DR1 - The Weather Office (Onamet) reports that rain accompanied by wind gusts and thunder and lightning will continue over much of the national territory. As reported, a stationary front located over the country is interacting with a low-pressure trough over Haiti that is moving slowly westward. Onamet says the rains will continue gradually improving by Saturday, in time for the long weekend. Meanwhile, Onamet has issued a small craft warning for the entire coastline.
The rains that have fallen in the region over the last day have partially cut off several communities, affected 2,943 houses and caused 11,150 people to be displaced to safer places. Meanwhile, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) declared a yellow alert for seven provinces and put another 16 provinces on green alert due to the continuation of the rains accompanied by thunder and lightning over a large part of the country.
The areas most affected include the province of Puerto Plata, the areas of Licey al Medio, Tamboril, San Pedro de Macoris and Montecristi, where 2,770 houses were flooded according to the COE report. Some of those affected were transported by agencies to houses of relatives and friends until the waters recede to their normal levels.
The provinces on yellow alert are: Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Santiago, Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua), La Vega, Monsenor Noel (Bonao) and San Jose de Ocoa. On green alert are the provinces of Valverde (Mao), Samana, Santiago Rodriguez, Espaillat (Moca), Dajabon, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Duarte (San Francisco de Macoris, especially the Lower Yuna area), Monte Plata, Hato Mayor, San Pedro de Macoris, El Seibo, Azua, Peravia (Bani), San Cristobal, Santo Domingo and Barahona. Read original at DR1.