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Decatur Mission Team safe after riding out Hurricane Matthew

cast track for Hurricane Matthew brings the storm closer to the East Coast, making landfall in the Carolinas. (Source: NHC) cast track for Hurricane Matthew brings the storm closer to the East Coast, making landfall in the Carolinas. (Source: NHC)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

A mission team from Decatur is okay today after they were forced to take shelter as Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti. Harry Hames, Andy White, Chris Pressnell and Nicky Pressnell are on a mission trip there.

They are part of a mission team from Flint Church of Christ in Decatur. The men are in the small town of Jeremie teaching Bible classes. We spoke with team member Harry Hames by telephone Monday.

“The wind picked up dramatically. We are having heavy rains. We just met with Canadian Red Cross we are preparing for the hurricane,” said Hames.

The group took shelter in their hotel hunkering down for what is being called the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade.

“We are about 6 to 8 city blocks from the Caribbean sea. We are a little higher than sea level. They have warned us there could be 35 to 40 inches of rain. They have advised us to go to the second floor to stay away from the flooding. They feel like the building is safe and secure from the winds but not the floods,” said Hames.

A prayer service for the teams' safety was held Tuesday night at Flint Church of Christ. The group was supposed to return home Saturday, October 8. Now officials say flights may not return to normal for another week.

“We’ve been warned by the US Embassy and the airlines that there will be no flights out of here until the 14th,” said Hames.

Despite being without communication since Hurricane Matthew hit the country, the team said Monday they still plan to minister to the Haitian people, lending a hand in a time of need.

“We’ve agreed to help them {Red Cross} or some of the locals if they need us four guys. If their homes are damaged or destroyed we’ll be there to help,” said Hames.

According to a post by Haiti Missions, Hames and his group are okay but due to the hurricane’s impact there is no way to communicate or travel.

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