Tropical Storm Gabrielle Takes Aim at North Carolina Shore

Tropical storm Gabrielle, with winds near 50 mph, takes aim at the NC shore. Gabrielle will pass over the North Carolina Outer Banks and hit land fall Sunday.



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Posted September 9, 2007 by
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Missing Man Gregory van der Biezen Drown in Aruba; However His Body was Found

A 35 year old man, Gregory van der Biezen, went missing in Aruba after he went body Aruba_map_Boca Grandiboarding with his son near Boca Grandi after hurricane Felix passed over the island. After initial search efforts failed, authorities resumed the next day and the police found the body of the man in the water.  Boca Grandi is located near the island’s eastern tip.

The unfortunate drowning of this man does once again bring up an obvious point that seems to be lost or conveniently avoided by so many when discussing the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. If one simply just drowned in the ocean, they would have been found. She would have either washed ashore or would have been found in the water. Gregory van der Biezen’s body was found even with the rough seas and undercurrents following Hurricane Felix. Why would the rules of nature be so different for an American teenage tourist as opposed to a 35 year old Dutch nurse in Aruba if as so many have claimed Natalee simply drowned? The fact of the matter is, this is what would have occured if someone had simply just drown.

Amigoe, Sept. 4, 2007: Missing man drowned: Rescue workers searching for the missing Gregory van der Biezenoccurred.

ORANJESTAD – The 35-year old man that was missing since Sunday after he went body boarding with his son near Boca Grandi has drowned.  The body of Gregory van der Biezen was found on the beach near Grapefield yesterday morning.

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Hurricane Felix Takes Aim at Aruba … One Happy Island Supposedly Out of the Hurricane Belt, Not Any More

Hurricane Felix is gathering strength in the Caribbean. Hurricane Felix has become a category two hurricane and is taking direct aim at Aruba. Aruba, the Caribbean island that is touted as being out of the hurricane belt can no longer state that claim.


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

UPDATE I: From the Aruban Forums

  • Reports of floods are coming in from the village of Catashi and Seroe Patrishi.
  • Haystack Hill and Aruba’s tallest hill Arikok are not visible from a distance.
  • Unconfirmed reports of downed palm trees at westpunt near Malmok.
  • A few downed kwihi and divi trees reported on streets.
  • Visibility poor riding on Sasaki highway near Palm Beach/Eagle Beach.
  • Surf is battering Tamarijn hotel entering ground level hotel rooms, according to radio report.
  • Power outage reported in Palm Beach, Tarabana and Alto Vista.
    Some hotels may have generators.
  • Very strong wind gusts all over the island.
  • Bubali sanctuary spilling over, too much water.

UPDATE II: Hurricane Felix now a category 3

UPDATE III: VIDEO, Flooding in Aruba

UPDATE IV: Felix Becomes Category 5 Hurricane

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Felix rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 hurricane and churned through the Caribbean Sea on a path toward Central America, where forecasters said it could make landfall as a “potentially catastrophic” storm.

On Sunday, Felix toppled trees and flooded some homes on the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire in the southern Caribbean. Heavy rains and winds caused scattered power outages and forced thousands of tourists to take refuge in hotels, but residents expressed relief it did far less damage than feared as the storm’s outer bands grazed the tiny islands.

UPDATE V: Category 5 Hurricane Felix slams ashore at Nicaragua-Honduras border

Posted September 2, 2007 by
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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.


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Posted September 1, 2007 by
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Category 4 Hurricane Dean Takes Aim on Jamaica … Could Soon be Category 5

Hurricane Dean has already cause death and damage in its path in the Caribbean. Hurricane Dean, now a category 4, takes aim at Jamaica. Dean has already killed at least 3 people and now Hurricane Dean bears down on Jamaica. It is being predicted that when Hurricane Dean hits Jamaica it could be a category 5 with winds greater than 155 mph.


Dean was forecast to thrash Jamaica with 160 mph winds, or Category 5 intensity, up to 20 inches of rain, storm surge and large battering waves, with the onslaught beginning Sunday morning. The system, with hurricane-force winds extending 70 miles from its core, was to be directly over the small island nation by Sunday afternoon.

Also facing peril: the Cayman Islands, which are about 200 miles northwest of Jamaica and in Dean’s path. The storm was expected to rumble over those resort islands on Monday while retaining its brute force. (Sun Sentinel)

Dean, a Category 4 hurricane, ravaged Caribbean islands on Saturday and was expected to roll across the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday. The Texas coast was a possible target, and some South Texas areas began taking precautions Saturday. (Washington Post)

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Posted August 18, 2007 by
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Hurricane Dean Becomes First in the Atlantic, Heading toward the Caribbean

Look out Caribbean, the first hurricane of the season in the Atlantic is heading your way. 

The first hurricane has formed in the Atlantic this season. Hurricane Dean is headed toward the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

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Tracking Hurricane Dean

Hurricane warnings were issued for the islands of Dominica and St. Lucia by their local governments. Hurricane watches were in effect for the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe and its dependencies, Saba and St. Eustaties.

