Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Weather predictions now estimate that the tropical storm Tomas is expected to reintensify back to hurricane status overnight and it could hit Haiti as a level one hurricane by Friday. The Weather Channel website states that the result would likely mean very heavy rainfall with life threatening flooding and mudslides in the mountains. The countryside in Haiti is especially at risk to hurricanes and tropical storms due to deforestation. The hope is that the city of Port au Prince will not be directly hit, but even if they receive primarily heavy rain a tent is obviously not a safe place to wait out a storm. News sites report that the US Navy vessel Iwo Jima set out for Haiti on Tuesday to be available to provide disaster assistance and the United Nations is working to pre-position supplies in designated areas in the country. The Haitian government and various NGO's and humanitarian organizations are also planning evacuation procedures for people living in tent camps in at-risk areas. The problem is where do you evacuate people who already have no place to go? Please pray for them and pray that the storm will weaken or change course.
Posted by One Hot Homestead at 10:10 PM