Santo Domingo, September 19 (EFE) .- Hurricane Fiona, category 1, entered the Dominican Republic on Monday through Cabo San Rafael (east of the country), with winds of 140 kilometers per hour and gusts more strong, reported the National Meteorological Office (Onamet).

In its latest bulletin, Onamet explained that according to satellite and radar imagery, Fiona entered this local morning and at 04:00 local time (08:00 GMT) was approximately 20 kilometers southwest of Punta Cana. Moderate rain are recorded there. at strong, maximum sustained winds of 79 kilometers per hour, with a gust of around 124.

Hurricane Fiona enters the Dominican Republic
A man on a beach in Nagua in the Dominican Republic. EFE / Orlando Neighborhood

This hurricane, the third of the current hurricane season, is moving west/northwest at around 15 km/h.

Hurricane-force winds extend about 45 kilometers outside its center and storm-force winds about 220 kilometers.

If it maintains its trajectory, the center of Fiona will move in the next few hours through different provinces of the country.

Satellite images show dense and compact cloud activity that is generating moderate to heavy showers and storms in several provinces of the country and parts of Greater Santo Domingo, Onamet adds.

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

Hurricane Fiona keeps the country on alert

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.

Hurricane Fiona enters the Dominican Republic
A man walks his baby near the beach in Nagua, Dominican Republic. EFE/Orlando Barria

Much of the Dominican Republic will be under the effects of the hurricane, so the whole country is on alert (thirteen provinces in red, the maximum, including Greater Santo Domingo and eighteen in yellow).

This Monday has been declared a holiday and there is no class.

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.

Hurricane Fiona arrives in the Dominican Republic after hitting Puerto Rico on Sunday, where it caused damage described as “catastrophic”, a general power outage and extensive flooding.

Edited by Rocio Casas

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