Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Hurricane Irene Misses Haiti
Despite the original predictions, Hurricane Irene fortunately largely bypassed Hispaniola, the island containing Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Well, at least, I say "fortunately" as I think it's a good thing that one of the poorest countries in the world which lately has experienced a string of horrible luck (earthquake, cholera, other hurricanes) was able to dodge Irene.
But I guess the view that it's fortunate depends on your viewpoint. Here's a quote from an article in the Los Angeles Times:
"Earlier, meterologists had hoped that Irene might slow down; it was headed straight for Hispaniola and the mountain range saddling the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 'It would have disrupted and likely weakened the storm,' Feltgen said.
That didn't happen."
Thank God, I and all the Haitian meteorologists say.
Pictured above are the clouds above the bay of Port-au-Prince at sunset, remnants of Hurricane Irene, the storm that missed Haiti.