Santo Domingo, September 19 (EFE).- Around 800 people have been displaced, flooding and downed trees and power lines are the temporary balance of the Dominican Republic’s passage of Hurricane Fiona, Category 1, which made landfall last morning. Eastern part of the country.
According to a preliminary report from the Emergency Operations Center (COE), 789 people have been displaced from their homes and 54 houses have been damaged, mainly in the east and northeast of the country, the areas most affected by the event passing through the regions Today, the Dominican, is on full alert.
Besides, more than 11,500 customers do not have electricity.
Fiona, the first hurricane to make landfall in the Dominican Republic since the powerful Ivan in 2004, Heavy rain and wind cause continued.
The cyclone made landfall in Cabo San Rafael (east of the country) and is located about 25 km southwest of Punta Cana, where moderate to heavy rainfall and maximum dynamic winds of 150 km/h, high gusts were recorded. National Meteorological Office.
According to the forecast, accumulated rainfall will be between 100 and 300 mm, although it may be higher at isolated points and reach around 450 mm.
In view of this situation, several provinces of the country remain in alert for urban flooding, flooding of rivers, streams and ravines as well as landslides.
Predictions about Fiona
It is expected that when Fiona leaves the Dominican territory, she will do so with a maximum category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale of 5.
Fiona reached the Dominican Republic after hitting Puerto Rico on Sunday, causing “catastrophic” damage, a general blackout and significant flooding.
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