived to fight another day.

43 Responses to “Tammy, the hurricane that never was!”

  • 2023 (22/10/2023, 16:24) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    the administration of the day need to make all
    systems are go at all times
    • @2023 (22/10/2023, 17:49) Like (33) Dislike (13) Reply
      some of you people on here are just chronic complainers, blame everything on Government. Government has no control over "Acts of God!" You all need to go sit down somewhere and get a life!!!!!
      • @ @2023 (23/10/2023, 06:53) Like (20) Dislike (22) Reply
        Stop defending the government and Governor. Why clear drains and ghuts on the 11th hour of an impending storm? With all the major flooding a few weeks back, you would think this would’ve been done shortly after.

        Weeks before hurricane season clear the drains, trim the trees etc. and every month after check to ensure that these things remain clear. All this laid back, half cocked, shortsighted leadership has to end. If they don’t want anyone to talk about them, they should do their jobs correctly and timely!
    • It Was Not Geared for BVI (23/10/2023, 07:26) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Tune in to Mr. Weatherman’s YouTube for accurate weather updates.

      Hurricane Tammy never posed a threat to rtw BVI.
  • bvibuzz (22/10/2023, 16:58) Like (17) Dislike (25) Reply
    Excellent write up vino impressive
    • bond (22/10/2023, 17:55) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ bvibuzz-this has been a paid political announcement
    • @BviBuzz (22/10/2023, 23:24) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      I disagree. Should have left out the opinions and just focus on facts. The headline is poor as Tammy did destruction on nearby islands. I'm not a govt supporter but commend them for the proactive approach. We are learning from past mistakes. As the saying goes its better to prepare and prevent than repair and repent.
  • WOW (22/10/2023, 17:32) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino wow. Lol. Dorian passed here and persons were still doing businesses as normal lol
  • Oooohhh boy (22/10/2023, 17:34) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Better save and prepared than sorry
  • Pandora's Box (22/10/2023, 17:35) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can’t help”, “We do not pay for that anymore” yes that's all they say to us these days
  • Dancing with the starsI (22/10/2023, 17:36) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Whether be believe in God or not, we must give a loud praise to God that we were spared from this hurricane Tammy. From what was reported from Barbuda, the storm caused severe damages to that tiny island. It is not that we are blessed, however it, is the mercies of God that we were spared from the hurricane. We should not be complacent, and we should continue to pray for God's protection on government and people of this Territory so that we can live in peace with our fellow men.
    • Bumble Bee (23/10/2023, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dancing with the stars
      While I truly agree with your post about giving thanks,
      The folks in charge needs to do a better job about there information reports, when the reports was sent out for Saturday I wondered what we were drinking or smoking because if you had been paying attention to the storm track in for the previous days you would have realised something was wrong with the report.
      We need to insist that the the published information is clear and concise otherwise the public will lose faith and belief in the information source.
  • my2cents (22/10/2023, 17:40) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good News that we were spared but it's not over until the fat woman sings
  • Its all about money and photo ops (22/10/2023, 17:40) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
    We were misled about this storm/hurricane
    • Reply (23/10/2023, 07:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The 2023 hurricane season has been forecast to be busier than usual as warmer-than-normal water temperatures offset El Niño, a weather phenomenon known to limit hurricane development in the Atlantic.
  • Anonymous (22/10/2023, 17:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Out side is still wet and windy but we live in a hurricane zone where we have been dealing with this type of weather for so long, it should be nothing new to us.
  • LILIAN (22/10/2023, 17:51) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    With all the rain whenever there are deep puddles we have no way of knowing where the potholes are.
  • What? (22/10/2023, 17:53) Like (10) Dislike (19) Reply
    Why did we close the airport?
  • long look me come from (22/10/2023, 17:58) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    I have friends and family who have lived in D7 and after the election have never seen showande do a days work for the people that elect him blindly for the second term in D7. He needs to go!!! Even as Premier he is not serving us well at all..
  • Really (22/10/2023, 17:59) Like (4) Dislike (16) Reply
    Pure dummies. Not one storm I shop for because that's called scared tactics and the government knows how to stress you all out. First thing gone in the am was the poisonous water. A deadly clear substance that the government put chemicals in to make the water clear. I don't know when you all will wake up but you have to get smart and wise. All hurricane is brought to you by the ELITES/ all government puppets on tv and radio. They are all control oppositions. The elites knows your every thought because you Goggle everything and rely on all technology because you're lazy. I pray for you all because dark winter is coming again. Vaccinated people build your immune system up. It's crucial in winter time for you because the government damage your whole immune system
    • lodger (23/10/2023, 07:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      To REALLY I feel sorry for you. Dont you have a normal life to live?
  • controversial (22/10/2023, 18:06) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Very good article. However, the headline is not accurate because Tammy intensified to a category 1 hurricane and is still somewhere out there. It did not come close to the Virgin Islands; hence we were spared the wrath of its destruction. But other islands in its path were affected. We give God thanks for His mercies one more time. As a community, let us continue to be prepared at all times.
  • Never forget (22/10/2023, 18:13) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Our fallen hero’s of 9/11
  • Really? (22/10/2023, 18:26) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    This was only ever going to be a max cat1? Sounds like something else going on. Many others earlier in the season coulda had much more severe consequences and no action was taken
  • Hahahaha. (22/10/2023, 18:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not even a bucket of rain for the vegetations..
  • ... (22/10/2023, 19:16) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    That article is solid vino impressive but these politians are not going to fool us for ever
  • The watchdog (22/10/2023, 19:30) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is a worthy editorial indeed and I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing vino all the best for these progressive writing skills.
    I’m also sure I’m not alone in saying these elected persons should be in place at all times to keep our people safe and take care of the inforstructure as we pay our taxes but it seems even that is not good enough for them to do in the first place.
    We all know what the problems are. We need to be forthright about them and address them head-on.
    The truth is, it is much easier to do well in life and for a country if you get the right start. If your good and right start is postponed, it gets progressively harder to do well with every year that goes by.
    How difficult can it be on this very tiny island like the bvi to get all our people and Island off to a good start?
  • yeah (22/10/2023, 19:46) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    It was a very good article, however, that little baby Cat 1 girl named Tammy had you all panicking? We survived the baddest chick around (Irma). Bring it on Tammy...
  • usvi (22/10/2023, 20:16) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Kye Rymer is a dam waste of time. so u waiting till storms to come to hurrying up to clean ghuts and drains, these suppose to be regularly check and clean regardless of storm or not. Did they go higher up to unclogged passage nope cause there are still stuff in the ghut ways. Noq he want to be video tape as if he is actually doing something great
  • Mary (22/10/2023, 20:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well written VENO.
    The Brewers Bay community is grateful for the efforts made by the Minister of communication his competent PS & Rep. Of the 2nd district, PWD and Ms Stevens of PWD who was responsible for managing the clean up project. We wish to recognize her for the excellent contributions she made towards the clean process along with an excellent young man who operated the heavy equipment. We are anxious to
    to see Government's further input in completing the fixing of Brewer's Bay beach and surrounding areas that were badly damaged.
  • Yes VINO (22/10/2023, 20:28) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    I love this kinda of journalism! Good writing, the best piece of article I have read in a while. I got a good chuckle out of this as well. Love it!
  • who cares (22/10/2023, 20:54) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The boss escape to St Croix anyway who cares about the island.
    Not him
  • Social Media (22/10/2023, 20:56) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is cancer to society. Case in example and i know this comment will not make it. But look what this article title is. Instead of being grateful and saying something BVI spread the worst, it's going to post: 'tammy, a hurricane that never was.'

