This is Karen. Sharon called a few minutes ago to let us know she is okay, albeit ill with an inner ear infection and hoping to find a doctor for meds.
She says Saturday was nice and sunny, then the winds picked up and the clouds moved in, and it's been raining hard ever since. Last night, the winds got very strong, and the storm was fierce from 11:15 p.m. to 5 a.m. today. I said yes, that sub tropical storm Olga blew up very suddenly and parts of the domincan were evacuated. She countered with "Sub tropical? That was a hurricane!"
She says there is a lot of wind damage, with trees down, roofs blown off, and no hydro in Cap-Haitien at all. The house is okay except that there are major leaks where the previous patching was done, with water pooling and coming in to three rooms. Mold and mildew are growing already, and the landlord has been contacted.
Last night, in the middle of the storm, one of the neighbour ladies went out and cut down all the power lines to the nearby houses. There is no reasoning with this woman, nor any likelihood of recovering any damages from her. Sharon is arranging for new wiring to be laid as soon as possible.
She asks everyone who is waiting for a reply to an email from her to be patient and she will answer as soon as she is able.
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Customs at the dock in Cap-Haitien Haiti are on strike and so any shipments coming in are being turned back, according to the information Sharon has. She has been waiting for goods she sent from Ft. Lauderdale, and likely they will not be allowed in until this is settled.