Archdiocesan priest provides calm reassurances in the path of Hurricane Irma

Father Tom Kirchhoefer volunteered to assist with Amateur Radio communications at the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center after Hurricane Irma struck Florida's Gulf Coast.

Archdiocesan priest Father Tom Kirchhoefer celebrated Sunday Mass as usual, but Sunday, Sept. 10, was anything but usual.

Father Kirchhoefer described the scene as "surreal" in the lead-up to Hurricane Irma: homes and business boarded up, gas shortages, empty store shelves. And the hurricane still hadn't hit.

St. Louis Catholics respond to hurricane victims in Haiti

A girl slept on chairs in a partially destroyed school Oct. 12 used as a shelter after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti.

The description of the destruction in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew is eye-opening.

Aid slowly makes its way to areas hit by hurricane

Destroyed homes are seen Oct. 6 after Hurricane Matthew passed through Jeremie, Haiti. Rescue workers are struggling to reach parts of Haiti cut off by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.

WASHINGTON — Emergency aid slowly began to reach some of the thousands of Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew in the country's picturesque southwest as reports of casualties slowly trickled in from communities cut off by the storm. In the United States, areas of North and South Carolina were still dealing with flooding resulting from the hurricane.

The number of deaths reached 1,000 on Oct. 9, five days after the storm's 145-mile-an-hour winds and torrential rains slammed into Haiti, according to a tally by Reuters based on conversations with local officials.

Catholic agencies prepare response after hurricane pounds Caribbean

Residents salvage items from their destroyed home Oct. 5 after Hurricane Matthew swept through Les Cayes, Haiti. Emergency teams in Haiti struggled to reach areas cut off by washed-out bridges and mudslides after Matthew  roared over the nation's western tip and began an island-hopping path toward the U.S. coast.

WASHINGTON — Wind-whipped rains from Hurricane Matthew shattered Haiti's southwest peninsula, downing trees, ripping open makeshift wooden homes and causing widespread flooding Oct. 4 as aid workers waited for the storm to subside before mobilizing.

The city of Les Cayes and coastal towns and villages in South Department were experiencing the most destruction as the storm made landfall at dawn with 145-mile-an-hour winds.

Forecasters expected Matthew to dump up to 30 inches of rain in most communities, with some locales receiving up to 40 inches.

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