Although Tropical Storm Grace has degraded to a tropical depression, Governor Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia urged citizens to continue taking precautions because “there is no rain coming in”.
“I repeat that people should continue to take precautions to protect themselves and not be on the street tonight,” the president said during a press conference at the Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Management (NMEAD).
Similarly, NMEAD Acting Commissioner Nino Correa and National Meteorological Service (SNM) meteorologist Ernesto Morales warned citizens to “lower their guard.”
Morales explained that due to “expected heavy rain, especially in the southern half”, flood monitoring is still in place on the entire island. In addition, he warned that marine conditions would remain “dangerous” and that this was not the case. It’s time to visit the beaches, especially the south coast.
On the other hand, the list of available shelters has been expanded to 39 in the following municipalities:
- good water
- red head
- Juana Diaz
- San Lorenzo
- saint elizabeth
- Trujillo Alto
“Don’t wait until the last minute to move to a safe place,” Correa said.
In its 5:00 p.m. bulletin, the National Hurricane Center (CNH) reported that Storm Grace had lowered its rating to tropical depression.
The atmospheric phenomenon’s translation speed is 15 miles per hour (mph) moving west, and about 200 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. It currently has a maximum wind of 35 mph.