Tropical Storm Emily Threatens Haiti

The tropical storm is heading straight toward the battered island.

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Tropical Storm Emily headed to Haiti (Google)

As if Haiti needed more bad weather, Tropical Storm Emily is heading toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti today. Tropical Storm Emily brushed past Puerto Rico and headed Wednesday toward Haiti, where more than 630,000 people are still without shelter after last year's earthquake.

News One reports that a "steady shield of rain" should reach the island of Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, around noon Wednesday, and the rainfall should worsen by late afternoon, said John Dlugoenski, senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

Civil-defense officials and the military in the Dominican Republic have already begun moving people out of high-risk zones ahead of the storm. Haitian authorities urged people to conserve food and safeguard their belongings. Haitian emergency authorities set aside a fleet of 22 large white buses in the event they needed to evacuate people from flooded areas. Emergency workers would then bus the people to dozens of schools, churches and other buildings that will serve as shelters.

Talk about being kicked while down. We're glad there is a plan in place to deal with the fallout from the tropical storm. We're still wondering why the relief has been slow reaching so many people. Six hundred thirty thousand people still without shelter? We'll keep the people of Haiti in our prayers as the storm arrives.

Read more at News One.

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