A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for parts of the island, from Isla Saona to Puerto Plata as of 20:00 (local time) on Tuesday, August 27, as Tropical Storm Dorian continues moving towards the island. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Dorian is forecast to slowly strengthen as it moves through the Caribbean Sea towards Puerto Rico, and pass over Dominican Republic on Thursday, August 29, possibly as a hurricane. The storm may reach hurricane strength before passing over western and central Puerto Rico on Wednesday, August 28 (map here). Rainfall totals are forecast between 2-8 cm (1-3 in) across Dominican Republic and up to 10 cm (4 in) in isolated areas. Dorian is also expected to bring strong winds and dangerous swells, particularly along the southern coast.
As of 02:00 on Wednesday, Dorian is located approximately 390 km (240 mi) southeast of Ponce. The storm is moving northwest at 20 kph (13 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph (60 mph). Flooding and damaging winds are possible across Dominican Republic through Thursday. Associated transportation and business disruptions, as well as power outages, are also expected.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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