Ron's flight was finally cancelled late Monday morning and he made his way home by train. It was scheduled to stop at Swanwick but in an effort to make up the lost time caused by leaving Gatwick 5 minutes late, the driver announced while at the station before, that the train wasn't going to stop at Swanwick! It goes without saying that Ron is taking great pleasure in writing a very "nice" snotogram to Southern rail. The train he was on terminated at Southampton Central and then immediately set off again back towards Swanwick.......only 45 minutes later than scheduled!!
The news from St Lucia isn't good. There are reports of 14 fatalities, mud slides, roads and bridges washed away.......it appears that Soufriere in the west is cut off, getting into the capital, Castries, is not easy and communications from the south where the airport is to the north where the tourist resorts are are pretty much non existant.
Thankfully, Zahara has escaped unscathed thanks to the staff at the marina putting their hurricane plan into effect as well as the preparations Ron made before flying back to the UK.
Ron now intends to return to St Lucia on 14th November, always assuming the airport has fully reopened.......!