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Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5, carrying maximum winds of 175 mph


As of 2:00 PM AST TUES SEPT 5:
Location: 16.9°N 59.1°W
Moving: W at 14 mph
Min pressure: 926 mb
Max sustained: 185 mph

Information from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 storm and a Hurricane Watch has been issued from Cabo Engano to the Haitian border of the Dominican Republic. The country’s National Emergency Commission met yesterday at the National Palace to implement the first phase of their plan in case of impact, which is to deter severe damage to the roads for transportation, according to Public Works minister, Gonzalo Castillo.

Reports are indicating 10+ inches of rain and flights to and from the Santo Domingo airport are already delayed. A public alert for Puerto Rico indicates the storm intensity has reached 180 mph winds moving west at 14 mph and: “Irma is expected to cause extreme and catastrophic dangerous winds, storm surge, rip currents and rainfall impacts across the local islands.” Our northern coast of the Dominican Republic is due to receive the strongest impact, and residents should remain vigilant of flash flooding and landslides.

What does this mean for you?

While we are hoping for the best case scenario, it’s important to be prepared for the worst just in case. If the Hurricane Watch for the Dominican Republic turns into a Hurricane Warning, it’s safest to board up your windows. Check your local hardware stores for materials TODAY before they are sold out! Remember to stock up on water and food that doesn’t require refrigeration in case we lose power. Watch out for heavy rains that can seep under windows and doors and clog pipes. If you’re located in a zone that’s prone to flooding, its best to consider staying with a friend. Also, with powerful winds, if your roof is not made of cement, relocating is important.

Park your car or vehicle in a garage, and by all means DO NOT GO OUTSIDE during the storm! Flying debris can result in casualties.

While it is still not certain how closely the hurricane will affect the Dominican Republic, please stay safe and ready.

As per the forecast on 5 September 2017, the most affected provinces will be Puerto Plata, María Trinidad Sánchez (Nagua), Samaná, La Vega, Monseñor Nouel (Bonao), Sánchez Ramírez (Cotuí), Espaillat (Moca) and Duarte (San Francisco de Macorís).

Given the magnitude of the storm, Onamet is alerting everyone to carefully monitor the storm as it approaches the island. There are many uncertainties with the path of Hurricane Irma.

Source: Casa de Campo Living, DR1
Sep 5, 2017

Category: DR News |

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