Hurricane Dean Watch Roatan, Bay Island, Honduras

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Coxen Hole, Roatan, Honduras, August 22, 2007 --( Gasoline supply is running short as people "fill up" to weather Hurricane Dean on Roatan Island. Removable Docks and Pier boards are being taken up in sections to maintain damage control. Waterfront homes are securing outside objects and boarding windows. Is this overkill? Nobody thinks so. Hurricane Dean is projecting hurricane strength winds up to 75 miles from its center. The expanse of the total storm is up to 200 miles from the center. The storm has recently shifted to the South West, placing Roatan in the outer skirts of the hurricane. Heavy rains, surf, and wind are expected. After Hurricane Wilma 2 years ago, with its intense coastal damage, no one here is taking any chances.

Better to be prepared than to take risks on costly pier and home repairs. People seem calm but alert. Grocery shopping is at an all time high and batteries are already gone as flashlights are loaded for the only sure prediction - no electricity. Communications may be down for awhile due to lack of electricity and satellite signals, so be patient as folks wait to report to "the outside world."

Bob MIllsaps