Tropical Storm Irene approaching Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti

By on Aug 22, 2011 in United States, Weather, World Comments

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported that the eye or the center of tropical storm Irene has sustained its utmost wind of about 60 mph on Monday, August 22, 2011. Hurricane warnings were issued to Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic by the authorities.

Updated as of 8pm ET, the storm was seen in northwest of St. Croix at about 10 miles (15 kilometers) and about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east-southeast from Puerto Rico, heading through west-northwest at about 15 mph (24 kph).

United States, British Virgin Islands, northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti would be affected by the admonition.

According to NHC, they warned the Dominican Republic and Haiti for possible mudslides caused by heavy rain.

Meanwhile,a Christian aid group World Vision reportedly planned for supplies and organized its staff to place camps in Haiti on Monday to give support to the residents.

Meg Sattler of World Vision was quoted saying, “We are concerned that vulnerable families still living in temporary camps won’t treat this storm as a serious threat, after Tropical Storm Emily didn’t hit Port-au-Prince as predicted.”

“If flooding hits, people living in unsafe housing will be the worst affected. Heavy rain has the potential to worsen sanitation conditions in camps, which, with cholera still so prevalent in Haiti, is a major concern,” Sattler explained.

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