According to the World Meteorological Organization, the 2016 hurricane season in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean runs from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricane Matthew is the 13th hurricane to have formed this season, and since its announcement last week has had everyone on the edge of their seats charting its course. Just recently we’ve been able to spot a clear sky here in Altos de Chavón after a long night and morning of rain, thunder and lightning, but the hesitation continues…
Matthew has been characterized for its slow movement and escalated force and magnitude; it is now a category 4 hurricane. The predictions were uncertain last week, in some cases it was positive it would hit us full on, but shifted gears and sent sporadic wind and rain to the eastern region. On Sunday, the Emergency Operations Center (COE by it’s acronym in Spanish) declared 10 provinces on red alert and 4 in yellow by Hurricane Matthew because the hurricane resumed its movement to the northwest and it was likely to place its eye about 350 kilometers west of Pedernales. Due to this, the Ministry of Education suspended all classes on those regions and airports cancelled flights. By Monday, this number increased to 15 in red alert, 9 in yellow and 7 in green!
Lots of rain fell yesterday throughout the country and in Haiti. The eye of the destructive hurricane reached Haiti this morning, causing numerous damages. This is the third strongest hurricane ever recorded in our neighboring nation, and their strongest hurricane in 52 years! Today, the outer rain bands is currently what is affecting our country and now continues onwards to Haiti while Hurricane Matthew moves north up to Cuba tonight, Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday, and possibly moving to the east coast of the USA around Florida on Thursday or Friday. It is said that Hurricane Matthew will loose force due to the mountain regions in our island, moving down to a category 3. As you can see on the map pictured above, tropical storm Nicole is also visible off to the right on the eastern coastline and we’re keeping our eyes peeled what its trajectory may include.
As of 2:00 PM EDT Tue Oct 4:
Location: 19.4°N 74.3°W
Moving: N at 10 mph
Min pressure: 949 mb
Max sustained: 145 mph
Information from the National Hurricane Center.
The eye of the destructive hurricane Matthew is expected to hit Cuba later on today.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?
For the eastern region, there is still some light rain ahead today and tomorrow, whilst there is still rain throughout the rest of the country, until Thursday in some regions.
REASON TO PANIC?
No, but definitely good to stay informed. While we at Casa de Campo Living will do our best to keep you up to date, we recommend the following for staying up to the latest in news:
• www.nhc.noaa.gov – The National Hurricane Center
• 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 and tropical storms