The winds were the worst I have experienced in my 14 years in Haiti. It felt like being in the middle of a hurricane. Everyone was outside and we called the children to stand under the carport and stay away from the open areas and the trees in the yard. With the wind gusting it was raining horizontally. We were worried about the refuge camps and when the winds died down we headed out in the rain to check on the camps that were near us.
The winds ripped tents apart everywhere. They aren't built to withstand strong winds like what happened Friday afternoon and with the months standing under the hot sun they also were brittle. Thousands of tents were destroyed.