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Our B.V.I. Adventure is designed to give our family, friends and any other interested followers a look into the life of two expatriates making their way on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands.

So, why did we move 2,000 miles away from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee? Michael accepted a position as the director of retail and international sales for a Caribbean clothing brand.



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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Let Me Upgrade Ya

Just this morning, the National Weather Service upgraded Earl to a Category 1 Hurricane. It is expected to gain strength over the next 24-48 hours as it approaches the Leeward Islands, then the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and beyond.

So what does that mean for us? Well, there is no such thing as an evacuation plan here.  I guess we could catch a flight and head for Florida but that requires a layover in San Juan.  Evacuating is not all that practical, especially for a hurricane that's not a five.

Yesterday, Michael and I checked all of our hurricane shutters.  They're on metal tracks, which required a little bit of WD-40 to get them working properly.  We will need to remove all of the screens from our porch, and bring in all of our patio furniture before closing up the house.

We've stocked up on candles, flashlights, batteries, non-perishables, water, rum, etc...

The one thing I'm dreading is a long power-outage and not because we'll be in the dark - I can handle the dark.  I'm not so sure how I'm going to handle living here with no fans.  For those of you who've visited us, you know how hot it can be when there isn't any wind and that's with fans running full speed.  We'll have neither and who knows for how long.  We've heard 8 hours is the longest time we've been without power after a hurricane...we'll see. 

I'll try and update OurBVIAdventure from my iPhone, that's if I have service!  We hear that service could be interrupted...

If you have any tips or suggestions for riding out a hurricane, we'd love to hear them!  It looks like we have some time to enjoy our Sunday, before the winds pick up and the preliminary thunderstorms reach us.  Keep us in your prayers!


Rachel Butler said...

We will be praying for you guys!!