The tropical storm had killed 20 people in Dominica and at least one person in Haiti. These two countries form the island of Hispaniola which lies just to the east of Cuba. Still posing a threat of wind gusts and flash floods, the remnants of Erika were then expected to move over central Cuba, potentially providing welcome relief from the recent drought.
Today we received an email from our friend Orlando confirming that the tropical storm had not been a problem where he lives at Bañes, Holguin. Although there had been very heavy rain at Baracoa in the far east it had not brought the much needed rain to Bañes that they had hoped for, so many reservoirs, wells and rivers remain dry causing severe water shortages. And this is meant to be the wet season!
We are always interested to get weather reports from Orlando and our other friends in Cuba not only because it can create great hardship for the local population but, just as here in England, butterflies and their habitats are also greatly affected by the weather. Lets hope things improve soon for all.