Santo Domingo. – The Dominican Republic activated its contingency plans to respond to the effects of storm Laura, starting tomorrow, Saturday afternoon, as its trajectory varied a little to get closer to the Dominican coast.
According to the director of the National Meteorology Office, Gloria Ceballos, Laura’s center could also touch the extreme northeast, due to María Trinidad Sánchez by changing her direction a little, from the west-northwest, as she now heads towards the frank west to affect the country in a more “forceful” way.
In that sense, the green alert was placed on 13 provinces, an alert that will continue to increase on Friday afternoon. Ceballos says that accumulated rainfall could reach 200 millimeters.
Meanwhile, the director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), Juan Manuel Méndez, said that the Armed Forces and the 21 institutions that make up the emergency body activated their contingency plans in case they have to come to the aid of some communities.
During a press conference, it was also reported that there are 2,532 shelters to house people who could be displaced because of the rains.
13 provinces on alert at the moment
The provinces on green alert at the moment are Samaná, La Altagracia, El Seibo, María Trinidad Sánchez, Puerto Plata, Espaillat, Montecristi, Hato Mayor, Duarte, Sánchez Ramírez, La Romana, Monte Plata and San Pedro de Macorís.