Barbados has once again been spared the debilitating effect of yet another major weather system.
However, some boat owners in Bridgetown were quite upset today that with the passage of Hurricane Maria, there was really no safe harbour for them to protect their vessels, which were at risk of being severely damaged.
Instead of the usual calm, the waters of the wharf were extremely choppy, with boats owners seen watching on helplessly as their vessels were violently tossed to and fro by the rough currents, at times banging dangerously against other boats.
Some of them complained that they were unable to get their boats docked at Port St Charles because of lack of space in the northern marina. Therefore, all they could do was hope for the best amid the rising tide which was associated with Hurricane Maria’s passage just north of the island today.
“Right now things are getting very bad. Our boats are definitely at risk,” one of the affected boat operators Matthew Forde told Barbados TODAY.
“When we got here this morning, a boat was banging against another, but thanks to the other boat owners who jumped in, it quickly got saved,” Forde added.
With the storm waters raging, he said “all we can do now is standby and watch, because there is no point trying to move them from here. That won’t make any sense. It is going to be very difficult,” he said.
Another operator, who requested anonymity, was visibly upset about the damage done to his boat. He complained to Barbados TODAY that other operators had not heeded the official warnings, while suggesting that this was the reason his vessel was damaged.
Late this afternoon, authorities were forced to close off Wharf Road as the violent sea swells spilled over into the street causing flooding and making the road impassable for motorists and pedestrians. A similar situation occurred during the passage of Hurricane Irma nearly two weeks ago.