Dominican Republic issued a meteorological alert Monday from Saona Island to Cabo Engaño, and from Cabo Engaño to Cape Frances Viejo, due to the evolution of Hurricane Irma, which continues its movement over the Atlantic to the Caribbean.
“This means that, because of its position and trajectory, it is important that the areas under alert remain attentive to the evolution of Irma,” warned the National Office of Meteorology, Onamet.
In a statement, the agency recommended the population to keep an eye on the bulletins on this atmospheric phenomenon, as it is one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded so far and is now at the maximum level.
Irma will affect the Dominican Republic in the morning and the early hours of Thursday morning, September 7
The minister explained that state institutions are prepared for any eventuality caused by Irma, the fourth hurricane of the hurricane season in the Atlantic basin, which began on June 1.
Due to the current hurricane season, the Dominican authorities launched the Hurricane Contingency Plan, whose main objective is to increase the response capacity of the 22 institutions that make up the Emergency Operations Center, COE.
Category 5, the maximum on the scale Saffir-Simpson intensity, Irma crossed Barbuda around 0200 local time (0600 GMT) with maximum sustained winds of 295 kilometers per hour. At this time, Irma is moving north-northwest at a speed of 24 kilometers per hour and is located 10 kilometers north of Barbuda and 65 kilometers north of Antigua.
Once out of Puerto Rico, Irma will probably pass through the north of the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, northern Cuba and arrive in Florida at the end of the week. Although some fluctuations are expected, forecasters expect Irma to remain in category 4 or 5 within the next 48 hours.
Irma is the most intense hurricane formed in the Atlantic since Allen, which in 1980 reached maximum sustained winds of 305 kilometers per hour.