Haiti and the Dominican Republic issue a red warning as Hurricane Elsa approaches Hispaniola

As Hurricane Elsa continued to travel across the Caribbean on Saturday towards the island of Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the two countries issued a red warning warning residents to expect heavy rain and wind. ..

Authorities have temporarily banned all flights and boats from ports and airports in southern Haiti.

Elsa, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, approached the south coast of Hispaniola after hitting the eastern Caribbean islands of Barbados, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Although slightly weakened, the Category 1 storm trails showed eyes passing near the southern region of Haiti from late Saturday to Sunday and moving towards Jamaica and parts of eastern Cuba on Sunday. ..

At 8 am on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the hurricane was located 110 miles southeast of Isla Beata in the Dominican Republic and about 440 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. The storm traveled west-northwest at 31 mph with a maximum wind speed of 75 mph.

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Hurricane warnings have been issued from Punta Palenque on the south coast of the Dominican Republic to the border with Haiti. Southern Haiti from Port-au-Prince to the southern border between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

Tropical cyclone warnings have been issued from the coast of Haiti north of Port-au-Prince and the south coast of the Dominican Republic east of Punta Palenque to Cape Enganyo.

Like Haiti, the Dominican Republic’s Emergency Action Center has warned residents that the country may experience the potential for flooding of rivers, streams and canyons.

The Dominican Emergency Center has increased the number of states on alert Friday night from five to nine. These states are Barahona, Pedernares, Peravia, Asua, San Cristobal, San Jose de Ocoa, Santo Domingo, Special District, San Pedro de Macoris. They are all concentrated in the south of Hispaniola, which is the closest to the path of Hurricane Elsa.

At the beginning of Saturday, the weather in Haiti was partially cloudy, with moderately strong winds and some strong gusts.

Haiti is vulnerable to heavy rainfall, so cumulative rainfall is projected to be 4 to 6 inches and 8 inches in mountains such as the Russell Mountains, Lahotte and Lagonave. Strong winds and dangerous sea conditions were predicted from 73 mph to 80 mph. Haiti’s Emergency Disaster Agency warned that all of this could cause serious floods, flash floods, landslides and coastal floods in the southern regions of the country.

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Violence has serious consequences, with the economy Humanitarian response From the perspective of access to the South Peninsula — Elsa’s expected route. Separated from the capital due to gang violence.

Since June 1, more than 16,000 Haitians from the poor working class neighborhood of Port-au-Prince have been displaced due to armed conflict between rival gangs.

The Civil Protection Department said all teams were mobilized to discuss how to respond to emergencies as needed. Elsa could enter the southeastern part of Haiti or polish Haiti, he and others warned.

“Regardless of the scenario, the system is already in Category 1, so the entire south coast of Haiti can be affected by strong winds,” Esterlin Marcelin said at a press conference.

At 10 am, Haiti had already recorded rainfall in several regional sectors. Hurricane Elsa was 186 miles from the Anse Apitre commune along the southeastern border between Haiti and Dominica.

In addition to preparing for an imminent hurricane, Haitian emergency personnel were still trying to deal with the plane crash on Saturday. After the crash of a single-engine aircraft on Friday night, Killed all 6 people on board. The plane was on its way to the town of Jacmel in southeastern Haiti.

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