November 4, 2010
Greetings from rainy Fond-des-Negres! It’s been a gray, dreary, soggy dayin advance of Hurricane Tomas. They are predicting it to pass right over us on the southern peninsula. We were early getting ready for school this morning only to find out that school has been cancelled for today and tomorrow. I kept Matthew busy with a couple of his educational software programs. Felix had a meeting in PAP to receive some donated medications so he headed out around 6:30 am. One of our vehicles developed problems last night (we think it was the clutch) so Felix and the two drivers towed it all the way to PAP this morning. He’s hoping (and me too) to come back tonight before they say we should get the heavy rain. I just watched the update online (TWC) and they are saying it might be pulled far enough west so that the bulk of the rain will miss PAP. That would be a wonderful miracle!
November 5, 2010
We passed the night with all our windows closed except the one by my side of the bed so I could hear what was going on as Hurricane Tomas passed. Lots of rain, some gusty wind. It slowed down towards morning and has been raining on and off all day today. It seems that God has steered Tomas far enough away from the main part of Haiti to spare us the devastation that we could have had. Bob (my brother living in PAP) reports that there was very little damage to the tent city that The Salvation Army manages at Delmas 2, that the drainage system that was installed worked well to carry the water away and that he, Rae and Bob Poff are collecting information from throughout the country to determine what kind of response will be needed.
Early reports from our areas in the south (Aquin, St. Louis du Sud, Vieux Boug, Marsseillan, Fond-des-Negres) confirm heavy rains and high winds resulting in downed trees, damaged crops and some flooding especially in Vieux Boug. We heard on the news of flooding in Leogone, which is about 50 miles to the east of us, towards PAP. As the storm has not completely passed at this time (10 am Friday) we remain vigilant and keeping in contact with one another.