By 6pm last night all of Maho Bay Camps was once again shut down and prepared for Tropical Storm Rafael, which was to move over us in the later afternoon and through the night. Watching the sunset like it did last night was never what we would have expected after the 11am NHC update. We were expecting very heavy rains and 40mph winds by 6pm, and instead get a beautiful evening with barely a breath of wind in the air and no rain.
The 5pm, 8pm and 11pm NHC updates told us a story we very much enjoyed reading about: the storm was headed more North and even North NorthEast, with the center passing about 100 miles to our East instead of directly over us or to our West. Most of the "bad stuff" in the storm was the rain and wind located in the southeastern portion of the storm. Through the night the winds were calm and very little rain developed. This morning we're seeing bits of rain and cloudy skies, but we'll take it compared to what was supposed to be here!