Emily is expected to hit the island sometime today. If you are one of the people visiting the island you might want to be thinking about some indoor activities for the day. There are many pretty good shopping centers in the DR especially in the capital (Santo Domingo) and Santiago. Also many of the larger tourist areas have some pretty good sopping areas.
The storm is expected to ht the DR with 50 mph winds and up to 10 inches of rain in some areas. The south is usually the hardest hit, but forecast say that the winds could reach up to 100 mph as the storm reaches some of the mountains in the Dominican Republic.
As I write this post, I’m looking out at a partially cloudy sky and it is warming up to be a nice day. That is one of the interesting parts about living on an island. The weather changes rapidly and within a very short time I could see a dramatic change in the weather, but at this point that remains to be seen.
Best advise at this time. Expect a storm to hit so remain close to shelter, but if it hasn’t hit yet go find something interesting to do. Once the winds start picking up and you see the dark clouds coming it’s time to start checking out some indoor activities!If you happen to be stuck in your motel room bored during this storm here area a few facts you might be interested in .
What ranks a storm, depression, hurricane?
- D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
- S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
- H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
- M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH
In this case, Emily is a Tropical storm, at least at this time. The sustained winds (for one minute) are expected to remain at around 50mph. This could change as Emily moves up the US coastline.
To keep up to date on the advisorys you can check nhc.noaa.gov This is the National Weather services, National Hurricane Center.