A Haitian woman prepares a meal on street in Port-Au-Prince

*(Via LATimes.com) It was when lightning struck her tent the other day that Marie Vernita Lysius realized that the 6-month-long chain of calamities was not going to end.

Lysius’ home was crushed by the Jan. 12 earthquake, sending her into a teeming encampment of flimsy stick-and-tarp shelters. She was later bused to a better-equipped tent city on this windblown plain 15 miles north of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

Then the lightning bolt hit a support, spraying holes in her tent and injuring two family members, during a severe storm that blew down more than 300 shelters. The storm reminded the displaced that the hurricane season is upon them and that they have nowhere else to go.

“This is an example of what a hurricane can do,” said Lysius, 46, surveying a landscape pocked by collapsed tents. “Are they going to leave us out here?”

Read MORE of this LA Times story by Ken Ellingwood, HERE.