Tropical Storm Felix (Hurricane) Strengthens in Caribbean … I thought Aruba Did not Experience Bad Weather on “One Happy Island”


Tropical Storm Felix forming in the Caribbean has become the sixth name storm of the Felix12007 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is tracking in the Caribbean near Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. So much for tropical storms and hurricanes not being a part of the weather patterns in Aruba. The AHATA may want to re-write the travel brochures.

In Aruba the newspapers almost never publish a weather report. They don’t need to. Around here, “sunny and warm” is not news. With an average rainfall of less than 20 inches a year, an average daytime temperature of 82° Fahrenheit (27° Celsius), a location completely outside the hurricane belt, and the constant cooling influence of the trade winds, Aruba is one of the most temperate islands in the Caribbean. And just as comfortable in July as it is in January.

It would appear that Aruba is not “completely” outside the hurricane belt as evidence by the weather warnings. So much for truth in advertizing.

Felix is expected to continue on this track over the next 24 hours, which would take away from the southern Windward Islands later this morning and near the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao late Saturday or early Sunday, the hurricane center said.

The government of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba has issued a tropical storm warning for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within the next 24 hours. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the northern coast of Venezuela from Cumana to Pedernales including the island of Margarita. (CNN)

The island lies far outside the Hurricane Belt, so there is virtually no threat of tropical storms. Time to refresh the page.


Tropical Storm Watch pa islanan ABC


UPDATE I: Tropical Storm Public Advisory

Felix moving away from the Windward Islands and strengthening… At 8 am AST…1500 UTC…the Tropical Storm Warning for Grenada is discontinued.   A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the islands of Aruba…Bonaire and Curacao.  A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.

UPDATE II: Tropical storm Felix could become Atlantic hurricane

UPDATE III: Remeber this classic from Vanderbilt

Aruba NH weather

UPDATE IV:  Felix is a category I storm headed towards Aruba

UPDATE V: Felix strengthens to Category 2 storm

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Hurricane Felix strengthened to a Category 2 storm and shifted away from Curacao on Sunday, taking an unpredictable path that left Caribbean islands over a stretch of hundreds of miles fearful of the winds and rain to come. 
Felix was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening, becoming the second Atlantic hurricane of the season. By early Sunday, it had sustained maximum winds of about 105 mph and threatened to become a major hurricane as the day went on, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.


Posted September 1, 2007 by
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    80 Responses to “Tropical Storm Felix (Hurricane) Strengthens in Caribbean … I thought Aruba Did not Experience Bad Weather on “One Happy Island””

    1. Vicki on September 1st, 2007 11:37 am

      Wow Tes may not have to go back there… It would appear Mother Nature is gonna help us out…look out Lieruba….

    2. Melissa on September 1st, 2007 11:46 am

      For the record – In November, 1999 Hurricane Lenny caused SUBSTANTIAL and sustained flooding in Aruba. Likewise, more severe was Hurricane Ivan in September, 2004 which even caused the government of Aruba to implement a curfew on the island.

      It does seem that if a statement (even a false one) is repeated enough times by enough people, that statement has the ability to become a statement of fact.

      My mother always taught me to challenge the “truth”.

    3. Dusty on September 1st, 2007 11:54 am

      I hope it strenthens to a cat 5 and wipes Aruba off the world map!!!lol

    4. imogene on September 1st, 2007 1:51 pm


      Your last two paragraphs are interesting. Obviously, you weren’t referring to hurricanes

    5. arubaboy on September 1st, 2007 1:56 pm

      3. I hope a huge fire lays Dusty’s hometown in ashes!! lol

    6. LOUIS BREITBACH on September 1st, 2007 2:00 pm


    7. brie on September 1st, 2007 3:24 pm

      National Hurricane Center: Winds are approaching 70 mph, reaching hurricane strength, could become a hurricane by tonight or Sunday….Aruba is going to have to change their brochures…or move their island !!!

      Well, go to CnC’s, have a beer! It’ll go away! Have a shot of 151, especially prepared by the bartender and you won’t remember anything at all!

    8. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 3:30 pm

      Justice 4 Nat
      and her family!

      Day #824

    9. disgustedmom on September 1st, 2007 4:28 pm

      Brie, #7…”Well, go to CnC’s, have a beer! It’ll go away! Have a shot of 151, especially prepared by the bartender and you won’t remember anything at all!”

      THAT’s funny!

      And, NO, Arubans…I don’t think the hurricane is funny. It’s never funny when innocents are harmed or even afraid of being harmed IN ANY WAY AT ANY TIME!

    10. Gabriel Leo on September 1st, 2007 4:43 pm

      AWW YOU GUYSSSS, how thoughful of all of you to concern yourselves with my island and the weather. You guys are golly gose just swell!
      Vicky is just the Mary Poppins of the Monkeys bunch ain’t she.
      May the bigg man above bless all those who concern themselves with my island.

    11. dennisintn on September 1st, 2007 4:46 pm

      it’s an entirely different for arubans when it’s their kids in danger or missing. i guess they could all just shut up, go home and get over it, like beth was told to do.

    12. FL on September 1st, 2007 4:50 pm

      #3: Did you hear the people from Aruba laughing after Katrina ?

    13. dennisintn on September 1st, 2007 5:56 pm

      the island was too happy partying after the perps were released from jail to bother with katrina.

    14. joe bear on September 1st, 2007 6:25 pm

      Wonder what will wash up,or be planted.

    15. Allan K on September 1st, 2007 7:08 pm

      Gabriel Leo You sound just the way the rest of Aruba sounds. You are a jerk. Stay in Aruba.

