These are the unsolicited SMS messages I received from Digicel, our local (Irish) cell phone provider over the past three days:
Friday 6:53 am: "Tropical Depression Isaac could become a category 1 hurricane. Please send the word cycone to 4636 for weather information."
Friday 7:08 pm: "Tropical Depression Isaac could become a category 1 hurricane. Please send the word cycone to 4636 for weather information."
Saturday 12:40 pm: "You would still like to know the results of the bòlet (lottery) drawing. To read the results, send RLOTTO to 4636. Price: 3 gourdes."
Saturday 8:11 pm: "Isaac is continuing toward the Gulf of La Gonave. We ask that everyone continues to take precaution as there could still be heavy winds and rain for the next 12 to 24 hours."
Sunday 1:00 pm: "We hope that you and our family are okay. Thank you for using Digicel. Send the word cyclone to 4636 for weather information."
Sunday 3:00 pm: "Remember to ask your friends and family overseas to put minutes on your phone for you. Thank you for choosing Digicel."
Note: messages translated from Creole