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Before I look at the official NOAA site for tropical storm updates (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov ), I turn to Jeff Masters' blog (http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMaste... ) for his thorough updates and insightful comments. I see there things I find nowhere else, not only detailed analysis, forecasts and historical comparisons on current hurricanes and tropical storms, but also his thoughtful discussions of impacts on the various countries in the storms' path.

I want to pass on to you his recommendation for a place to donate to help storm victims in Haiti:

The Lambi Fund of Haiti

(http://www.lambifund.org ). Here is what Jeff said about it in two recent posts in his blog:

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMaste...
7:36 PM GMT on September 07, 2008, updated 2:21 PM GMT on September 08, 2008

(snip)

The tragedy in Haiti


As Ike pounds Haiti with torrential rains today, it is clear that Haiti will need massive assistance to recover from this latest disaster. If you're looking to contribute to the cause, I recommend the Lambi Fund of Haiti charity. I've been a contributor for a number of years, and have been impressed with their leadership and aims. The charity seeks not just to provide much needed temporary food aid, but to make investments in sustainable development in an effort to restore environmental integrity and reduce poverty. One of the main places my donations have gone is to fund the purchase and planting of thousands of trees on Haiti's denuded mountainsides. These treeless slopes, missing more than 98% of their original forest cover, allow flood waters from hurricanes to rush down and cause the mind-numbing loss of life we've grown to expect with each hurricane that affects Haiti. If you're looking to help out in the country in the Western Hemisphere that needs the most help, consider a donation to the Lambi Fund.

(snip)

(An update 8:56 PM GMT on September 08, 2008)

The death toll in Haiti due to the onslaught of Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike, plus Tropical Storm Fay, grew to at least 630 today (http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900s... ), as more victims of Hurricane Hanna were identified. Rains from Hurricane Ike have killed at least 61 people, and the death toll is sure to rise higher as rescuers reach more remote flooded areas in coming days. Haiti needs all the help it can get, and I want to thank all of you who donated to the Lambi Fund of Haiti charity I recommended yesterday. I've heard from the administrators of the charity that several hundred of you have made on-line donations. Wow! Heartfelt thanks!



Figure: The flooded city of Gonaives after Hurricane Hanna, September 3, 2008. Image credit: Lambi Fund of Haiti.



I URGE YOU TO CONSIDER JEFF MASTERS' ADVICE AND LOOK THROUGH THE LAMBI FUND HOME PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.lambifund.org

The Lambi Fund not only is helping the victims of the recent series of violent storms there, but it is deeply involved in developing long-term betterment for all of Haiti's people.
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