Good morning from Pierre Payen!
We know anyone that’s interested in Haiti for any reason is keeping an eye on what’s going on with TS Isaac. Right now it’s about 9:15 am here in the Caribbean and things are sunny. I feel like we’re going about our business, but also just quietly waiting to see what’s to come.
Yesterday afternoon I took a trip in to St. Marc to do some errands and just as I was leaving the wind started coming in gusts that were different from a normal breeze. We sat on our deck after I got home and I felt like something was “off” then realized that the ocean was incredibly still for that time of the day. Out in the water we could see small white caps, but right at the shore there was very little movement. It was eerie and unsettling. What was stranger is that last night our humidity meter dropped to 72% – unheard of for this time of the year. This morning at 6 am the temperature was already up at over 83 degrees, the warmest we’ve seen it yet at that time of the day, and the humidity climbed from 82% to 84% in about 15 minutes.
We’re going to try and keep updates here on the blog, as well as on our facebook page (Clean Water for Haiti) and through Twitter (@cleanwaterhaiti) so you can follow things there.
Please pray for Haiti too. Typically when a tropical storm comes it bypasses the island and brings rain. In extreme situations, like 2008, we had three storms back to back and the result was flooding. Isaac is large. Even if the eye of the storm doesn’t make landfall, the 1000 km spread is predicted to dump 12-20 inches of rain on Hispaniola (the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic) in the next few days. This isn’t a case of “if” but “when”. There most likely will be flooding in several parts of the country, it’s just a matter of how bad and where. Along with the obvious damage and danger to people, the residual effects of flooding are major, like contaminated water sources and a spike in Cholera.
We’ll look forward to keeping you updated,