Well here we go. It's Saturday August 18 and Dean will be here in about 28 hours. Our fun stuff has been cancelled, we were to go to Ocho Rios today for a day at the beach and waterfalls. No No.
We are hunkered down at UWI and have plenty of supplies and water. Our buildings are concrete and have withstood powerful storms before. http://www.mona.uwi.edu/
We have notified the U S. embassy of our presence, and have made contact plans for getting in touch with our loved ones in the states.
We are 28 Americans, from UAB and San Diego State University.The Jamaicans in our group are mostly public health workers from across the nation, so almost all have been called back to their parishes to prepare and assist in recovery.
Here is information about the storm: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml? Maybe it will be current.
We are not sure of when the airport will reopen. Our tickets are for Tuesday, but there is a good chance there will be flooding at the airport and that building I wrote about earlier may just get blown away.
There is a lot I wouild like to write about regarding the good work we have done over the last few days, but that will just have to wait. Maybe we will be able to do some good work after the storm passes. When I get home I can write about the good stuff.
In the meantime read some of our journals at http://www.soph.uab.edu/jamaicacourse/JournalHome.html
See ya back in the states.