MontanaRon

An English teacher's blog about his travels and his digital art.

Day: October 30, 2007

Joyeaux Noel

Yes, Christmas is still two months away, but Noel is hanging around here. His remnants appeared to have left the area after this morning’s early blowout (see previous post). Most of the day was overcast, but there was no rain. . . until about 5:30 this afternoon, when, right in the middle of one of the English classes, there was another heavy rainfall, including a thunderstorm or two in the vicinity. I expected the water to have crept under my apartment door again, but apparently it wasn’t windy enough to aid in the process. (Small delights, so nice.) But even now, at 8 p.m, it’s still raining, though not heavily. There won’t be any baseball games played until probably next week, at this rate. Some of the forecasts I read are calling for 2-4 more inches of rain (more, locally) up through tomorrow night. Below is a map of the rainfall total from the storm so far. Click on the title below the picture to see a larger image. We’re the X on the central southern coast in the 6-9″ category, just missing making it to the 9-12″ mark, but we seem to be gaining.

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(Taken from the Weather Underground blog (hope that’s ok).

I was able to go jogging on the access road this morning and took a closer look at the fields. A couple of the outfield chain link fences were almost knocked down by this morning’s furious assault and were not completely toppled only because the palm trees encircling the two fields kept them from going over. Out on the main road, the top half of a once-large tree had been snapped off and was almost blocking traffic. Before I finished my jog, our crack ground crew was hacking it into pieces with their machetes. Other than that, there really isn’t a lot of visible damage and most of the water outside of the fields has drained off. Hopefully, we’ll not get too much more and things will eventually dry out. More later.

After Noel

The BBC reported that 20 people have died in the D.R. due to Noel, most of them east of Santo Domingo, which is our area. I haven’t been out and about, so I don’t know what the rest of the country looks like after the storm, but I imagine it must be devastating in some areas near here.

We are still getting a few intense, but brief, showers (like right now), and it appears that there are only tattered remnants of Noel still bedeviling the island. Most weather reports predict some heavy rain today and tonight, with amounts tapering off by tomorrow. Looks like the worst is over.

My mother asked if we were without power and if we had lanterns or flashlights to use. The answer is no, because we have our own standby generators, making us somewhat self-sufficient as far as having electricity is concerned. The above BBC report states that power went out country-wide briefly. Nothing new, because the power goes out briefly 5 or 6 times a day, as you may have read in one of the posts I made when I first arrived in the country.

Here’s a shot I took when the storm first started coming ashore on Saturday.

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As I mentioned above, we are still getting some brief periods of rain and heavy winds, and at the moment we’re in the middle of winds and rain as fierce as any that have preceded. I opened my front door a crack to see what was going on and got pelted with heavy rains blowing horizontally across the balcony and I had a heck of a time getting the door closed again due to the wind. I also just noticed that water is pouring in under my door. I better get my power strip off the floor before I get electrocuted, sitting here in my bare feet. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. More later.

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