    16. Kat_Gram on September 1st, 2007 7:18 pm

      Mr. Leo
      I do not wish any harm to come to anyone on Aruba because of bad weather. I would like some Justice to be administered by Aruba in this case. Also I would like Natalee to be found.
      It is about 28 months now.

    17. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 8:33 pm

      Greta Crime Scene

      Natalee Holloway

      seg 1

    18. Proud Arubian on September 1st, 2007 8:44 pm

      Hey guys the weather here in ‘One Happy Island Aruba’ is still doing fine.. We are prepared for what is coming for us, Only god can decide what we do soooowwww For the ANTI-ARUBANS your words dont do nothing!!! THE MORE YOU TALK THE MORE FAMOUS ARUBA SHOULD BE!! Peacee!!

    19. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 9:04 pm

      > dont do nothing!!


      Just FYI… the above was a double effing negative.

      Which simply means that you might
      have to wait until the effects
      of your drink wear off before
      you fully understand what it was
      you meant.

      PEACE to you,
      Proud Arubian.

      I spell God
      with a big G.

    20. disgustedmom on September 1st, 2007 9:06 pm

      So many Arubans come on here to idle away the hours awaiting the storm. Aren’t you Arubans glad this site is here for you?

    21. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 9:08 pm

      Greta Crime Scene

      Natalee Holloway

      seg 2

      SM: Thanks Carpe – how many segments will it be?

    22. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 9:33 pm

      Hi Klaas,

      I think there will be 5. (think so)



      SM: Thanks Carpe! (klaasend)

    23. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 9:38 pm


    24. disgustedmom on September 1st, 2007 9:48 pm

      Weather news now reporting Level 1 Hurricane with 75 MPH winds heading for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaco….sorry I can’t spell Curaco without looking it up -which I am not so inclined to be interested in doing.

      You know…I’ll say again, I don’t wish fear or harm on any innocents of these islands, but I do think it serves Aruba right that they will have to put out money to redo the brochures and that perhaps they won’t get so many tourists there during hurricane season next year.

      And since they are not used to more than trade winds, I wonder how well they are prepared for 75 MPH wind damage?

      I harken back to the troll who complained that the USA didn’t do enough for New Orleans after Katrina. Can’t wait to see the Aruban government help the citizens of Aruba make repairs after the storm! Ya think they will help at all?

    25. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 10:34 pm


      Scratch that. This is seg 5.

      Segment 6 coming up will be the closer!

      In this episode Greta showcases how

      all suspects are playing a lying game.

      She shows Natalee’s hotel room

      and contents.

      …and interesting to me…

      they show Joran’s hacked up, spit out,
      chewed up, old hair ball of a mother… and even
      she says the police should have held on to
      & investigated more thoroughly, that
      rancid sack of meat for a
      son she has!

      THEN as Greta is asking her questions about
      the police interrogating her son…

      She says two words that JUMPED OFF OF THE SCREEN SPEAKERS and into my ears.

      She blurts out:

      “DEEP SEA”

      These two words should have very little
      with the police interrogating her son,
      if he truly has not a clue to where
      Nat is.

      Anita knows where Natalee’s

      ultimate resting spot is!!!


      Greta Crime Scene

      Natalee Holloway

      Segment 5

      -Justice 4 Natalee

      SM: Carpe – I’ve been waiting for your final segment because I missed it when it was aired. San says there’s a casino shot too. THANKS! (klaasend)

    26. Carpe Noctem on September 1st, 2007 11:07 pm

      HERE TIZ, Klaas



      *final segment

      -Justice 4 Our Girl Natalee!

    27. Pearl on September 1st, 2007 11:59 pm

      Did anyone watch Greta?

      Greta was fantastic! She made some incredible points and did a slam-dunk of bringing out the fact through an interview with Mickey John that revealed PAULUS was involved with the creation of the Holiday Inn LIES.

      I thought it was so interesting to hear Greta mention that Joran may not have a “choice” about whether he speaks to polis again.

      And how powerful were those amazing Mountain Brook young ladies, who made it very clear that Natalee had absolutely NO INTEREST in Joran…which seems to be in direct conflict with – well, the MANY LIES we’ve heard over and over again from none other than JORAN. Which kind of makes me puzzled about why Aruban polis would suggest that there was no cause to interrogate JORAN, when they knew he was lying to them right from the start?

      Why would polis predicate “investigatory work” on the statements of men that they KNOW are lying?
      Does that make sense to any of you monkeys?

      And here’s another big puzzlement: Why did Steve Croes suggest that he does not know Joran and Deepak when it is a known fact that he does know them?

      And HOW does that man, from Aruba Today ( Mr. Tito L.) – HOW does he know there “may” have been a boat involved in “disposing” of Natalee, yet be so CERTAIN that it was NOT THE TATOO boat which, Steve Croes operates?

      Where did Mr. Tito obtain the information that the TATTOO was not the boat used in the “disposal” of Natalee? Who did he speak to?

      Who was that handsome young reporter from Diario? He did an excellent job in bringing out some very critical points. Clearly, there seems to be a huge difference between the Diario newspaper, and that other paper in Aruba, particularly when it comes to standards of journalistic excellence and the highest standards of ethics as displayed by Diario newspaper.

      And Mickey John! He was powerful! He very clearly, and emphatically declared that PAULUS VAN DER SLOOT WAS INDEED INVOLVED IN THE CREATION OF THE HOLIDAY INN LIES, THIS – DIRECTLY STATED BY DEEPAK TO MICKEY JOHN.

      Which…makes me wonder: if the ALE and the prosecutor, were all so intent on “finding Natalee”, then why did they all sit on the chilling discovery made from the Holiday Inn surveillance tapes, that immediately revealed that Joran, Deepak and Satish were all lying in their statements concerning their claims that they had “dropped off Natalee at the Holiday Inn hotel, right in front of the lobby, where she was approached by a dark skinned guard – LIE”?

