SANTO DOMINGO. – The country’s Civil Defense reports that so far around 2,200 people are in shelters and 446 homes have been affected by Tropical Storm Fay’s lashing winds and downpours across the island.
Residents in the country’s northeastern, eastern, and Santo Domingo provinces have suffered damages as the tropical wave quickly turned into a tropical storm, with winds extending 140 kilometers north and east of its center, located near latitude 18.6 North latitude and 70.5 West longitude.
Newspaper Diario Libre said a bridge collapsed in the town Sabana Larga, San Jose de Ocoa province (south), but no reports of injuries.
FILE.-SANTO DOMINGO.- Most of Dominican Republic’s territory is on alert as Tropical Storm Fay formed quickly and packed a surprising punch, killing one person, downing trees and billboards across the island Friday night and early Saturday, with downpours as high as 125 millimeters in some areas.
Esther Jiménez Almonte, 34, drowned in a swollen creek in Higuey, and her nephews Alexandra Castillo, 13, and Alexis Castillo, 5, are missing, newspaper Listin Diario reports.
Fay, which the National Hurricane Center classified as just a tropical wave Friday morning, quickly organizing and became a storm as it reached Hispaniola, was located 55 kilometers east of the capital Santo Domingo last night with sustained maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour and higher gusts.
The storm is moving west at 22 kilometers per hour, as the Emergency Operations Center issued red alerts.
Fay developed so quickly that it was upgraded from a wave to a tropical storm within hours, and skipped the tropical depression category.