It’s 3.30pm on Monday the 22nd of August and Hurricane Irene has just arrived into Casa de Campo La Romana in the Dominican Republic! Fortunately, given that Hurricane Irene’s centre is located approximately 80km north of the North-Eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Irene’s arrival has not brought anything more treacherous than a lot of rain!
Hurricane Irene, update Monday August 22nd, 3.30pm
• Hurricane Irene is currently a category 1 hurricane (the least destructive) and has maximum sustained winds of 80mph (130kph)
• Hurricane force winds extend approximately 30miles (45km) from the centre of Hurricane Irene and as the centre is currently located 80km off of the Northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Hurricane force winds will not be experienced here (hooray!)
• The North coast of the Dominican Republic (not Casa de Campo or La Romana) remains under ‘hurricane warning’
• Tropical Storm Force winds (between 56kmh and 102kmh ) extend up to 185miles (300km) from the centre of Hurricane Irene – so Tropical Storm Force winds will be experienced across much of the Dominican Republic
• As the centre of Hurricane Irene will no longer be crossing the Dominican Republic, the system will not be broken up by the mountains and will gain strength and momentum as it crosses the Atlantic oceans.
• Hurricanes draw energy from water (i.e the ocean), so as Hurricane Irene moves North towards the United States she is now predicted to become a category 2 then a category 3 hurricane.
• The predicted course for Hurricane Irene now has her moving North and then curving up the Eastern coast of Florida before she is predicted to make landfall in Southern Carolina by Saturday.
Hurricane Irene in Casa de Campo La Romana – what does this mean for us?
• The fact that the centre of Hurricane Irene is located so far North of Casa de Campo (about 200km away) means that here Hurricane Irene will feel more like ‘Tropical Depression Irene’ – we will not experience any hurricane force winds and it is unlikely we will experience any Tropical Storm Force winds – very boring really!
• It will rain – it is possible that areas of the Dominican Republic will receive up to 200 millimeters of rain over the next 24-30hours.
• Given the sheer size of the cloud mass associated with Hurricane Irene, we can expect it to rain for at least the next 24 hours, possibly even for the next 40 hours.
• Keep travelling to a minimum – your Casa de Campo villa isn’t going to get blown away but, heavy rain in the Dominican Republic can cause flooding, mudslides, flash-floods and landslides
Current weather conditions in Casa de Campo
Given the worldwide coverage of Hurricane Irene, everyone I know keeps asking me “How’s the weather?”, my answer is: “RAINY.”
In fact it started to rain in Casa de Campo and Altos de Chavón about half an hour ago (just in time for me to get wet getting out of the car), but it is not windy, not at all!
Not-so-severe weather: it’s raining but not windy in Altos de Chavón, Casa de Campo La Romana
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We suggest that you follow the movements of Tropical Storm Irene / Hurricane Irene closely so that you can be fully prepared, the below links are fantastic sources for keeping up-to-date:
www.nhc.noaa.gov – The National Hurricane Centre
www.weather.com – The Weather Channel
Stormpulse.com – Great storm tracking device
ONAMET.gov.do – the Dominican Republic’s official weather warning people (this one is in Spanish)
This article was written by Rebecca Hughes, editor of Casa de Campo Living and Casa de Campo’s entertainment specialist!
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