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- More rain for Distrito Nacional
  • By Guillermo Serra <gaquiles at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 19:11:49 -0400
I was surprised that by the evening we have not been receiving rain, but then 
some thunders and when I look out, this was what it looked like.

It was like at 3:00 p. m. And still, now, hasn't stop raining.

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- Kate?
  • By "Guillermo A. Serra" <gaquiles at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:06:27 -0400
Yesterday we got some heavy downpours in Distrito Nacional with thunderstorms and some streets got flooded. Today hasn't rain yet, but there's a chance to it. I'm learning now that we are witnessing the formation of a tropical depression right in front of us.

However, before it, we have been receiving some welcoming rain, and temperatures have dropped just a little bit.

Eastern tip provinces (La Romana, La Altagracia, Samaná, Hato Mayor, El Seibo) have been getting some rain as well in the last few days.

We are in the middle of a long weekend, as Monday is Holiday, so for the folks resting in the capital city, is quite a relief as Santo Domingo Metropolitan Area (Greater Santo Domingo) is so stressful because of the traffic and people rushing to everywhere as we enter the shopping season.

Stay tuned...

Guillermo A. Serra
Santo Domingo, R. D.

- North coast drought.
  • By carol read <carolread1945 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 03:57:48 +0000 (UTC)
After a terrible drought here on the north coast since May, we now have had some gentle soaking rain for a few nights.  1.5 inches over the last few days which is better than torrential rain which just runs off the parched earth and causes flooding.  The bare brown earth is showing a flush of green and everything is perking up.  Hooray!

- Joaquin
  • By Toni Green <toniindr at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 07:58:41 -0400
Hi, At this time I can only imagine what the people of the Bahamas have just 
been going through.  We all hope you were prepared and stayed safe.
Here on the North East coast peninsula of Samana the tail winds of Joaquin are 
still strong and come in waves. That is one big storm....
Earlier in the week the swells it produced caused very high tides and we lost 
some palm trees to the mighty Atlantic along some of our beaches.  We were 
lucky this time but  the beach erosion is obvious.
Good luck to others in the storms path.

Sent from my iPhone

- Joaquín
  • By "Guillermo A. Serra" <gaquiles at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:52:19 -0400
Thinking about the folks in Bahamas, looking at the wind history and the current position of Joaquín is worrying.

South coast has been quite oblivious of what is happening to the north, although I havn't take a look at the waves in malecón.

Weather should be usual, hot and humid, this morning was OK, some fresh breeze and overcast sky.

Stay tuned...

Guillermo A. Serra
Santo Domingo, R. D.

- Near miss on the north coast.
  • By carol read <carolread1945 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:39:05 +0000 (UTC)
Stay safe all our friends in the Bahamas!!  After our near miss from Joachin which gave us a little thunder yesterday and high seas, we now have very still air and heavy overcast.  Sadly none of the rain we need.

- Erika aftermath in Distrito Nacional
  • By Guillermo Serra <gaquiles at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:50:35 -0400
Hello friends.

It's being years since I don't post here!

Erika was before coming close to our country a welcomed storm, and still this 
is the thought, a welcomed system. Sad to hear what happened in Dominica, here 
was a different story. The drought has been very bad for us, affecting 
agriculture, water supply in general, even got the Enriquillo Lake, which for 
the past few years it's levels has taken lands of people and cultivation with 
it, two meters below comparing last year, then Erika came...

I saw few reports from COE (our national service for emergency operations) and 
few thousands people got evacuated from flood prone areas. Saw few pictures 
from east coast (Verón, Bávaro, Punta Cana, Higüey) and winds was the main 
issue there. Offices were closing from noon and by 3pm there were few 
businesses open. By 2pm, Distrito Nacional was getting its first gusting winds, 
tearing down trees (and some falling the over cars and power lines), billboards 
and communication antennas... In my area we got a "preventive" 5 hour power 
outage, rain was minimal, and by 6pm everything was calm. 

I now know the rain fell were it was needed, yesterday I saw reports of few 
water dam being replenish, south-west region, which is were the lake is, and 
predominant dry ecosystem, got more rain, hallelujah. No casualties reported so 
far. Yes there was flood in some areas in that part of the country, but in 
general, benefits were better.

It seems that the bananas cultivation were the hardest hit, reports from 
north-west region say losses top the 50 millions pesos, government is assessing 
the damages now.

It will take few Erika's like system to revert what has being a terrible 
coupled dry seasons, but in general, we are doing great and back to business.


Guillermo A. Serra
Santo Domingo, R. D.

