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.