COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Chantal has fizzled from a Tropical Storm to a Tropical Wave, but heavy rain is still threatening our friends to the south. Residents in Haiti are praying for the best, but preparing for major flooding.
At Hope for Haiti in Naples, thousands of emergency buckets are on standby ready to go to Haiti if Chantal does enough damage to the already stricken country.
"I just think unfortunately Haiti is incredibly vulnerable for any type of natural disaster," says Tiffany Kuehner is President and CEO for Hope for Haiti. "When I see that coming in and I see Tropical Storm Chantal my first initial reaction is oh my gosh here we go again."
Kuehner is keeping a close eye on Chantal and keeping in constant communication with staff in Haiti. Facetiming with Dr. Sabine Thomas, a Country Director, she's able to relay the latest on the storm and hear exactly what the weather conditions are like in Haiti.
"We have overcast and thunder and the rain just picked up again, so rain, but no wind so were just going to keep a close eye," says Thomas.
Thankful the storms path over Haiti shifted. The threat of flooding is still a major concern. "I'm feeling lucky now," says Kuehner. "Haiti is 80 percent mountainous so you can just imagine all that water running down the mountainsides flooding families homes that are only these small homes with metal sheeting and dirt floors."
The emergency buckets serve to help a family of five for at least a week following any disaster. Hope for Haiti has 2,000 of these buckets in stock ready for distribution.