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Posted August 16, 2007 by
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Hurricane Ernesto bears down on the Gulf of Mexico

The first hurricane of the season has arrived. Hurricane Ernesto heads toward the Gulf of Ernesto trackMexico.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Ernesto became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season Sunday with winds of 75 mph, and forecasters said it would strengthen as it headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it could menace a wide swath of coastline including New Orleans.

Tropical Storm Ernesto Strengthens Over Caribbean


Posted August 27, 2006 by
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Gerold Dompig To Solve Overtime Issue in Aruba; Isn’t that Priceless

Gerold Dompig to the Rescue

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Gerold Dompig has been absent for some time. He’s baaack … Out of the wood work he comes with this classic comment … 

“on the issue of overtime, Too much is expected from the Police force”.

“If organizers of events albeit local or international, that wish to have police presence at their event(s) in the future must pay for that presence.”

The question that I would put forth to Commissioner Dompig is what could possibly have the Aruban police so busy that they could not provide security to tourism events in Aruba? I thought there was no crime?

How can there be such an overtime issue on Caribbean island with supposedly no crime? Seeing that tourism makes up 70 – 75% of your economy, it would almost make it mandatory that you would in fact be present at public functions where tourists would congregate.

The Aruban government makes money off the tax revenues of the venues formed by the Aruban Tourism Authority. Of which one would think that those taxes dollars would go to paying for the police. What a dangerous game they are playing on Aruba is sacrificing police safety of the public and the tourists. It is hard to imagine that these people do not understand they are one crime away from being perpetrated on another tourist from having tourism discontinued all together for many years to come.

The safety issue in the Caribbean is on everyone’s mind and Aruba wants to make paying police or else striking an issue. Not the game of chicken one should be playing these days.

However, I am sure Gerold Dompig will get to the bottom of the great Overtime mystery, just as he did such a stellar job with the Natalee Holloway case.



What did the Aruba Park Ranger pick up at Boca Tortuga area? Fabric that matched Natalee’s Top?

What ever happened to this material? Why didn’t the media camera man take a close up of what so closely resembled the green fabric of Natalee’s top? One would have thought that they would have zoomed right in to see what had been collected.

On Sunday, July 17, 2005 the park rangers found the duct tape with long blonde hair in the Boca Tortuga area of Aruba. A park ranger being video’d walking around picks up a piece of fabric that matches Natalee’s top.

The question still remains today, what ever happened to this evidence that was collected? We also need to remember that this material that was found washed ashore following the hurricanes that took place last summer. It is highly possibly that the material washed ashore from another location on the island or from out at sea.

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(Close up of Natalee’s top)

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Aruban Park Ranger collecting evidence at Boca Tortuga area

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Close up of the material/fabric that the Aruban Park Ranger found in the Boca Tortuga area

 (Boca Tortuga is NW of Boca Prins)

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Video of Interview discussing Ranger and his findings

(Approx 2:30 minute mark is when the ranger picks up the fabric)

More pictures of the fabric and fishnet from Scared forum

In true to keeping how this case has been handled, the family of Natalee Holloway was told what the ranger found was fish-net.

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Fish net

Did the above fabric found really look like fish-net?

Or did it look like these pictures of fish-net that were taken by Bonsai that washed up near the beach area.

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(Boca Prins – SE side of island)

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(Boca Prins – SE side of island)

In all, just more unanswered questions from Aruba and the Natalee Holloway Investigation.

Aruba evidense

  • Bonsai picture of fishnet was found at Boca Prins, which is on the SE side of the island.
  • The fabric and duct tape was found NW of there at Boca Tortuga. (Natural pool area)
  • Pitbull in Quadirikiri cave area

Hat Tip: Klaasend & Bonsai

Sad Editorial from Mississippi Gulf Coast

Reading this editorial from Randy Ponder, Publisher of the Sea Coast Echo, reminds us of the magnitude of the destruction that occurred on the Gulf Coast from Katrina. We all tend to live in the moment of such tragedies and then go on, but this will linger for a long time in this region.

 Many people are leaving and not coming back to Hancock County in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Ground zero is not a pretty picture. Almost total destruction along the highly desirable beach front of Bay St. Louis, Waveland, etc. No homes, no businesses, just mounds of debris. Homes, which were in many cases, occupied by generations of the same family, lay in ruins. The 30 foot or higher storm surge extended miles inland, wrecking property all the way to Diamondhead and the Kiln. Pearlington, Clermont Harbor, Lakeshore, just about everywhere, all was washed away. The dreams and life-long work and determination of getting things “just right” wiped out in a few hours by the awesome power of Mother Nature. People’s lives and possessions, simply gone.

Many will rebuild, others will not. Many are young and have the time and energy to endue years of struggles to hopefully someday achieve some semblance of normalcy. Others are not as young and perhaps do not have the luxury of time.

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