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    Default QUESTION FOR THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED A HURRICANE HERE IN THE DR.

    I know the wind is a MAJOR factor, but talking about rain and water, does it compare to what we experienced last fall here on the North Coast where we were flooded from Gaspard Hernandez to Puerto Plata ??

    And I mean flooded. Like for more than 2 weeks... Just asking you know.

    Water, I don't care because like they say, : Been there, done that. Wind, I have a little bit of experience with snow storms in Québec that lasted 2-3 days.

    But mostly I just want to know in advance what to expect, not in km/hr but by examples of what might fly around..
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    I understand your question is for the people who've experienced a hurricane here,
    the following is just my personal experience.

    I've never been through a hurricane in the DR. However, I was living in the heart
    of New Orleans when Katrina hit and was stuck in the city for about a week afterwards
    until the National Guard arrived. Its not the storm you should be concerned about, its the chaos
    that comes afterwards.
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    What would concern me is the risk of looting/robbery in the aftermath....empty houses, etc.
    Seems to happen in times of disaster

    Charlise,
    with all respect to PQ's snowstorms .... they aren't hurricanes
    Tighten your chinstrap for this if it passes by

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    Hi Charlise, the worst hurricane I experienced was Wilma in 2005 in Fort Lauderdale Florida. It hit as a category III and ripped the roof off the condo I was living in at the time. Destroyed the unit and the building was condemned. Destroyed all of my new furniture and the worse part was living for two weeks without electricity and water. Very uncomfortable and miserable. The actual storm passing was quite interesting until the back side of the eye hit and started ripping the roof off in big sections. The the water pored in. I would be very concerned about looting here in the DR after the passing.

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    I hate to say this, but if a hurricane hits the north coast, I expect the water to be much deeper/worse than you've personally ever seen. I've seen the aftermath of some of the storms that hit DR, but they were decades ago.

    When Sandy hit NJ it wasn't even a hurricane anymore. We were without electricity for a week. I can only imagine how long it might be out in DR under similar circumstances. Trees toppled. Houses collapsed. Several feet of water in homes. [We had 3'].

    Stockpile non-perishable foods, be sure you have plenty of propane for cooking and lots of bottled water. Wonderful if you don't need it, but priceless to have it if you do need it. Bring all outdoor furniture into house or enclosed garage, it will sail away otherwise. Ditto pasolas. Plan for the worst and hope for the best. You'll use it all up eventually in any case, so nothing lost.




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    The actual rainfall at 'ground zero' is minimal compared to what rolls down from them thar hills.

    And it will continue to stream down for who knows how long ???

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    Alter Ego has pretty much said it all. IF Miss Irma should brush by the North Coast, something that, historically has never happened before, I would imagine that the storm surge would be the key disaster creator. Nothing on the North Coast, in the low-laying area, is prepared for this. The flooding you experienced was from rains, not a TS or hurricane. (And the roads are still not all fixed up.)

    Why am I so optimistic? Easy. Look at the oldest buildings in POP or Gaspar Hernandez. They have been there forever...like maybe 100 years.

    The really big fear is if it hit the East head-on....then you are speaking of major loss of life, damages in the billions and serious economic consequences for the entire country.

    Another scenario that does not seem to follow any of the projected paths, is if it were to go to the South of the DR....Again, catastrophic damages and loss of life..

    The late, great president of the republic, Dr. Joaquin Balaguer once said: "The Virgen of Altagracia will protect our country." as a major hurricane bore down upon us. And you know what? She did....it veered to the North, and the country got some rains and big waves.

    Keep your fingers crossed and follow AlterEgo's advice and you will be fine.

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    To be honest from what I have heard about George there was no major looting - so am not sure that is the big issue. The worst is the loss of electricity and water services - at least you don't freeze here if the roof blows off. People talk about furniture and stuff being sucked out of houses, and yes flying zinc roofs.

    I have only been in a Category 1 and a few tropical storms in Juan Dolio and what surprised me is that one minute it is deadly calm and then they arrive with a bang - it doesn't slowly get windier - suddenly all hell breaks loose.

    www.stormcarib.com has a great tool for "how close will it get" and it gives you the time you will start feeling the effects, which i have found to be accurate when there are only a few hours to go.

    In the meantime https://www.windy.com/?rain,19.450,-70.700,5 is great for seeing where Irma may go based on latest data.

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    Thank you all for your answers. So the main concern is to stay safe. Some say lost of electricity could last. Floods last fall (Yasica river came out twice, 2 weekends in a row) and Edenorte had cut the power at first inch of water out of riverbed and the power came back 6 or 7 days later.

    Like Matilda said, at least we don't freeze. My kids still remember the ice storm we had in Québec in 1998. The province was without power for a minimum of 5 days (in January, yes sir) and some regions had to wait 1 month...

    Anyway, my main concern was to get the most information as possible to be able to focus on main points.

    So main target: security. Thanks again

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    After George Juan Dolio was without power for 3 months. So plan for a little longer than a few days. Also remember cell phones and internet may be out for a while so advise friends/family not to panic as you may be out of touch.

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