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SURPRISE! Despite July being historically the least active month of the Hurricane Season, and the fact that the Dominican Republic has not been affected by any tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane earlier than mid-August over the last 10 years… our first tropical storm of the season is already on the way. Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to start affecting the Dominican Republic at sometime on Wednesday.
So although Tropical Storm Chantal is currently more than 1400miles away from Santo Domingo, it looks like we might be “battening down the hatches” a little sooner than we had anticipated… here’s a summary of the facts and predictions for the next few days.
• Tropical Strom Chantal formed late last night (Sunday).
• Tropical Storm Chantal is located 1401miles south-east of Santo Domingo and is moving west at a speed of 26mph (considered “very quickly” for a tropical storm)
• Tropical Storm Chantal currently has maximum sustained winds of 40mph – making it a “low end” tropical storm (a tropical cyclone is considered a tropical storm with winds from 39mph up to 73mph, above that a storm becomes a hurricane)
• Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Saint Vincent.
• Over the next 6 days, Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to move in a North-West direction, crossing over the Lesser Antilles (Tuesday), the Dominican Republic (Wednesday), Haiti (Wednesday – Thursday), Cuba (Thursday – Friday) and Florida (Friday – Saturday).
• As Tropical Storm Chantal moves north-west she is expected to gather strength, with winds steadily climbing to a maximum of 65mph as she crosses the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
• Fortunately for other countries, Tropical Storm Chantal’s path across Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti) should serve to reduce her strength and as she moves north across Cuba and towards Florida she could weaken to a tropical depression.
So what does this mean for the Dominican Republic, La Romana and Casa de Campo?
• Unfortunately for us, the folks on weather.com are “pretty confident” with the prediction that Tropical Storm Chantal will strengthen and will affect Hispaniola – so by Wednesday the entire Dominican Republic and Haiti can expect some unpleasant weather conditions.
• Over the next few days (probably starting from Wednesday) the Dominican Republic will be experiencing heavy rain, wind and thunderstorms. In low-lying areas of the country flooding, flash-floods and landslides can be expected.
• While a tropical storm is not reason for panic, now would be a good time to think about making some preparations – CLICK HERE for our advice on getting your Casa de Campo villa ready.
This article has been brought to you by a “wannabe” weather girl – not a real one. I assure you I have done my research, and I am a weather enthusiast, so rest assured that this is an accurate Dominican Republic focussed summary.
Whilst we at Casa de Campo Living will do our best to keep you informed, we recommend the following for keeping extra-informed:
• www.nhc.noaa.gov – The National Hurricane Centre
• www.weather.com – The Weather Channel
• ONAMET.gov.do – the Dominican Republic’s official weather warning people (this one is in Spanish)
• Twitter: We recommend following NHC_Atlantic – for regular tweets on hurricanes, tropical storms etc
On Friday the 24th of August 2012, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac passed approximately 150 miles to the south of the Dominican Republic, causing a storm surge of up to 5ft along the eastern coast of the country, which in Casa de Campo brought huge waves crashing into oceanside properties, the Teeth of the Dog golf course, Minitas Beach and the Marina Casa de Campo.