From the early afternoon of this Friday, the effects of the tropical storm Isaac will begin to be felt, which according to the National Meteorological Office (Onamet) will cause heavy rainfall and wind gusts.
During a press conference at the head office of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), the director of Onamet, Gloria Ceballos, reported that the accumulated rainfall in connection with the phenomenon could reach 100 milliliters to the southern slopes of the country and the mountains. Central. Last night the storm was running at 31 kilometers per hour, with maximum continuous wind of 95 kilometers per hour.
Ceballos explained that according to the trajectory of Isaac, the phenomenon would pass the weekend through the water of the Caribbean Sea.
"The rain will be more concentrated towards what is the southern slope of the central mountains and the areas in the east, southeast and southwest, where the highest accumulated rainfall will be recorded," Ceballos said.
He added that since Friday there will be rain showers, thunderstorms and gusts of wind in the east, southeast and northeast of the country. Moreover, the waves will gradually start to deteriorate in the Caribbean coast.
The COE activated its emergency plan for hydrometeorological events in its first phase yesterday afternoon. This action is part of the preventive preparations undertaken by that agency to mitigate the consequences of the Isaac storm.
The director of the COE, General Juan Manuel Méndez García, explained that as from today at 11.00 am the first warning levels will be issued due to the passing of the atmospheric phenomenon, in accordance with the provisions of the law and its manual. organization and operation, so that the population takes preventive measures.
Méndez García said that the COE is in permanent communication with President Danilo Medina and the institutions that are part of that organization, including the Ministry of Defense, Public Works, Public Health, Agriculture, the Environment, the Economic Dining Rooms, the Social Plan of the Presidency, the civil protection and the national police.
The head of the Irrigation Systems Division of the National Institute for Hydraulic Resources (Indrhi), Luis Cuevas, said that the dams are currently below the level due to the drought, so that they generate the rains that Isaac generates.
863 hostels are turned on
The Civil Protection authorities said they are willing to face the possible remnants of the phenomenon this weekend. Given the situation, approximately 863 shelters could receive 270,000 946 people.
Meanwhile, the director of the Social Assistance Plan, Iris Guaba, has announced that this institute is willing to help the population in all possible events caused by the rain generated by Tropical Storm Isaac, while it passes close to the Dominican territory.
The official added that the assembly centers of the Social Plan of the Presidency are provided with mats, sheets, mosquito nets, water and food. It also has 80,000 emergency packages and an additional 57 mobile points.
Public Works carries out a preventive day
Before the possible passage through the land of the storm Isaac and the rains in connection with the phenomenon, brigades of the Ministry of Public Works, under the Road Maintenance Plan carried out by this institution at the national level, work in the cleaning, maintenance and rehabilitation of scuppers in the Great Santo Domingo, to prevent flooding. Douglas Borrell, director of Road Maintenance at the MOPC, said that the day includes streets, avenues and roads in different parts of the national territory.