Red Alert Issued Ahead of TS Irene, Possible Hurricane

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Sunday, 21 August 2011 18:49

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Sunday the National Meteorological Center (NJC) issued a Red Alert as Saturday night the strong tropical wave became a tropical storm named Irene.

The path of the system is projected to threaten all the Greater Antilles, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The NJC found the storm to have a great potential to become a category 1 hurricane before reaching the Dominican Republic and traversing the island into Haiti, in the next 2 days.

A vigilance level of red has been issued by the National Risk Management and Disaster (PNGRD) which warns of a persistent threat of heavy rain, gale force winds, risks of landslides and floods.

The departments of the Sud, Sud Est, Grand-Anse, Nippes, Ouest, Centre, Artibonite have been given these instructions:

people of flood risk areas, dump area, landslide to respect the following instructions.
* Keep listening to weather reports.
* Turn off the water all that can be damaged by flooding.
* Join your home or safe havens identified by the local departmental committees.
* Consolidate iron roofs and the ground in tents in the camps.
* Set up food reserves
* Prepare to evacuate if necessary areas prone to floods and landslides (flood plains, seashores, ravines, rivers, mountain sides, ect).
* Do not cross rivers in spate for any reason.
* From shelter in safe places inside the house, away from windows during severe storms.

The next newsletter is expected on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 05 pm by Esterlin Marcelin, This forecast of the NJC was approved by: Ronald Semelfort


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