Puerto Rico remains under surveillance and a tropical storm notice, warnings that are now also directed towards Dominican Republic, due to the passing of tropical storm Dorian, according to the 11:00 am National Hurricane Center (NHC) bulletin.
The storm’s new rerouting locates it a little closer to the closest point of the island, which is Cabo Rojo.
It is located at latitude 14.2 degrees north, longitude 61.8 degrees west, and has a movement that continues towards the northwest at 13 mph. It is expected that its movement will continue during tonight, followed my movement towards the northwest on Wednesday, according to the NHC.
The estimated trajectory locates the atmospheric phenomenon “close or to the south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday”. Meanwhile, it would pass “close to or over” Domincan Republic on Wednesday night.
The maximum sustained winds are a 50 mph, with even stronger bursts.
“Weakening is expected for the next 48 hours, and Dorian will have strength of an almost hurricane when it approaches Puerto Rico and to the east of La Española.
All government agencies are better prepared for a natural disaster due to the significant operational changes made in each of these, according to Vazquez.
Winds with tropical storm strength extend to 45 miles from the hurricane’s eye.
A tropical storm watch is also in effect for Martinica.