Santo Domingo, Sep 19 (EFE) .- Nearly 800 displaced people, floods and the downing of trees and power lines is the provisional toll of the passage through the Dominican Republic of Hurricane Fiona, category 1 , and which made landfall last morning by the eastern part of the country.

According to a preliminary report by the Center for Emergency Operations (COE), there are 789 people displaced from their homes and 54 houses are damaged, mainly in the east and northeast of the country, the areas most affected by the phenomenon that moves on the territory today Dominican, entirely on alert.

In addition, more than 11,500 customers have no electricity.

Fiona, the first hurricane to enter the Dominican Republic since mighty Ivan in 2004, continues to cause heavy rain and wind.

The cyclone made landfall in Cabo San Rafael (east of the country) and is located about 25 kilometers southwest of Punta Cana, where moderate to heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers / hour, with gusts more strong, are recorded, according to the National Meteorological Office.

A motorcyclist crosses the road, today in Nagua (Dominican Republic). EFE/Orlando Barria

Accumulated rainfall is forecast to vary between 100 and 300 millimetres, although it may be higher at isolated points and reach around 450 millimetres.

Faced with this situation, the alert for urban flooding, flooding of rivers, streams and ravines, as well as landslides in several provinces of the country, is maintained.

Forecast for Fiona

It is expected that when Fiona leaves the Dominican territory, she will do so with a category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of 5.

Fiona arrived in the Dominican Republic after hitting Puerto Rico on Sunday, causing “catastrophic” damage, widespread power outage and extensive flooding.

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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