Sunday, August 21, 2011
Say It Isn't So, Irene
We received some disappointing news this morning. The onshore clinic was cancelled for today and the next two days, as Hurricane Irene is headed for the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The most recent prediction that we have heard has the storm over Haiti in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 23.
Unfortunately, the hurricane isn't only affecting the clinic; the surgeries for these three days have also been cancelled. This afternoon, the USNS Comfort evacuated the patients, some non-military medical staff, and the translators. The ship will likely be moving as to stay out of the path of the storm. At this point, the Navy's plan is to resume clinic and the surgeries on Wednesday, August 24, if possible.
We are hoping and praying that both for Haiti's sake and for the success of the USNS Comfort's mission that Hurricaine Irene does not prove to be too destructive. As you can see below, the first day of clinic was very popular.