I remember last year, in October, that the suspense of waiting for Hurricane Matthew was creepy. Here we go again, and…it’s still creepy!
It is actually very quiet here, as the students have not returned yet. I expect that they will be OK, although there may be some flooding in the streets. The hurricane’s center will almost certainly pass to the north of Haiti altogether, praise the Lord! The north coast is very vulnerable, but may not have to deal with the worst of it. Here at FSRL on the FSIL campus we are probably in the safest place in Haiti! The buildings are sturdy (having weathered the earthquake and Hurricane Matthew without damage) and the dean of nursing is very prudent. The hallways are empty of chairs and benches that might fly around, with wind coming through the open-air court-yards. Those of you have visited will see how bare it all looks!
All the solar panels are down off the roof and stacked indoors, and windows are mostly taped or boarded up.
The fourth-year men who have stayed on in order to finish clinical education before their graduation are still up working on the roofs, even tho. the panels have been removed, to clear gutters for rain drainage and to make sure no metal bits will become projectiles when the wind starts.
I hope that you and your families will also be prudent, and safe, as this hurricane travels northwards! May it Run Out Of Steam before it gets that far!