Tropical Storm Noel

The ringing of the telephone woke me this morning. It was Ashley, “Just in case the Dominican Republic is in your news today, I wanted you to know I’m okay.”

The National Hurricane Center in Miami called Noel, which formed Sunday, “a major flood threat.” The storm could dump 8 to 12 inches of rain on the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica, with totals as high as 20 inches in some areas.

The rain is flooding in and around the orphanage where Ashley is working. One of the homes has a foot of water in it. The back of Ashley’s home has three inches of water against its foundation. Although they have no power, this is a common occurrence and may not be related to the storm.

There have been no injuries at the orphanage, but the status of some students who live off-campus was not yet known.

Ashley asked that the orphanage be remembered in our prayers.

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