      Greta Van Sustern should be commended for a spectacular job in pursuing what ever journalist entrusted with Natalee’s story, should be pursuing: NATALEE HOLLOWAY’S TRUTH!



      God bless Natalee’s family.
      God bless all the wonderful Monkeys who continue to stand by Natalee’s side!

    28. joe bear on September 2nd, 2007 12:40 am

      good job,greta.i hope no one is hurt,but upwelling of ocean water could bring things to the surface

    29. buster on September 2nd, 2007 12:47 am

      All the storms in the next ten years wont do as much damage as hurricane urin did in just one short night
      aruba will allways be an island soiled by urin

    30. JusticeforNatalee on September 2nd, 2007 1:41 am

      For your information, Vicki does a lot of good work for Natalee
      and is a very compassionate person. So, cease with your comments about her.

      Thanks for the videos of Greta’s show! It’s great that Greta is once again reminding Americans of Natalee’s plight.


    31. JusticeforNatalee on September 2nd, 2007 1:50 am

      Hey, Gabe,

      Do you ever go to the Refugees site and complain
      to THEM about the horrible lies they write about Natalee
      and her mother?

      I guess you don’t care too much about that, do you?

    32. JusticeforNatalee on September 2nd, 2007 1:53 am


    33. JusticeforNatalee on September 2nd, 2007 1:56 am


      Aruba isn’t famous–It is INfamous.

      Same with Joran. He thinks he is famous but
      he is really INfamous.

      Do you know the difference? Infamous means to be known in a BAD WAY.

      You see, these past two years, Aruba has been seen in a bad light and rightfully so.

      If Aruba blows its last chance at delivering justice, it will be seen in an even WORSE light.

      Guess what THAT will do to tourism!

    34. SSE on September 2nd, 2007 1:59 am

      Let me inform you about the status of Felix. The hurricane is suppose to pass 70 miles north of Aruba meaning they will get the outerskirts of a category 1 hurricane so no 75 mph winds.

      To the person correcting the Aruban’s double negative, at least he/she is able to communicate with you in English. If he/she were to write here in Papiamento, Spanish or Dutch, you would have no idea what is going on. So when you are able to communicate here in a language that is not your own than criticize someone for double negative.

    35. Ray Wood on September 2nd, 2007 4:15 am

      No joke intended,But what goes around comes around. Things that have happened in the past can
      affect how many tears I shed.

    36. Ray Wood on September 2nd, 2007 4:55 am

      If I were an Aruban I would hide my face in shame
      at the way Aruba has behaved.

    37. houston on September 2nd, 2007 7:37 am

      A Cat 5 Hurricane will really put the brakes on Aruba’s development plans.

    38. Pearl on September 2nd, 2007 7:54 am

      I don’t believe that “Felix” is Aruba’s MAJOR PROBLEM.

      Try these letters for starters, to conjure up what REALLY lurks beyond the high winds and the churning waters of a hurricane named “Felix”: JVDS, PVDS, DK, SK, SC, GW, GVC, JVDS (someone whose initials are exactly the same as Paulus, and who likes to talk on phones and meet with Paulus according to at least one Aruban official).

      Greta Van Susteran: “We’ve been on (this story) from the beginning, and we’ll be on it TO THE END.”

      And we will be right behind you, Greta.

      Thank you for your integrity,Greta; thank you for your standards of journalistic excellence concerning your reporting on a CHILD – NATALEE, and on the acts of horrific brutality and cruel indifference that were inflicted upon this child and her suffering family who continue to live daily with unimaginable suffering and sorrow in NOT KNOWING WHAT THESE MEN DID TO THEIR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, NEICE, GRANDDAUGHTER, SISTER, COUSIN, FRIEND, AND WHERE THEY CONTINUE TO IMPRISON HER.

      Your entire staff, editors, photo-journalists and all investigative reporters and support staff should ALL be commended for an outstanding piece of journalistic INTEGRITY that seeks to find NATALEE, HER TRUTH, and to give back this precious child to her family. BRAVO TO YOUR ENTIRE STAFF!

      “We have been on it from the beginning, and we will be on it until the end.”
      Greta Van Susteran, Fox News

      E.R. Murrow

    39. Robert on September 2nd, 2007 8:34 am

      Hey Carpe,

      Great you posted the – links to – the GretaVS Crime Scene program. Didn’t know that show had aired.

      Very revealing to hear the statement of the Holliday Inn doorman that Paulus set up the lie about the 3 dropping of Natalee at the HI.
      That proofs PvdSh*t is very, VERY deep into the whole cover up of this. (And it proofs he’s the lowest of scum; but we already knew that by now!)

    40. Vicki on September 2nd, 2007 9:14 am

      #10- Gab, what is your obsession with me? Ive been called alot of things but Mary Poppins???hahahaha…when Katrina hit,you ppl were to busy giving a party to the sporter to give a rats behind about us. Do US a favor and stay on that dot in the ocean, that is if you make it…God dont like ugly and hes waited long enough for you filthy animals to give Natalee back…maybe hes taken matters in his own hands…JUSTICE FOR NATALEE.

    41. joe bear on September 2nd, 2007 9:26 am

      yes,the island will be tainted,maybe one death,can prevent 100 or more rapes.Not a good trade,but it is happening.Maybe one storm will bring to the surface,what was hidden.I pray and hope for Justice,now,or soon

    42. Susan on September 2nd, 2007 9:27 am

      Felix becomes Category 2 hurricane By MARGARET WEVER, Associated Press Writer
      1 hour, 56 minutes ago

      ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Felix gathered strength and became a Category 2 hurricane early Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm was forecast to pass just north of the Dutch Caribbean island.

