Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Santo Domingo, September 19 (EFE).- Hurricane Fiona, category 1, entered the Dominican Republic on Monday through Cabo San Rafael (east of the country), with a speed of 140 kilometers per hour and high gusts, the National Office of the Meteorological Office reported (Onamet).

In its latest bulletin, Onamet explained that, according to satellite and radar images, Fiona entered in the morning local time and at 04:00 local time (08:00 GMT) it was located about 20 kilometers southwest of Punta Cana. Moderate rainfall has been recorded there around 124 with gusts of 79 km/h strong and maximum sustained winds.

Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in the Dominican Republic
A man on a beach in Nagua, Dominican Republic. EFE / Orlando Barrio

This cyclone, the third of the current cyclonic season, is moving west/north-west at a speed of about 15 kmph.

Hurricane-force winds extend about 45 km outward from its center, and storm-force winds about 220 km.

If it maintains its trajectory, Fiona’s center will move through various provinces of the country in the next few hours.

Satellite images showed dense and compact cloud activity that caused moderate to heavy rains and storms in several provinces of the country and some sectors of Greater Santo Domingo, Onamet added.

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.

Hurricane Fiona has put the country on alert

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.

Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in the Dominican Republic
A man walks with his baby in Nagua, Dominican Republic. EFE/Orlando Baria

Most of the Dominican Republic will be under the influence of the hurricane, so the entire country is on alert (thirteen provinces are red, at most, including Greater Santo Domingo, and eighteen are yellow).

This Monday is declared non-working and there are no classes.

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.

Hurricane Fiona reached the Dominican Republic after hitting Puerto Rico on Sunday, where it caused what it described as “catastrophic” damage, a general blackout and significant flooding.

Edited by Rocio Casas
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