(Closed) Help! September honeymoon in St. Lucia…

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

We are going in about three weeks.. I’ll let you know!!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You cannot predict the Hurricanes… but do watch the weather, because they will track storms in the Caribbean.

National Hurricane Center = http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The Weather Phenomena in the Caribbean Region is grouped into 17 Levels on the Beaufort Scale running from a Mild Tropical Depression thru to a Category 5 Hurricane.

0-6 Tropical Depression = 7 Tropical Depression / Tropical Storm = 32 to 38 MPH or 52 to 61 KPH

8-9 Tropical Storm = 39 to 54 MPH or 63 to 87 KPH

10 Tropical Storm = 55 to 63 MPH or 89 to 102 KPH

11 Category 1 Hurricane = 64 to 72 MPH or 104 to 117 KPH

12 Category 1 Hurricane = 74 to 83 MPH or 119 to 133 KPH

13 Category 2 Hurricane = 84 to 98 MPH or 135 to 157 KPH

14 Category 2 Hurricane = 99 to 102 MPH or 159 to 165 KPH

15 Category 3 Hurricane = 100 to 122 MPH or 170 to 196 KPH

16 Category 3 Hurricane = 123 to 131 MPH or 198 to 211 KPH

17 Category 4 Hurricane = 132 to 155 MPH or 213 to 250 KPH

17+ Category 5 Hurricane = >157 MPH or >252 KPH

For more info about Hurricanes etc see Wikipedia = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclone

St Lucia is a fairly far eastern island (only exceeded by Barbados) so “generally speaking” anything that comes thru this region is going to be at a lower magnitude than anything that has had the whole Caribbean Sea to cross and pick up power from the Hot Air & Hot Water.

Statistically, St Lucia therefore doesn’t see many direct hits from Hurricanes (Direct Hits happened in 1980 with Hurricane Allen and again in 2010 wiith Hurricane Tomas).  But they can certainly be affected / sustain damage from both Tropical Depressions & Storms… or the fall-out (wind & rain, storm surge) of Hurricanes if they are in the general region.

That is the GOOD NEWS…

The BAD NEWS (or facts of life)…

Is St Lucia is a volcanic island, which means that the there is a thin soil coverage atop volcanic rock… the biggest issue in St Lucia therefore is flooding and mudslides.  As well it is not what one would call a “first world country”… so in the event of an emergency or natural disaster all services will be in jeopardy.

THESE are the reasons why people tend to avoid Caribbean Islands during Hurricane Season… it isn’t just the weather itself, it is the fact that things are not handled in the same fashion as they are in a more progressive country.  In the event of bad weather, systems will be taxed to the max… and things we take for granted here may not be available readily… food, water, sanitation, medical services… or even evacuation.

Hope this helps,

PS… St Lucia is currently riding out Tropical Storm Isaac… you can check out the NHC link that I posted for more info… or GOOGLE for the latest NEWS reports

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We got engaged in St Lucia last July (which is also during Hurricane season) and we only had 2 days of rain, which were our last two. We were there for 2 weeks so 2 days of rain in the rainy season was great! We did get delayed at the airport getting home because of a tropical storm but nothing crazy. St Lucia is absolutely fantastic do the land and sea tour FOR sure and snuba! Two of my favorite things we did while we were there! 🙂 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

St. Lucia is a lovely destination. Hurricane season here in the Caribbean is from June – December each year. However, that does not necessarily mean that there WILL be a hurricane or even that the weather will be bad. Last year’s hurricane season was extremely tame but do monitor the weather patterns for the current season. You’ll have to consider these factors for other Caribbean islands as well. If you do decide to go, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

We just returned from st. lucia this week.  the weather was beautiful.  It wasnt to hot at night and during the day we were always in the pool or beach so weather was comfortable.  we only had one day of rain which was the day before we left and we were able to get on the beach by 3.  we did trip insurance anyway but it was worth the risk.  Good luck!!

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