      Felix was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening, becoming the second Atlantic hurricane of the season. By early Sunday, it had sustained maximum winds of about 100 mph and threatened to become a major hurricane as the day went on, the center said.

      A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were in effect for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

      Franklin Yarzagarag, a staffer at Aruba’s airport, said it was closed until Felix passes.

      On Saturday, a line of jittery residents and hotel employees snaked through a hardware store in the capital of Oranjestad to purchase supplies.

      “This kind of weather doesn’t usually make it to Aruba, so people are definitely worried,” said store cashier Mark Werleman.

      At 5 a.m. EDT, Felix was centered about 85 miles east-northeast of Aruba and was moving westward at about 18 mph, the hurricane center said.

      On Saturday, Felix brought heavy rains and strong winds to Grenada as a tropical storm, snapping small boats loose from their moorings, temporarily knocking out local radio and TV stations and toppling utility lines. No injuries were reported.

      A tropical storm watch also was issued by the government of Jamaica, which was battered by Hurricane Dean on Aug. 19.

      Felix was on track to pass near Honduran resort islands Tuesday and plow into Belize on Wednesday.

      On Honduras’ Roatan Island, home to luxury resorts and pristine reefs, the weather was normal and guests were simply enjoying their vacations, said Mayan Princess Beach Resort & Spa employee Arturo Rich.

      “We aren’t evacuating people yet, but maybe on Monday” as the storm gets closer, he said.

      The storm ripped roofs off at least two homes and destroyed a popular concert venue in the southern Caribbean island of Grenada. Orchards were left in ruin.

      Jess Charles, 29, said he and his family hunkered down in their house in the town of Calliste as the storm’s winds howled outside.

      “It was really very, very scary,” Charles told The Associated Press. “The wind was blowing so hard we thought our roof might come off.”

      Felix also spawned thunderstorms and downed trees in Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Those islands reported only minor damage.

      Rebecca Waddington, a meteorologist at the hurricane center, advised employees of oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to monitor Felix’s progress and said the storm could reach the area in four to five days.

    43. Susan on September 2nd, 2007 9:41 am

      Aruba, hold on to your hats, your drug lords, illegal gambling and sex slave trafficking, serving alcohol to minors, gang raping, murderering SOB’s, etc. Here comes Felix and it’s gonna get ugly!

      “Vengeance is Mine”, sayeth the Lord!



    44. chris on September 2nd, 2007 9:42 am

      Glad that Greta did another show on Natalee, but why is it that not one TV personality on any channel has ever come out and used the word that we all have used from the very beginning? Why are they afraid to say “COVER UP”? Surely they can’t be sued for using their freedom of speech.
      I can’t remember if even in Dave’s book I saw mention of it. Correct me if I’m wrong please.
      As for the weather, somebody up there sure doesn’t like that little island any more!

    45. Bob on September 2nd, 2007 9:49 am

      I’m a justice for Natalie supporter. A hurricane affects ALL people, innocent citizens, children, animals, and also the scum who perpetrated the injustice to Natalie and her family.

      I hope God is selective when the storm blows thru……

    46. MalteseMom on September 2nd, 2007 9:59 am

      Agree 100% buster

    47. b4igo2it on September 2nd, 2007 10:33 am

      I hope that no one is hurt with Felix churning in the sea. I hope everyone remains safe. I would, however, like to see whether any thing washes ashore. There is no perfect crime and justice will be served one day, and for that, we will patiently await that day. Justice 4 Natalee please!

    48. Jason on September 2nd, 2007 10:53 am

      So vicki if God don’t like ugly and he’s doing all of this to Aruba because of NAtalee, how do you explain hurricanes in New Orleans, Florida, Alabama, NE US and California earthquakes and fires?

      I guess it’s all Karma against certain people.

      Hey why aren’t you posting these things at BFN Vicki?

    49. buster on September 2nd, 2007 11:00 am

      Felix the hurricane the wonderful wonderful hurricane it will make you laugh it will make you cry it will make your heart go piter pat watching felix the wonderful hurricane

    50. KCinTX on September 2nd, 2007 11:05 am

      There R those of us that believe New Orleans was destroyed for a reason. Remember Pompeii? In Luke, Jesus gave several examples 4 ppl 2 understand the ways of the Lord. Maybe Lieruba will be next? We R aware of the wrongs that have been committed, let this be a message to all that Justice 4 Natalee will one day be awarded. Boycott Aruba.

    51. Susan on September 2nd, 2007 11:09 am

      At 8 a.m. EDT, the storm’s small core was located around 60 miles northeast of Aruba.

      Hurricane force winds extended out 15 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds 115 miles, meaning Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles could expect gusty conditions but should not feel the full fury of the storm.

    52. Jason on September 2nd, 2007 11:17 am


      So then I guess all the Florida and Alabama hurricanes and California fires and earthquakes are because of certain people that live there as well. Why do you think God’s wrath is upon them?

    53. Vicki on September 2nd, 2007 11:30 am

      There is evil everywhere..thats why WE dont claim to be perfect, living in freakin paradise, JASON… a happy place where nothing BAD ever happens…You just dont get it…You are now in the HURRICANE path because of what happened to Natalee. WE DONT DENY WE HAVE CRIME….BOYCOTT THIS FREAKIN PLACE ..the ppl there are MORONS….

    54. disgustedmom on September 2nd, 2007 11:46 am

      I’m a Natalee supporter, as you all know, however, I can’t go along with the idea that God destroys things.

      I know the Bible has stories, like the flood story, where it is suggested God used some disaster as a mighty eraser for His world gone different than He wanted it to. I don’t think God wears out his erasers or resets when the game gets going the wrong way IF it harms any living thing. Sometimes shit just happens!

