Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 125: Batten Down The Hatches. Tomas Cometh.

All Hands base, and all the volunteers here, are in a perpetual cycle at this point - wake up, get on our computers, head over to, and hope the news has changed for the better. Tomas, which can't make up its mind as to whether or not it is a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane, is creeping ever closer to Haiti. This morning, the news was good - the storm has been downgraded in strength, and has moved slightly west from where it was yesterday. The eye of the storm no longer looks like it will be missing us by just a few miles, and whereas original predictions from a few days ago had it hitting Haiti as a Category 3 hurricane, it is now showing it as a Category 1 when it makes landfall. A hurricane is still a hurricane, and given the fragility of Haiti right now, damage is going to be done regardless of strength, but I hope the current trend continues, with the storm moving further west and getting weaker.

I'd imagine tomorrow we'll put in motion our plan for the storm, which involves moving anything and everything that could fly around and cause damage into a secure area, or, if it is too big to move, strap it down and pray the straps hold.

(Unfinished post.)

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