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This Week in the Dominican Republic: Category 3 Hurricane Danny

This Week in DR 21-8-15

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This Week in DR 21-8-15We just found out that Hurricane Danny escalated really quickly into a Category 3 hurricane and is expected to reach the Dominican Republic by Tuesday. And although predictions have Danny decreasing its intensity and maybe even disappearing on its approach to the country, it’s certainly something to be aware of… and prepare for!

Dominican government secures oil at US$65-barrel cap

Last Thursday, August 20th, finance minister, Simon Lizardo, said the Dominican government bought insurance to acquire oil in international markets at a US$65 cap per barrel to protect the country from the world’s volatile crude prices.

Italy seizes 122 kilos of cocaine on ship from Dominican Republic

On Thursday, Italian and Spanish antinarcotics agencies seized 122 kilos of cocaine at the Italian port of Vado Ligure on a ship from the Dominican Republic.

Officials said the Italian vessel arrived from the Dominican Republic at the port on August 18th to offload several containers declared mostly as fresh fruit from Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, adding that later the ship continued on to Civitavecchia, in Italy.

During customs investigations in Spain, it emerged that one of the holds could have an undetermined amount of cocaine that could’ve been loaded at the Colombian port of Turbo, hidden with legal freight.

Hurricane Danny intenisfies to Category 3

Today, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in the US, announced that the Hurricane Danny became a dangerous Category 3 cyclone, with maximum sustained winds of 185km per hour on its way to the Lesser Antilles.

The Miami-based institution said, however, that “there won’t be any further intensification” while Hurricane Danny moves into an area “affected by wind shear in the upper layers”. Therefore, meteorologists predict that the hurricane “will begin to weaken in the afternoon”.

In a special bulletin, the NHC explained that Hurricane Danny is at 1,450km to the east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at a speed of 17km per hour.

It is expected to remain that way until Saturday night, when it will turn west. Hurricane Danny is expected to start effecting the Dominican Republic by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Since the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began on June 1st, there have been four tropical storms Ana, Bill, Claudette, and Danny, the latter which transformed into the first hurricane of higher category (3) of the season.

Experts in atmospheric science at Colorado State University predicted last August 6th that the current hurricane season will be “well below average”, with five tropical storms and two hurricanes. This low activity, they explained, is due to the development of El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific, which inhibits the formation of storms in the Atlantic.

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