      I do, however, believe God sends good fortune opportunities…and I emphasize ‘opportunities’ because it is up to us and our own free will to recognize the path to the Light. In line with that, I believe God never sends such ‘opportunities’ if they cause harm to another.

      It could be that if Natalee were in the ocean she may wash up with the storm. I do not, however, think that would be God’s doing that the storm came, but He may find a way to USE it to release Natalee. But if so, I hardly think He would have her wash up on any island Netherland Antilles. Look somewhere else where there is no interest in supressing a find. God ain’t stupid!

    55. disgustedmom on September 2nd, 2007 11:56 am

      Not to keep preaching, but it IS Sunday….

      God’s Wrath…is the absence of His direction toward good -if anything. But moreover, I think it’s just the bad that happens when people are not living the right way…aka Karma.

    56. Susan on September 2nd, 2007 12:07 pm

      Jason – God’s blessings are abundant here in the Heart of Dixie and throughtout the good ole Bible Belt :-)

      Hurricane Opal was a real doozie back in ’95 :-( I waited until the last minute to flee with my children to higher ground. The eye of the storm took a direct hit in the area we lived in at the time. We still felt the wrath of the storm 60 miles away and I was horrified. I’ll never forget the sounds of the wind, the rain and the sights we saw once the storm passed.

      Remember, we shall reap what we sow. The people of Aruba have not taken responsibility for what happened to Natalee. The people of Aruba have not demanded the end of this farce and held their elected/appointed officials responsible for the cover up and botched investigation into the disappearance of Natalee Ann Holloway.

      Have the Arubans felt God’s wrath yet for the injustices committed against Natalee and her family?

    57. Vicki on September 2nd, 2007 12:07 pm

      #54- I totally agree with you and I dont wish harm on innocent ppl…I just want the truth to come out..I want the bashing of a victim and her family to stop…I do NOT believe that God destroys things but maybe he will use this storm for answers..thats what I meant…

    58. Pearl on September 2nd, 2007 12:08 pm

      #10 – Gabe, what troubles you?

      Do you find Vicki’s reference to the fact that there are depraved LIES that indeed come from criminals in Aruba that concern a child who continues to be kept from her family, and ripped away from their love forever – as being too harsh?

      Or do you find it disturbing that the churning ocean waters and the troubling winds might indeed yeild to a brutally victimized little girl, isolated and alone, cut off from her loving family, ganged up upon by men with no honor, no conscience, or integrity, brutalized in ways you dare not think of nor would you dare to wish upon your family, victimized in ways you dare not imagine for your own loved ones?

      Do you find it unsettling that Vicki wonders what the tumultuous winds might reveal, what the raging waters might turn up that lies beneath the cold hearted depravity and indifference that has stained the island of Aruba by the hands of corrupt criminals and their co-conspirators?

      We will speak this little girls’ truth, for what gave you or anyone in Aruba the right to SILENCE her truth, her pain, her suffering, her voice?

      The decisions by which Aruba chooses to move forward from the depraved indifference inflicted upon Natalee and her family, will forever mark who and what your island truly has become.

      “No man can terrorize an entire nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”
      E.R. Murrow

      We will not stand by in silence to the cruelty and depravity that was allowed to be inflicted – that continues to be inflicted upon Natalee and upon her beautiful loving family.

      We will not become accomplices to the sociopathic criminals who have neither a conscience, nor any sense of empathy or compassion for the horrific suffering they have inflicted upon Natalee and upon her entire family for the rest of their lives.

      We will not become accomplices to the barbaric savagery inflicted upon one of our daughters.

      Make no mistake about WHO Natalee Holloway is: she is everyone child’s; she is everyone’s daughter, and we want her back, we want her to come home!

      Justice for Natalee Holloway!

      End the containment of the victim, Aruba!
      End the wrongful, barbaric cruel imprisonment of Natalee Holloway from her loving family!


      “No man can terrorize an entire nation unless we are all his accomplices.”
      E.R. Murrow

      “We have been on it from the beginning, and we will be on it until the end.”
      Greta Van Susteran, FoxNews

      Justice for Natalee Holloway!

    59. SSE on September 2nd, 2007 12:08 pm


      During the early morning hours the center of Hurricane Felix past close to the North of the A,B,C islands. The A,B,C, islands remained just South of the area of strong winds.

      EFFECT ON LOCAL CONDITIONS: During its passage, Hurricane Felix brought mainly heavy showers and rough seas in the A,B,C islands. Some occasional gusty winds where locally experienced.
      Owners of small craft and coastal facilities are advised to keep the properties safely secured until Felix has moved completely out of the

      During Sunday afternoon the Tropical Storm Warning and the Hurricane Watch for the islands of Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba will be discontinued as Felix continues to move away out of the area.

      The Small Craft Warning remains in effect for Bonaire, Curaçao and Aruba and surrounding waters, until the seas subside .

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    61. Richard on September 2nd, 2007 2:06 pm

      Would anyone expect Gabriel Leo to do anything else BUT bluff and bluster?

      Vicki is doing one hell of a terrific job in keeping people advised of where Aruba Tourism Authority is going to put its hoofprints next.

      And by keeping people informed, she’s also helping sustain the spirit that has motivated many of us from day one … to take the bundle of lies that Aruba has put up and shove it right down their throats.

      Watch Aruba whine and wail to the Americans, the Dutch and to everyone else: “WE NEED AID.”

      Let’s hope that for once, our government will remember how the Holloway Twitty family have been treated since day one.

      And kick Aruba down to where it belongs.

    62. Richard on September 2nd, 2007 2:07 pm

      In an earlier post, I pointed out that fire has traditionally been seen as purifying.