- Over Hyped
  • By Mike Bryant <puntacanamike at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:11:47 -0400
Here on the eastern tip of the island, Erica provided a day off for many. Rainfall was next to nothing and the only thing the winds did was know dry flamboyan pods from the trees. I am getting a good number of emails concerned about the damage here. Unfortunately many do not know that the Dominican Republic and Dominica are two separate countries hundreds of miles apart.

All is fine in Bavaro-Punta Cana and literally all of the island! 



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- Samana Peninsula
  • By Toni Green <toniindr at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:16:49 -0400
Well despite what seems to have been a lot of publicity around the world about 
Erika we in our North East peninsula town of Las Terrenas got off extremely 
lightly as Erika changed track to the South at the last minute. So really it 
was grey with some much needed rain and a few mild wind gusts. As my daughter 
rightly said it was just like a typical UK Bank Holiday weekend! 
However we know we were very lucky and our thoughts are with the people of 
Dominica who really took a full hit from this one.

Sent from my iPhone

- Update
  • By Darlene Gunter <consultantdr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:52:37 -0400

I am here in La Romana, the south coast of the Dominican Repulic. We had 3 1/2 inches if rain and lots of wind.  Almost no serious damage here at all! The storm was a lot less then we expected thank goodness.

In Santo Domingo about 10,000 people were displaced and about 900 homes were affected.  We received some much needed rainfall.

- Fwd: [HURR] - Erika
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:31:31 -0700
Another update.  From Santa Domingo by Laura Acra.
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Acra, Laura
Date: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

I live in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Currently the weather is clear and its business as usual in the DR. Yesrerday Erika passed causing minor damages because of the wind. There was little rain and no flooding, at least not  in Santo Domingo. I have not heard of any major damages reported in any other city in the DR. We insure most of the hotels in the DR and have not received, up to now, any reports of major incidents.

Sent from my iPhone

- Sosua - Cabarete after Erika !!
  • By Alex Urban <sosuaalex at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:06:05 -0400
Certainly the biggest flop of a hurricane in my 20 years here....my patio is littered with leaves, but it is not wet.
Surely not enough rain up on the north coast either, but thankful that there doesn't seem to be any damage from winds etc.
Those pictures were taken at low High tide waves reached over the old concrete foundation and were hitting the walls of Beach Palace and Morning Breeze.

- Erika in DR
  • By Milan Draxler <drxoverseas at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:46:06 +0000
Here in Juan Dolio lots of smoke and no fire. Some old trees fell and almost no much needed rain. All in all, a disappointment. But at least the algae ended on the shore and someone will have to clean the mess.

- TS Erica
  • By carol read <carolread1945 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:37:22 +0000 (UTC)
Here on the north coast at Cabarete, Erica was a total non-event!  Hardly any wind above a few moderate gusts and only 0.8 inches of gentle rain over 2 days, not the rain that we so desperately need but it helped.  The south and east of the island experienced slightly more destructive weather but nothing as bad as predicted, as far as I have heard. 

- dom Rep
  • By Michael O'Kelly <mokelly at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:23:15 -0400
Hi Gert
Basically the Erika storm event was a non event for the DR. There were reports 
of small houses being destroyed and a few landslides but nothing major.  The 
desert southern region received some rain.  Most of the water stayed offshore. 
Unfortunately this is a disappointment for many as the country is going through 
a severe drought.   My rain gauge in Santo Domingo measured 12mm for the whole 
event. We had a few gusts and some trees blew over. 
The majority of the lakes are still critically low.  We would need another four 
Erikas to fill them up.

Michael O'Kelly
Sent from my iPad

- Sunshine and showers in Cabarete.
  • By carol read <carolread1945 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:47:00 +0000 (UTC)
Sunshine and showers in Cabarete on the north coast with .3 inch of rain overnight - not enough to cool things down.  34c and 70% humidity and the barometer hasn't moved at all yet. 

  • By Mike Bryant <puntacanamike at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:47:32 -0400
Gray and overcast this morning....winds are up, but only blowing the trees at this point and a bit gusty. Good morning for golfing in the wind! Changes the game!! The motorcycle cover remains in place and the garbage box is not going anywhere. As the day goes on we should see some much needed rain.

Run!s enroute and due to arrive midday. Will see what happens.

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- Rain at last!
  • From: carol read <carolread1945 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:36:18 +0000 (UTC)
Finally a wonderful overcast rainy day!  Apart from a rare shower, this is the first proper rain since the 11th April and everyone is doing the happy dance.

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