I know the previous thread was shut down for rudeness, but I’m hoping we can start one in order to get updates and check on @budbuss and her daughter. Let’s all just keep it civil and show nothing but concern for our CM’s and our island.
Castaway Cay Update
Many of our guests have asked questions about Castaway Cay. Some of our Crew remained on the island and their care and safety is our highest priority. We are in regular contact with island leadership, who is making sure our Crew is well taken care of in our storm shelter, which is designed for these types of situations and has restrooms, power and is well stocked with food and water. Castaway Cay remains south of the more significant weather and is currently experiencing tropical storm force winds, which based on the current forecast, are expected for the next several hours before gradually diminishing. Our thoughts are with the people in areas of The Bahamas that are being impacted by this storm and we stand ready to contribute to recovery efforts.
Weather.com is reporting 55 mph winds from the SW with 72 mph gusts, which is blowing directly at the developed section of the island. The storm surge is also a problem. The warnings are for 18-23 foot storm surges, which would cause significant damage. The airstrip is listed at a 5 foot elevation.
Not only does the island have to be cleaned up. There could be damage to the dock that needs repaired and in order to do that supplies will need to be brought in. And the dock area will more than likely have to be dredged deep enough again to allow the ship to get close to the dock after the heavy tides push the ocean floor (AKA sand and debri) close to the dock area. The island took a direct hit with 185 mph winds.