      So has water.

    63. SSE on September 2nd, 2007 2:59 pm

      Spoke to family memebers in Aruba. All is well. Flooding in some areas, but it’s the same low lying areas that get flooded when Aruba gets rains.
      This was a little scary since they are not used to this. My dad is almost 75 years old and has never experienced a direct hit on the island.

      Thank you God for watching over the inocent people of this island that don’t deserve the ignorance that has been spewed here on this blog.


    64. SSE on September 2nd, 2007 3:01 pm

      By the way Vicki for your information the Aruban people held an island wide fleamarket at one of the hotels to raise money for Katrina victems. What did you do?

    65. yoyo muffintop on September 2nd, 2007 3:45 pm

      #40 Vicki – “God dont like ugly and hes waited long enough for you filthy animals to give Natalee back.” Everyone living on Aruba is a filthy animal?
      #53 Vicki – “You are now in the HURRICANE path because of what happened to Natalee.”
      #57 Vicki – “#54- I totally agree with you and I dont wish harm on innocent ppl”

      How can you possibly agree with #54 after what you have post in this thread, as well as previous ones. What a joke.

      Hey Vicki, which natural disaster was brought upon the US because the US sent only 1 FBI agent to Aruba that could speak Dutch or Pap?
      I guess it doesn’t really matter since quite a few here believe the FBI knows what happened but are cruely hiding it from the family for political reasons. When’s God’s wrath going to hit the US for that? Hope it doesn’t smack your city.

    66. Jason on September 2nd, 2007 4:05 pm

      Looks like the Good Lord wrapped His Loving Arms around Aruba and spared them from the brunt of the storm.

    67. Maggie on September 2nd, 2007 4:16 pm

      How do you know only 1 dutch or pap speaking FBI went to Aruba? Why if everyone speaks English, would you speak to each other in another foreign language, with another person present, who don’t speak it? My guess is the people conducting the investigation makes a request for what they need. This would mean the ALE would request what they need.. I also remember reading the FBI became frustrated and came home. FBI Divers weren’t allowed in the water.. ALE were supposed to be in charge of the investigation and they were the ones in charge of saying who, what, when, where.

      On 6-3 the “AP” reported, “Authorities on the island of Aruba say they don’t need any more help from the F.B.I. than it’s already providing in the search for a missing 18-year-old Alabama girl.”

      12 F.B.I. agents originally went to ARUBA about 6-3 at the request of DUTCH officials (2 of them were diver-qualified). Search dogs were obtained by the UNITED STATES F.B.I. from the Miami Metro-Dade police Department to assist in the search. ARUBA granted the UNITED STATES F.B.I. agents an observatory role only, and both the UNITED STATES F.B.I. and ARUBAN authorities have repeatedly said the UNITED STATES F.B.I. does not have jurisdiction to direct the searches or investigation. The UNITED STATES F.B.I. Agents assisting the ARUBAN investigators were allowed to observe, but not participate in the actual interviews and interrogations.

      JEFF SESSIONS, an AMERICAN and UNITED STATES Senator from Alabama. Republican, went over the head of ARUBA’s prosecutor the first week NATALEE was missing, speaking first with officials at the Embassy of the NETHERLANDS and then ARUBA’s prime minister, to urge that the UNITED STATES F.B.I. be involved in investigating the disappearance of NATALEE. “We had nice conversations. They were positive about welcoming assistance,” said Sessions on 6-6. Sessions said his office was contacted by a friend of the family of BETH HOLLOWAY Twitty last week after ARUBA prosecutors initially declined technical assistance from the UNITED STATES F.B.I.. Sessions said he spoke last week with the chief deputy at the embassy of NETHERLANDS and the minister responsible for ARUBA. Then Prime Minister Nelson ODUBER called Sessions Saturday to assure him ARUBA welcomed any assistance and that all he was trying to do was find HOLLOWAY.

      “You know, Joran van der Sloot and Deepak and Satish Kalpoe were not denying. They were not denying a crime. They were implicating each other. They were fingering each other over and over again. And that was the day that the FBI came in, Doug Shipley came in, and said that the way the interrogations are unfolding, there‘s a strong possibility that Natalee may not be alive. That was huge. That was the day that—I think, Joe, everyone buried Natalee that day, on June 10.

      On 7-12 PAUL REYNOLDS told “MSNBC,” “I know that my sister had a meeting with the FBI June 10, Friday. And from that meeting, she became convinced that Natalee was no longer alive. She called her mother and told her that. And our family was—was—began the grieving process. You know, we were told the report would come out the next day. Later that night, we saw the reports that confessions had been made, that something bad had happened. Shortly thereafter, it was retracted. The next morning, there was a report that said Natalee was confirmed dead. And these reports came from the deputy commissioner. They came from the spokesperson from the Ministry of Justice. And then, all of a sudden, these statements and these confessions just disappeared.”On 6-9 RENFRO (the transplanted AMERICAN who has lived in ARUBA for 16+ years and has business interests there) told “FoxNews,” “The police told us that they have solid evidence against two of the men. The other three were considered as witnesses against those two men.” Renfro has befriended Natalee Holloway’s mother, and reported, “She’s doing amazingly well – she’s got a lot of hope and feels 100 percent sure that her daughter is alive and will be found, and that the police are using tactics to get Natalee back.”(BIG LIES)

      By 6-10 only 5 F.B.I. agents remained in ARUBA observing the investigation, said Judy Orihuela. The weekend of 6-10 two UNITED STATES F.B.I. divers traveled to ARUBA over the weekend and returned to the UNITED STATES early the next week. “They were asked to do some site survey,” UNITED STATES F.B.I. spokesperson Orihuela said. “They never got in the water.”

