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Dominican Republic awakes in calm before the storm

Santo Domingo.- The proverbial calm before the storm, sunny skies and all, awoke the Dominican Republic capital Santo Domingo Wednesday morning, after Tropical Storm Emily ushered citizens into their homes early, becoming a ghost town awaiting its onslaught.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Emily packs winds of 50 miles per hour with stronger gusts and abundant rain.

The Emergency Operations Center began mandatory evacuations Tuesday night in low lying areas in the country’s southwest, where the storm’s center is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Evacuations were also ordered early Wednesday morning in cities along the Caribbean coast and in areas downstream from dams and near rivers.

As of 7:30 a.m. today the NHC located the storm center near latitude 16.1 North and 66.7 west longitude, around 220 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, moving west at 12 miles per hour, but expected to turn northwest.

Source: Dominican Today

Category: DR News |

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Last updated March 25, 2017 at 5:40 PM
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