I would tend to believe the report of big waves in Simpson Bay on St. Maarten. Omar went a little further east than expected, through the Anegada Passage
. That put St. Maarten in the worst sector. Winds were estimated at 125 mph. The storm churned up some impressive swells, and they arrived from the south. As you know, Simpson Bay is open to the south.
I don't know how big they got here on Nevis
last night. I managed to sleep through the worst part of the storm. But I saw that the swells had washed up over the road at Tamarind Bay. The 15' swells that we got last March didn't make it that far.
A year or so ago, a local entrepreneur bought an old WWII landing craft, built a stone and earth jetty, and opened a car ferry
and St. Kitts. With the expectation of southerly swells, he took his boat out to motor
against the wind and waves, rather than leaving it at an exposed dock
. His engines failed, and he wound up on the beach in front of the Oaulie Beach Hotel
. Wiped out their pier in the process. Another ferry
broke free of her mooring
at Charlestown, and washed up on the beach in front of Sunshine's beach bar. The beach at the Four Seasons Resort was overrun, and seawater invaded all their first floor accomodations. Shades of Hurricane Lenny!