      ORANJESTAD, Aruba, June 11 (UPI) — Police in Aruba say one of three suspects arrested in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager has confessed to killing her.

      Brothers Satish Kalpoe, 18, and Depak Kalpoe, 21, and their friend, 17-year-old Joran Van Der Sloot, were arrested, but police did not indicate which of them confessed to killing Natalee Holloway.

      The 18-year-old vanished May 29 after leaving an Oranjestad nightclub. Police said Van Der Sloot first met Holloway the day she disappeared at the casino in the Holiday Inn where she was staying with about 40 classmates who were celebrating high school graduation.

      On 6-22 a source close to the investigation told “FoxNews” that the F.B.I. only helped with the 6-15 exterior search of the Dutch teen’s home but did not go inside the structure.

    68. Anise on September 2nd, 2007 4:18 pm

      # 56
      Are all the people who live in cities here in the USA where there are missing people, unsolved mysteries, murders etc. responsible for what happened? I can’t believe you are blaming the whole island. Shame on you.

    69. Maggie on September 2nd, 2007 6:16 pm

      Nope Anise..but where in the USA is an Aruban citizen missing and the police do a wink wink and handshake under the table by doing no searches for 10 days and 2 years on a home search ..knowing the suspects are lying right from the start? Why does an innocent person need false alibis and meetings with other suspects to get their stories straight? Why would you say things like Natalee put her hands down my pants just to throw off an investigation before it was even known Natalee was missing? Why would Deepak say Natalee was drunk and Joran says she wasn’t? Why would Paulus say Joran sneaked out the second night again without him knowing it after he told in a police statement, he gave Joran permission to go out? What 2 times did Paulus meet Natalee? Why does Deepak say they went to the lighthouse and Joran after reading police statements now says they did’nt? Why does Joran’s lawyer Joe T have Joran on the computer that night before Joran even says he got home? Why does Deepak and Satish say Joran walked home and Joran said Deepak then Satish picked him up? Police statments tell him Deepak was on the pc so he had to use Deepak because he had no story except he was sleeping? Why would Joran say he told Deepak to go look for his shoes, then Satish, then say he went to look for his shoes, but didn’t bother looking to see if Natalee was still there or not? Why did Joran say Deepak raped and buried Natalee? Why did Joran say he and Natalee went in the water and Natalee fell asleep and he couldn’t wake her? Why did cops go ahead and arrest 2 security guards for kidnapping and murder of Natalee after watching a video tape of Natalee not returning to Holiday Inn that night? Why did they announce one of them confessed and was going to her body? Why did Straten say he believes Natalee is dead, he saw the evidence, when the 2 guards were being set up? Why did Dompig say these boys are guilty as hell? What about the lies from the suspects families? What about friends investigating family and friends? I can’t imagine that going on in my town and me not vocalizing my opinion outloud to others and sitting back and accepting that as normal. I’ve seen very few even question any of it.. They would rather adopt a mantra Natalee died from alcohol poisoning and fell in the water and washed away.. Get over it, move on.. Even when it was shown by demonstratons any body who fell in the water less than 2 miles out would wash back to shore. I guess that was the new story after the alien’s from Mars abducted her, didn’t fly.

    70. yoyo mufintop on September 2nd, 2007 6:25 pm

      Maggie – the only one was the attache from Curacao.
      and btw Maggie – Beth Twitty got a call from Natalee in early October 2005 and Dr Phil had credible evidence she was alive in Nov 2005. Does that not contradict the assumption that PJ2K killed Natalee that morning?

    71. dave on September 2nd, 2007 6:55 pm

      another ignorant comment from the idiot TROLL yoyo

    72. JusticeforNatalee on September 2nd, 2007 7:21 pm


      Seems that the Dutch police have good reason to believe that
      JORAN KILLED NATALEE as they are investigating a HOMICIDE
      with JORAN as the PRIME SUSPECT.

      Also, KLPD must have substantial info on Joran as they were given permission by the courts to DIG UP HIS YARD.


    73. disgustedmom on September 2nd, 2007 9:54 pm

      #57, Vicki….#54- I totally agree with you and I dont wish harm on innocent ppl…I just want the truth to come out..I want the bashing of a victim and her family to stop…I do NOT believe that God destroys things but maybe he will use this storm for answers..thats what I meant…”

      I know, Vicki…your heart is definitely in the right place! My post was not aimed at you. When I was busy writing my rant your post was not even up yet that I could see it. I have dial up and besides the fact that my posts take a long time to get back to a refreshed page, while I was writing I took a break or two to get coffee and go potty :) and let the cat out. It took me a long time to get around to posting and even though the times of the posts may appear to yoyo that I had read yours before writing mine, that is not so. Often times when I pull up the page and begin to write by the time mine actually posts several new posts have been posted that I see only when the page is refreshed with my post.

      Yoyo, bite it! And go have a beer!

    74. disgustedmom on September 2nd, 2007 10:06 pm

      #68…most of the time in the USA when the cops or prosecutors don’t serve justice as they should in obvious malfeasance the ordinary people are outraged! And the bad authorities are taken to task and often jailed. And you know why it is important that ordinary people make sure those in charge of justice do their job right? Because they know they would want justice if they were accused of something or if they were a victim of a crime. People want to know those who can wield a sword against them or for them will do so honestly and fairly.

      So tell me again why the ordinary people of Aruba don’t outrage and demand the Natalee case be handled without bias….because from what I see they don’t because they know how corrupt their leaders and the cops are and are afraid they will be caught up in angry retribution that they then can’t get real justice for because of the Catch 22 of corruption.

    75. disgustedmom on September 2nd, 2007 10:10 pm

      #66…aw Jason, why’d you go and say that for? The season is still young.

