January 29, 2022

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Storm and cyclone, the situation in Haiti worsens

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Another possible cyclone was added in the Atlantic basin to storm Fred, which threatens the Panhandle, the extreme northwestern part of Florida (USA), and the tropical depression Grace, which is approaching the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the latter affected country. Saturday by a powerful earthquake.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that there may be flash floods and landslides in the Dominican Republic and Haiti today due to Grace, which at 0800 hours (12.00 GMT) was 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

Last Saturday an earthquake of magnitude 7.2, followed by an aftershock of 5.2, shook the southwest of Haiti and, according to provisional figures, caused almost 1,300 deaths and considerable material damage.

According to the NHC, Grace has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 km / h) and is moving west at 15 miles per hour (24 km / h).

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the entire coast of the Dominican Republic, the entire coast of Haiti and Jamaica, and in Cuba and the Cayman Islands, Grace’s progress should be monitored, according to the Miami-based center.

On the forecast track, the Grace center will pass near the southern coast of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) today and then over Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Little change in intensity is forecast for the next day or so, but a slow strengthening is expected to begin on Tuesday.

Hazards to land are winds, rain with risk of flooding and landslides and storm surge.

As for Tropical Storm Fred, which is expected to make landfall today at some point on the northwestern coast of Florida (USA), the NHC indicated that it moves northward through the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to produce heavy rain and dangerous storm surge throughout the day also in Alabama and Mississippi.

The storm is located 160 miles (255 km) south of Panama City and about 140 miles (220 km) south of Apalachicola, towns on the northern part of the Florida Gulf of Mexico coastline.

It has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km / h) and there is a risk that it will produce a life-threatening storm surge in the next 36 hours in an area of ​​the Gulf of Mexico coast.

On the forecast track, Fred’s center should move across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in the western Florida Panhandle this late or early evening.

Some strengthening of the winds is forecast, now extending in tropical storm force up to 90 miles (150 km) from its center, before making landfall and rapid weakening thereafter.

Fred’s rains will affect not only Florida, but southeastern Alabama, western and northern Georgia and western Carolinas, and as of Wednesday the US states on the central Atlantic coast .

Finally, Tropical Depression Eight, which may become Tropical Storm Henri today, is located about 120 miles (190 km) east-southeast of the Bermuda Islands and is moving at 9 miles per hour (15 km / h) southbound with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 km / h).

For now, Bermuda is the only territory that can feel the wind and rain from this new system.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts that the current Atlantic hurricane season will have above-average activity.


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