Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on The Latin Americanist headquarters in New York City with the worst conditions expected to hit later today. Due to the strong possibility of power outages we may be unfortunately offline for several days. If that does happen then we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Sandy’s heavy winds and rains caused immense material and human damage for several parts of the Caribbean last week. At least sixty-nine deaths have been attributed to the storm including fifty-two in Haiti and eleven in Cuba. The death toll could increase after a group of six or seven French citizens have gone missing somewhere near the islands of Martinique and Dominica.
"This is a disaster of major proportions," Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told the Associated Press. His statement certainly seemed very accurate especially after watching the following video via ITN News of post-Sandy destruction in Cuba:
The wild weather has also hit other parts of Latin America including Uruguay where hurricane force winds whipped through Montevideo last week. Meanwhile Argentine weather officials estimated that the rainfall of one month fell on Buenos Aires over the span of a few hours on Monday.
Video Source – YouTube via ITN News
Online Sources – AP, Huffington Post, The Telegraph, Gothamist, BBC Mundo, The Latin Americanist