The path of Hurricane Issac lay directly across Hispaniola and the town of Jacmel was hit by major rains. You can look at the official accounts about all of Haiti in the Seattle Times and Reuters. According to those sources, only four people were killed as a result of the storm in Haiti, but major flooding is present across the island.
Jakmel Ekspresyon Administrator Aaron Funk is on the ground in Jacmel. His Facebook updates are collected below for a look at the impact on Jacmel directly:
SitRep+town is pretty mashed up. Down trees all over. very major flooding today,but it has gone down now,but the land is saturated,any more rain and it willflood again.Beach wrecked,all locals near flooded out bigtime(rue St.Anne,rue commerce,rue comedy).
cont= power is out in the entire country. Only road to Port au prince covered in a landslide, we are cut off from the rest of the country, no gas or comodities for the next several days. Very few fatalities. Many peoples tin roofs damaged or ripped off.
We have safe water for now. Many people asking for food,you can buy any today. People are in good spirits,go figure,they have already seen the worst the world has to offer. Saw some folks dancing and playing pots and pans in the flood waters.
here are a couple of shelters at schools but they provide no water or food. As usual the poorest spots got hit the hardest. We will get thru it,no problem. BIG CONCERN= Cholera will most certainly be on the rise in a big way.
Got word that Port au Prince also got hit very very hard,down trees flooding. Issace pretty much just drop kicked the entire country in the family jewels. Spent the day checking on people and assesment. Everybody is Ok more or less. But we are still in the honeymoon period, Tomorrow it should set in on how long its gonna take to get things rolling again.”
We’ll keep you updated with more information. The Jakmel Ekspresyon building made it safely through the storm with almost no damage. If you have any information, please comment or visit our Facebook page.