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5 useful apps and sites in TCI
It’s Thursday lunchtime and your eyes are firmly set on the weekend. In one hour, you’d like to establish a social plan of attack for the weekend and get those errands done and dusted. What will the weather be like? What events are going on? Where and what should I eat? Alas, with a few handy tipoffs on some websites and apps to use, your daily agenda can be sussed in no time.
Phone technology, in all its influential uses in day-to-day life, bringing us closer together with nature isn’t usually one of them. Often criticized for disconnecting us from reality but prompting us to log back in so we can ‘stay connected’, its benefits are at times the cure and the cause. But with a few forecasting and weather apps shedding light on the sky’s state of play, being glued to our phones doesn’t always have to be bad thing.
App store or www.windyty.com
A detailed wind map and weather forecast built for sailors, boat owners, kiters, surfers and beachgoers, AKA Islanders. Windy presents informative visual overlays and precise forecasting.
App Store or www.wunderground.com
Reliable and localised weather forecasts are sourced from an extensive data bank of meteorologists and climatologists. Accurate forecasting has secured Wunderground as a favourite among locals.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTRE
When it rains here it pours, and with tropical storms being the flavour of the month for the next two months, NHC is a good source of up-to-date information so you can be in the know with storm locations and strengths as they come in from the east over the Atlantic.
App Store or www.mobile.islehelp.net/index
Activity bookings, event tickets, restaurant reservations, book in one nicely packaged app, with one card, in advance. Also find information on local businesses, real estate and school and sport associations.
PAY THOSE BILLS
DIGICEL/FLOW/LIME Manage your account and pay your Internet bills without having to wait on their app or website. Register your account and you’re all set.
SHOPPING & TAKEOUT DELIVERY
One word is music to an islander’s ears like no other: delivery. From shopping online to a restaurant takeout, delivery isn’t generally a luxury the island has become acquainted with in the past. But with a few ingenious websites, this delivery market has rapidly transformed, meaning stocking up and ordering in has never been so easy.
The official way to shop on Caribbean islands. Acting as the delivery guy between online U.S merchants (Amazon a prime example) and your island, the only difference is you have to pay duty (see their website for full fees) and instead of delivery to your door, it goes to the Air & Sea Agency on Leeward Highway. Average time from initial purchase to arrival, is around two weeks and boats from Florida leave every Wednesday, so be sure to get your weekly order in before then.
Popular for the food delivery (from any island restaurant), they also offer grocery shopping and laundry pick-up among other services. This is a good option for those looking for a one-stop shop to cater to all needs a to-do list allows but time doesn’t. Place an order through their website and order with one click of a button.