Three people drowned in the Dominican Republic after Tropical Storm Emily flooded rural areas, the Listín Diario newspaper reported Friday.
Two people drowned in Higüey, Altagracia province, when they were swept by the Duey Rivers current, the newspaper said.
Another man drowned in Santo Domingo East while swimming in a drainage ditch, Dominican Today website reported.
The Emergency Management Centers latest bulletin says 21 provinces remain on red alert, and 11 more are on yellow alert.
Number of people displaced: 6,970
Number of people in government shelters: 985
Number of communities cut off because of road or bridge collapses: 56
The 11 A.M. bulletin reports incidents throughout the nation, including rising rivers, evacuated families and collapsed bridges.
If the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily do form again, it won’t happen before Saturday and won’t pose any threat to Florida or the Atlantic coast, forecasters said Friday.
The broad mass of low pressure will start to enter a more favorable area for development in the next few days but by then it would likely be over or even past the northern Bahamas, said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. From there, computer models suggest the system would continue moving out into the open Atlantic Ocean.
“In that position, all the weather would stay well east of Florida and would have no impact,” he said. “Whatever is out there would be moving and would curve away.”
if the system does regenerate, it would retain the name Emily.
the National Weather Service reduced rain chances for South Florida this weekend from 50 to 40 percent.
The United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Haiti said no injuries, deaths or damages were reported Thursday night due to heavy rains, except to banana and coconut trees. more information is expected throughout the day.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the remnants of Tropical Storm Emily have a pretty good chance of reforming and becoming a tropical cyclone.
Emily soaked Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti before dissipating Thursday night. But meteorologists say the remnants are producing enough clouds and thunderstorms from eastern Cuba toward the Bahamas to be cause for concern.
this system remains disorganized but upper-level winds are expected to become a little more favorable for development on Saturday, the weather service said in a morning bulletin. this system has a high chance… 60 percent .. of regenerating into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves toward the Northwest and Northward at 15 MPH.
More than 7,000 people are still evacuated in the Dominican Republic, after a weakened tropical storm Emily dumped rain on the island of Hispaniola.
The Emergency Operations Center in Santo Domingo said that by Thursday night, 47 communities were cut off by collapsed bridges or landslides.
There is a report of damages, which is quite extensive, center director Juan Manuel Méndez said at a late Thursday press conference. we ask people not to let their guards down, because precipitation will continue, and the grounds are saturated, especially in the south – southwest part of the country. the rain is what does most damage, not the wind.
Of the 47 communities, 38 are in the province of Azua.
Local television reports showed extensive flooding in rural communities, where plantain farms were flooded and many people live precariously near rivers or dams.
In El Peñon, residents complained that weak infrastructure leaves them under water time and time again.
Here the custom is to take the victims and evacuate them out of their homes and never remember them again, Rosa Pérez told SIN News. They let them loose like dogs.
Another emergency center bulletin is expected at 11 A.M.
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