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Hurricane Irma in the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Hurricane
Location of Event:
Dominican Republic
Date of Charter Activation:
5 September 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
22:54:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
Comisión Nacional de Emergencias
Activation ID:
549
Project Management:
Oxfam International

Description of the event

Hurricane Irma is continuing its path across the Caribbean islands raising red alerts and evacuations across the Caribbean. It is expected to affect the Dominican Republic on 8 September.

Irma originated from a tropical storm which developed on 30 August 2017, and has quickly developed into a full Category 5 storm. Category 5 is the highest grade on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and indicates a storm that could cause catastrophic damage.

Local agencies are reporting that Irma is potentially catastrophic and preparations should take place to preserve life and property.

Irma has passed across Barbuda battering the island with high winds, and the storm is now moving towards Anguilla and then onto the Dominican Republic. It is expected to hit Florida at the weekend.

Areas flooded in Monte Cristi Province

Source: RapidEye
Acquired: 09/09/2017

Copyright: RapidEye © Planet (2017) - All rights reserved
Map produced by EIGEO

Ground saturation in eastern Cibao

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 07/09/2017

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by EIGEO

Flooded areas on the River Soco in San Pedro de Macoris Province

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: 07/09/2017

Copyright: Sentinel-1 © Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by EIGEO