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Dominican Republic was spared the brunt of Hurricane Maria

International weather forecaster reports proved to be accurate in regards to the track of Hurricane Maria and the Dominican Republic. Those in the country were able to sigh in relief when the country was spared the brunt of Hurricane Maria that had hit neighboring Puerto Rico as a catastrophic Hurricane 5.

The government in the Dominican Republic shut down for Thursday, 21 September 2017, ordered all schools to close, and most businesses, including major stores, announced they would not open. And metereologists still alert that while the storm’s eye has moved north, the bands of Maria will reach far west and bring high winds for many hours even after the satellite map shows it has gone.

In its 6pm bulletin on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) had placed 14 provinces on red alert. These are: La Altagracia (Punta Cana and Higuey), El Seibo, Hato Mayor, Samana, Espaillat, Maria Trinidad Sánchez, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, La Romana, Montecristi, Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís), Monte Plata, San Cristóbal and the National District. Provinces under yellow alert are: La Vega, San Pedro de Macoris, Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), San José de Ocoa, Monseñor Nouel (Bonao), San Juan de la Maguana, Santiago Rodríguez, Valverde, Santiago, Azua, Dajabón, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo). Provinces under green alert are: Elías Piña, Independencia, Bahoruco, Pedernales, Barahona, and Peravia (Baní).

Weather reports filed by DR1 readers all around the Dominican Republic shared for the most part good news regarding damages. It seems that the resorts in Punta Cana will be able to quickly get back to business this weekend, with clean ups, repairs to light structures on the beach and gardening. Ministry of Public Works brigades are out clearing major roads from falling tree starting Thursday, as the storm moves on its forecasted track to the north away from the island. Some light poles and transformers are reported to have suffered, causing power outages in some residential areas in Punta Cana.

The winds and rain in the east of the country had begun yesterday, Wednesday 20 September 2017, as the eye of Hurricane Maria diagonally crossed Puerto Rico and head out to the Atlantic Ocean passing Punta Cana area at a distance of around 55 miles. Starting on Wednesday, while rain bands with wind gusts up to hurricane strength were felt in Punta Cana, but the capital city of Santo Domingo on the south side of the island could hardly tell a major hurricane was in the neighborhood.

Meteorologists in the Dominican Republic predicted that the first effects of Maria would be felt Wednesday through dawn of Thursday, 21 September. This was just one day before 22 September date when Hurricane George devastated the country as a category 3 hurricane back in 1998. It is expected that the east region will be the most affected and most of the provinces in the area are on red alert.

The Emergency Operations Center (COE) began obligatory evacuations and Civil Defense along with the Dominican Armada evacuated 213 people from Saona Island on Tuesday afternoon. They were taken to homes of family and friends.

According to the National Meteorological Office (Onamet), it is thought that Maria will bring around 350 mm of rain, with more in the mountain areas.

According to General Juan Manuel Mendez, COE director, the problem is that the ground is already saturated due to the recent rains. He has said that flooding could begin on Thursday and Friday and some of it could be severe.

All boats have been told to stay in port, and beaches and aquatic sports are forbidden.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Sep 22, 2017

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