Mission group from QCA caught in hurricane as it hits Haiti

Civil protection workers asks residents to evacuate their homes located near the the Grise river, in Tabarre, Haiti, Monday Oct. 3, 2016. The center of Hurricane Matthew is expected to pass near or over southwestern Haiti on Tuesday, but the area is already experiencing rain from the outer bands of the storm. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Civil protection workers asks residents to evacuate their homes located near the the Grise river, in Tabarre, Haiti, Monday Oct. 3, 2016. The center of Hurricane Matthew is expected to pass near or over southwestern Haiti on Tuesday, but the area is already experiencing rain from the outer bands of the storm. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

LACROIX, HAITI (KWQC) – Hurricane Matthew has turned deadly, slamming into the southwestern coast of Haiti Tues., Oct. 4, 2016. The category four storm is causing significant damage in the Caribbean. Some members of a church group from around the Quad City area are there on a mission trip. The group, Friends of the Children, is currently seeking shelter in a church, waiting for the eye of the storm to pass.

“It’s horrific. It’s horrific, said Linda Underwood of Rockford, Ill. “The winds and the palm trees and the trees are doubled over. There is debris floating. There has been debris hitting the building, you know, we’ve seen some buildings are totally gone. There’s a building next to us that looks like the roof will blow off any minute now, she told KWQC.

Members of the group want everyone to know that they are safe. They were supposed to come home on Friday, but are still unsure if they will be able to so. They’ll know better, once the storm passes.

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