Economic and social activity in St. Kitts and Nevis returned to a state of normalcy a few days after the passage of Hurricane Earl on Monday, August 30. The Category 2 storm passed approximately 73 miles north of St. Kitts-Nevis between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m., however associated weather conditions were experienced from about 5:00 p.m. Sunday and continued until the late hours of Monday. The Meteorological Office at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport recorded wind gusts of 45 mph and 3.82 inches of rainfall between 8:00 p.m. Sunday and 2:00 p.m. Monday. Carl Herbert, National Disaster Coordinator at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said he felt the minimal impact on property was largely due to preparedness efforts of citizens. “People heeded the storm warnings and advice given about prepared for Hurricane Earl, and it showed. Before the storm people could be seen putting sand bags on roofs, putting up shutters By windows and glass doors, cutting away trees and securing their vehicles,” he told The Observer . Herbert said there were reports of minor structural damage including damaged roofs, blown down fences and signage, and downed trees. The only major loss of property reported, he relayed, was a T-111 home in Keys that was blown into the ghaut below. It had housed a mother and her four kids, sources indicated to this media house. There were no reported injuries during that incident. The southern wall of the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, already adversely impacted from previous weather systems, is leaning into the adjacent Lozack Road. The road remains closed to vehicular traffic and large stilts support the wall preventing its collapse. Clean-up crews from the Public Works Department were dispatched to various areas around St. Kitts removing debris from roadways. The Bay Road, in the vicinity of the Public Market and Lower McKnight, remained closed to traffic during the rains on Monday. Piles of sand and other debris were piled up along that section of the island’s main road. Workers finished clearing the area late Tuesday. There were reports of electricity, water, cable, Internet, and phone service outages and disruptions during and following the storm. Some residents in the Cayon and New Road areas reported being without power for more than 24 hour after its passage. According to a source at the Needsmust Power Station, power was restored to all affected areas By Wednesday, and some as early as Monday evening, after technicians from the Electricity Department repaired downed lines and poles in high winds and heavy rain. On Wednesday afternoon as the islands braced for a second storm, Tropical Storm Fiona passed about 100 miles from the Federation. The only evidence of its passage were gray skies and rough seas. The RLB International, which closed around 2:00 p.m. Sunday, was reopened to air traffic early Tuesday morning. Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas addressed the nation on Tuesday and said citizens should be thankful for being spared any potential wrath of the storm, especially since Hurricane Earl increased intensity shortly after it passed the twin islands. “We were very fortunate to have been spared the Category Four storm that Earl so quickly became one day after bringing mainly rain, high winds, and rough seas to St. Kitts and Nevis. Throughout the course of yesterday and today Kittitians and Nevisians proved to be their brother’s keeper By remaining alert to their surroundings and quickly alerting others to any change anywhere that had been caused By Earl; calling in downed lines, fallen trees, obstructed paths, running ghauts, and persons in need of assistance. I thank you,” he said. PM Douglas also commended the efforts of the Police Force, Defense Force, and Fire and Rescue Service for “combing towns and villages in the dark and in heavy rains and blowing hurricane winds”. He also had high praise for workers from the Electricity Department who ventured out into bad weather conditions to restore power. Herbert, meanwhile, is reminding the populace to remain vigilant with regard to the weather. He said the region’s peak for activity during hurricane season is August to September. The National Disaster Coordinator’s unit was instrumental in relating information via local media before, during and after the hurricane’s passage, providing safety tips and identifying storm shelters and emergency contact numbers.