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SANTO DOMINGO.- Powerful winds from what it’s believed was a tornado yesterday swept through five provinces of the country’s central valley, with such destructive force it left at least one dead, at least 18 injured, damaged more than 140 homes, trees, light posts and businesses, and some localities temporarily isolated.

Although La Vega province bore most of the severe damages, where president Leonel Fernandez had scheduled a rally, the winds also hit areas of the Cibao region, including Navarrete, Santiago, and San Francisco. It was felt as far as San Pedro in the east, to Valverde in the northwest, beginning from 2:40 p.m.

Fernandez, who visited the residence of Mercedes Núñez Torres, 64, who died in the windstorm, said the damages would be evaluated and promised the repair the affected houses starting today (Monday). "We are making an evaluation of the agricultural part, because we see that some plantain fields were affected, also part of the current rice harvest, he said.

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Written by: josean This user is banned, 21 Apr 2008 7:35 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!
My condolences to Ms. Mercedes Núñez Torres' family and friends. Que dios la tenga en la gloria!
Written by: UnderCover, 21 Apr 2008 9:19 AM
From: United States, Greatest City in the Galaxy!!
Global Warming..........Right Here Right Now.
Written by: baldoria23, 21 Apr 2008 11:01 AM
From: United States, Washington
Real tragedy. My sympathies to the affected. And yes, climate change is a huge factor, and the Jeepetacrocia that we life in and the conspicuous-consumption that the political parties support just add to the problem.
Written by: josean This user is banned, 21 Apr 2008 11:23 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

"Jeepetacrocia" thats a jewel!
Written by: Escott, 21 Apr 2008 12:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
I was in a tornado in Atlanta last month. They have happened for 100 years and not becaue of global warming:)
Written by: baldoria23, 21 Apr 2008 12:35 PM
From: United States, Washington
Escott, many parts of the world have experienced tornadoes for not hundreds, but millions of years, but you kinda gotta think that's something's fishy when they start occurring in places that they ahve traditionally not occurred- e.g. Brooklyn, La Vega...

CLimate change is a HUGE problem, and trying to sweep it under the rug as unimportant or deny it's existence altogether, won't stop some islands in the south pacific from disappearing b/c of raising seas (e.g. Tuvalu), or polar ice-caps from melting, or extreme weather patterns from continuing and intensifying like we've seen in the DR in the last year.

God knows, that we should expect things to get worse if no sustainable plans are proposed and adopted by our political, civic, and industrial leaders. If the political parties keep on rewarding their clients with Jeeps, then things will really get worse before getting better. If anything we should be taxing these Luxury SUVs and promoting the use of more efficient cars.
Written by: lovingit, 21 Apr 2008 4:38 PM
From: United States, Delaware
Tornados are not new in the DR. They are not common, but nothing new. I have seen tornados that have formed on the seas along las Americas Highway towards the airport and reached inland and have caused major damage.
Written by: Littlething, 21 Apr 2008 5:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Las Terrenas
As baldoria23 indicated, God knows and Tornadoes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester County, and La Vega are not normal. Man has done a fine job ruining the earth and the Bible both preaches to that effect as well as these political wars around the world and the advancement of these natural disasters such as earthquakes. Matthew 24: 7 and Revelation 11:18
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 21 Apr 2008 7:35 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
Baldoria is a big fan of Ozone AL who is making a fortune with his phony spiel....even the scientists are bailing out on him....Climate change happens all the time and has historically ....How much of it is man made is some nuts it has become the new religion....and Loving it ...a tornado at sea is a water spout and are common as you say
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 21 Apr 2008 7:36 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
just remember Ozone AL invented the internet he said
Written by: AndrusEnigma This user is banned, 21 Apr 2008 9:20 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
ayy!! dicen que callo graniso tambien en La Vega..

The two reasons for climate change,

is a slighty increasy on CO2 emmisions,

The other is, an intruder called Nibiru or Planet X ( probably a dark star, with an elliptical orbit with the sun, of 3,600 years) outside of our inner Solar sytem is coming our way, and is affecting the Earth in a big way!... believe it or not..

you can search more on this topic, just go on Google is really interesting lol..

"planet X" " Nibiru" " Two Suns"
Written by: baldoria23, 21 Apr 2008 9:55 PM
From: United States, Washington
HUGE fan of Al Gore! An Inconvenience truth should be shown weekly and for free, to get people aware of the problem and what we can do to at least attempt to avoid this impending tragedy.
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 21 Apr 2008 9:59 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
ha ha ha
Written by: BASTA, 21 Apr 2008 10:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Well Gee - Maybe the world would be a better place with out people.
Written by: Jander, 22 Apr 2008 1:07 AM
From: Dominican Republic
This news is certainly not good.for global warming or e fuel prices. 117 a barrel and holding ouch!

"Gas guzzlers are a big hit in China"
Written by: baldoria23, 22 Apr 2008 7:44 AM
From: United States, Washington
Basta, why do you go to such extreme? Do you actually believe that, or are you trying to make a point? If the latter, please be clearer. I don't think Al Gore or anyone in this forum is suggesting any extreme measures. All we support is for all of us to become cognizant of the fact that our actions have social, political, economic, and ENVIRONMENTAL reprecautions. TO that end, if what we do is hurting the environment, and there are other ways of doing what we do that have less of a negative impact on the environment, well maybe we should consider these alternatives.

Hiding our heads in the sand will not make the problem go away, it'll make it worse. So don't propose to get rid of people; rather propose and support that we change the way we do things to be more efficient and considerate. Who knows, we may be surprised with the positive econ, social, and political results of becoming more environmentally friendly. God knows that the status quo is only benefiting a few.
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