    76. Pearl on September 2nd, 2007 11:26 pm

      Yoyo, 70 -

      Joran, Deepak and Satish all claimed that they “dropped Natalee off at the Holiday Inn hotel” where she was “approached by a dark skinned guard”.

      Does that not constitute an obstruction of justice and lying as “witnesses”?
      (Witnesses to their own criminal acts that one another committed upon Natalee…)

      Would hiding a little girl’s victimized, beaten, raped, and murdered body -and “containing” Natalee’s battered body from her grieving family, constitute human rights violations, yoyo?

      Would lying about your knowledge of a missing child, not suggest SERIOUS CAUSE FOR SUSPICION that would warrent you be arrested, particularly when your lies can be confirmed through evidence that conveniently was ignored by polis officials, while lie-leads were eagerly used to arrest two innocent black men? Would such conduct by polis not suggest – perhaps, collusion to obstruct justice and intent to cover up criminal acts inflicted upon a tourist?

      Here’s one for you yoyo: why would so many individuals involved with AHATA want to slander Natalee’s honorable character and good name?
      Why would individuals involved in the tourism industry go out of their way to cast Beth Twitty and her husband – two mercilessly tormented parents, traumatized by their beloved child being taken from them – why would individuals involved in Aruba’s tourism industry and Aruban businesses go out of their way to undermine two brutally suffering parents who only wanted their baby back?


      Can you help us figure that out?
      Do you have any theories on why individuals involved in the TOURISM INDUSTRY would conduct themselves in such a barbaric, cruel and DECEPTIVE manner?

      What was being protected, Yoyo?
      Can you help us understand WHAT was being protected?

      Don’t you feel anything for this poor family?

      Yoyo, is seizing a brutally battered victimized child’s body, from her family, and wrapping it in plastic and duct tape your idea of a “burial” as Dompig suggested it was when he came to the USA to slander Natalee’s good name?

      And if that isn’t a “burial” – which, I doubt you could argue that it is – then WHAT shall we call that?

      What shall we call the STEALING of BRUTALLY MURDERED CHILD’S BODY, where among other things, the child is dumped from one hole in the ground to the next – “several times” according to Dompig.

      Is that a “Burial”, yoyo?

      You tell us. IS THAT A BURIAL?

      Who with any sense of conscience or integrity could participate in such horrific savagery, yoyo?

      Maybe the kind of people who claim they “don’t want to talk about it” anymore, but whose LIES tell us plenty about WHAT THEY DID TO THIS POOR CHILD.

      Do the right thing, Aruba.
      Do the right thing, AHATA.

      Tell the hacks who participated in brutalizing this poor family to stop the brutality.

      Tell the polis to do their job, Aruba.

      Peace and comfort, human compassion and empathy for her suffering, victimized family.

      We want this child brought home to her family.


    77. Anise on September 3rd, 2007 12:04 pm

      #68 amd #74
      I can see how outraged you guys are about the whole OJ Simpson case. Are you complaining about your justice system? How about the Jean Bennet case how outraged are you? Were mistakes made there too?
      How about the thousand of so missing cases (especially African American women) that no one seem to care about? How outraged are you, what are you doing about it.

    78. Pearl on September 3rd, 2007 1:34 pm

      77 – You seem to be invested in your tactis of DISTRACTION.

      But do tell us: Amidst the savage barbaric cruelty that Nicole Browne and Ron G. suffered, amidst the savagery inflicted on little Jean Benet, do their grieving suffering families finally have a place to lay to rest their loved ones?



      Who unilaterally decided this child’s human rights would be violated, that she would be imprisoned on foreign soil indefinitely -and denied her God-given right to LIBERTY and FREEDOM, to FOREVER be CONTAINED at the hands of Paulus Van der Sloot, that her parents would be forever denied an HONEST and THOROUGH investigation into the brutal criminal acts inflicted upon their baby ( which can hardly begin to be compared through your DISTRATION METHODS as characterizations of “mistakes” made in other MURDER cases)…


      You apparantly are content in becoming an “accomplice” to the disgraceful conduct of corruption and indifference as savagely demonstrated by Aruban officials whose JOB IT WAS to DEFEND and PROTECT THIS CHILD AND RETURN HER TO HER FAMILY.

      Your distraction will have NO POWER HERE!

      The power by which these good monkeys are driven, is the power of a little defenless child’s TRUTH.

      The power by which these good monkeys are driven, is the power of an innocent brutally victimized child’s VOICE – BEGGING TO BE SET FREE, BEGGING TO GO HOME, BEGGING TO BE REUNITED WITH HER LOVING MOTHER AND FATHER, HER BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

      Set Natalee Holloway free, Aruba!


      Children deserve a resting place.

      What is the problem?


    79. Anise on September 4th, 2007 1:16 am

      I am not distracting I was simply replying to a blog where disgusted mom was implying that all cases here are solved or that if not solved people would protest or not reelect certain individuals. Was just reminding her (and you too)that there are tons of unsolved cases here where the bodies are never found.

    80. Pearl on September 4th, 2007 10:52 am

      “I am not distracting.”
      “I am not distracting.”
      “I am not distracting.”

      “I only lied twice.”
      Joran Van der Sloot.

      Your distraction will have NO POWER HERE!

      The power by which these good monkeys are driven, is the power of a little defenseless child’s TRUTH.

      The power by which these good monkeys are driven, is by the power of an innocent brutally victimized child’s VOICE – BEGGING TO BE SET FREE, BEGGING TO GO HOME, BEGGING TO BE REUNITED WITH HER LOVING MOTHER AND FATHER, HER BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND ALL HER FRIENDS.

      What is the problem?



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