Although Tropical Storm Bret is forecast to arrive in the Dominican Republic, its effects are expected to be relatively mild and not cause significant damage.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have issued a warning to the population due to the possible arrival of tropical storm Bret to its coasts. Likewise, the National Meteorological Office (Onamet) has announced that downpours are expected in some localities of the country and that temperatures will remain warm as of Thursday. The storm is currently east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving westward with maximum winds of up to 95 km/h.
How will storm Bret develop and when does it reach the Dominican Republic?
In its latest report, Onamet reported that the tropical storm is located about 320 km from Barbados and is heading west at a speed of approximately 24 km/h, with maximum winds of 110 km/h. “The existence of tropical cyclone is confirmed which, due to its position and movement, for the moment, does not represent a danger to the country,” clarifies the entity in its latest bulletin.
For today, Thursday, the provinces that may be affected with moderate to heavy downpours, thundershowers and gusty winds are: Samaná, María Trinidad Sánchez, El Gran Santo Domingo, Peravia, San Cristóbal, Monseñor Nouel, San José de Ocoa and La Vega.
On Friday, June 23, the influence of Bret will be felt with greater intensity in the country, which will result in an increase in wind and the occurrence of scattered rains, isolated storms and wind gusts in various regions, such as the north, northeast, southeast (including Greater Santo Domingo), the Central Cordillera and the border area. These conditions are expected from the early hours of the morning.
What precautions should I take before the arrival of storm Bret?
Temperatures will continue to rise, so it is recommended to drink enough fluids, dress loosely and avoid receiving sun rays for a prolonged period of time, especially if you do not use sunscreen. In addition, the population is urged to keep an eye on the bulletins issued by the National Meteorological Office, as they will be constantly publishing informative documents.
This Thursday, June 22, the Emergency Operations Center (COE) convened a meeting with representatives of the 22 institutions that are part of this body, in order to coordinate measures in the face of the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Bret as it crosses the Caribbean Sea.