Title: Tropical Storm Franklin Approaches Hispaniola, Prompting Precautionary Measures in Dominican Republic and Haiti
Tropical Storm Franklin is approaching Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, raising concerns of heavy rainfall and potential flooding. In response, authorities in the Dominican Republic have taken precautionary measures, including shutting down schools, government offices, and businesses.
The storm is anticipated to bring heavy rainfall, which poses a significant threat of landslides and flooding. The situation is particularly worrisome in Haiti, where severe erosion increases the vulnerability to heavy downpours. Furthermore, the storm surge is predicted to reach up to three feet, compounding the risk of flooding for both nations.
To ensure the safety of its citizens, Dominican officials have issued red alerts for 24 out of the 31 provinces, mobilizing 3,000 workers to affected areas. In Haiti, however, caution is urged as schools remain closed due to summer holidays until mid-September. Nonetheless, people residing in flood-prone regions are making preparations to safeguard themselves.
The storm is forecasted to make landfall on Wednesday and is expected to persist over Hispaniola before moving out to open water. Its timing is particularly challenging for Haiti, which is still recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. This recovery process is compounded by ongoing gang violence and displacement, further hindering the nation’s ability to respond swiftly to natural disasters.
In light of these circumstances, authorities are mobilizing support for displaced persons in Haiti, with Prime Minister Ariel Henry emphasizing caution and preparedness. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the northern Dominican coast. The Turks and Caicos Islands are under a tropical storm watch as well.
Simultaneously, another tropical storm named Harold has made landfall on the southern coast of Texas. These concurrent weather events highlight the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s warning of an above-normal hurricane season. The agency predicts 14 to 21 named storms, with the potential for six to 11 hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes.
As Tropical Storm Franklin approaches, both the Dominican Republic and Haiti brace themselves for the potential impact. A coordinated effort between authorities, organizations, and the public is crucial to mitigate the adverse effects of this storm and protect the lives and livelihoods of those residing in vulnerable areas.
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