    then we wonder why people are the way they are. If we now have parents leaving their kids with a tablet of ipad to teach them about life and it's these same social media they are using for guidance. This world is heading down a very dark path
  • GB (22/10/2023, 21:05) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Waaaw! This is a wonderful article Well written .Bravo!!!!!
  • ta ta (23/10/2023, 00:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The 2023 Hurricane Season showed it still had life yesterday as Hurricane Tammy put us under a tropical storm watch
  • Eye seeing (23/10/2023, 07:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    and just so PWD staff up and about in the Government vehicles day and night driving out they families wasting the public tax money what kind of Management we have going on at PWD and who place that short girl over Workshop until i can get answers for my tax dollars i will sippppp my tea.........
  • DISRESPECT (23/10/2023, 08:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    To the Islands that suffered its wrath. Be thankful and grateful that we were spared. This is an insult to the islands that got flooded.
  • Outsider (23/10/2023, 08:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you bloggers are unbelievable. You prepared for a hurricane and by the grace of God it didn’t touch down on BVI, so you’re mad. If you weren’t prepared and it hit the country and caused destruction you would blame the government. You people need prays. God forgive them.
  • lol (23/10/2023, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    The Government Ministers are all P**$$$!£$ and only interested in travelling and the perks that come with being an elected official. The BVI is used to having district contractors clean ghuts, bushes etc. for decades and they let these people from the UK come down here and tell us it's corrupt for your own small businesses to get contracts. Why should we continue electing these wastes when they are totally useless? Some of them are so careless and bold that they come right out and tell you "Boy we can't do that, the Governor watching we!" NO &*^%$£ SHAME!

  • 11 (23/10/2023, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    That was just the warning for what's about to come.
  • Hmm (23/10/2023, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm hoping I can now get bread at the stores again.
  • Why now... (23/10/2023, 13:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Before the storm everyone wondering what's happening, but no news from your media or Disaster Preparedness. All of a sudden the hurricane thankfully missed us this time and your article seems like your disappointment that it didn't come our way?????? "The Hurricane that never was" very misleading, tell that to the other Caribbean Islands that took a beating from flood waters and wind.

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