Dominican Republic: Tropical Storm Fred leaves people without water and electricity

Dominican Republic: Tropical Storm Fred leaves people without water and electricity

A total of 580,186 users were without water and 439,263 without electricity due to the effects of Fred on Dominican Republic, where yesterday as a tropical storm  threw heavy rains, according to the report offered this Thursday by the Emergency Operations Center (COE).

The agency, which keeps 31 of the country’s 32 provinces on alert, reported that Fred, already degraded to a tropical depression, caused 1,705 people to abandon their homes, partially affected 344 houses and destroyed three.

The phenomenon caused damage to three roads, while 23 towns are cut off due to the floods.

The heavy rains caused by Fred yesterday caused the closure of the international airports of Las Américas and La Isabela, both in Santo Domingo, later reopened after weather conditions improved.

Fred, which on Wednesday degraded to a depression, continues to leave heavy rains in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and moves this Thursday between eastern Cuba and the southeast of the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 km / h).

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States indicated today in its morning bulletin that Fred is located 40 miles (65 km) west-southwest of Great Inagua Island, Bahamas, and 80 miles (175 km) east of Guantanamo, in Cuba.

The system is moving in a west-northwest direction with a travel speed of 16 mph (26 km / h).

Meteorologists at the NHC, based in Miami, Florida, predict that the system will experience little change in the intensity of its winds throughout today, although on Friday it could begin to “intensify again”.

Melissa Galbraith
Melissa Galbraith is the World News reporter for Globe Live Media. She covers all the major events happening around the World. From Europe to Americas, from Asia to Antarctica, Melissa covers it all. Never miss another Major World Event by bookmarking her author page right here.