Critical Alert 

Weather: Crews responding to flooding, damage in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, Aug. 24, following passage of Tropical Storm Laura. 

Crews responding to flooding, damage in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, Aug. 24, following passage of Tropical Storm Laura. 
 

  • Alert Begins: 24 Aug 2020 10:35 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 26 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Event: TS Laura Aftermath
  • Location(s): Caribbean (map)
  • Date: Aug. 24
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, power outages, structural damage

 

Summary

 

Cleanup and recovery efforts will likely continue in areas of Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and the Dominican Republic over the coming days following the recent passing of Tropical Storm Laura. The storm impacted the area on Aug. 22-23; Laura is intensifying and is expected to reach hurricane strength by Aug. 25 as it continues to track northwestward. Numerous areas have been left with power outages, structural damage, and flooded streets.

As of Aug. 24, at least a thousand of people have been evacuated, and at least 210 homes have been damaged in the Dominican Republic. In the southeastern region of the country, at least 1.1 million customers have lost electrical power. Additionally, at least four deaths have been reported in various towns and cities, including Santo Domingo and Pedernales. In Haiti, at least nine deaths have been reported in Anse-a-Pitres, Marbial, and Port-au-Prince. 

Tropical Storm Laura also caused flooding and damage in Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Large areas of the islands lost power as the storm transited Aug. 24. In Cuba, the most affected areas include Guantanamo, Villa Clara, and Sancti Spiritus. In Jamaica, Portland, St Thomas, and Kingston have been largely affected by floods. In the Cayman Islands, Cayman Brac, and Grand Cayman, as well as the Sister Islands remain under high alert. Multiple transport and business disruptions are likely to continue throughout affected areas the coming days, including in major highways, due to flooding and debris.

Transport and business disruptions will likely continue in Haiti, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and the Dominican Republic for several days. Recovery efforts may be hampered by storm damage to regional roads and bridges, as well as by continuing heavy rains on the tailing end of the system.

 

Advice

 

Seek updated information on road conditions before driving in affected areas; some roads could be closed for days. Plan accordingly for protracted commercial, transport, and logistical disruptions. Charge battery-powered devices when electricity is available; restrict the use of cellphones to emergencies only. Power down mobile devices when not in use, Keep important documents in waterproof containers.
 

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