- CNTV English - CCTV News

Cuba, Dominican Republic brace for tropical storm Isaac

08-25-2012 07:52 BJT

HAVANA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Cuba and the Dominican Republic on Friday continued to prepare for extreme weather conditions caused by tropical storm Isaac.

Authorities in the eastern Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguin, Las Tunas and Camaguey, where Isaac was expected to hit, took steps to prevent loss of life and property, with Provincial Defense Councils assessing the risk to low-lying communities and evaluating temporary shelters, should they be needed.

Officials made sure shelters were equipped with proper kitchens and that emergency fuel supplies were available for hospitals, bakeries and other facilities.

The government also dispatched medical brigades, including surgical teams, to mountaintop communities that risk being cut off if excessive rain causes landslides or flooding.

Isaac, the ninth tropical storm of the 2012 season, strengthened slightly Friday as it moved closer to the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti, which share the same island, with forecasters predicting it could turn into a hurricane later in the day.

According to the latest report from the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC), issued at 2 p.m. local time Friday, the center of the storm was expected to "pass near or over Haiti" by evening "and move near or over eastern and central Cuba Saturday and Sunday."

Isaac was packing maximum sustained winds of nearly 95 kilometers per hour (kph), "with higher gusts," and "could be near hurricane strength at landfall," said the NHC.

Dominican authorities Friday evacuated nearly 3,000 residents in the south of the country and maintained a maximum red alert in 22 provinces, as Isaac was located some 265 kilometers southeast of the capital Santo Domingo and moving westward at 22 kph.

Storms had already cut off communication with eight communities in the northeast province of Samana and central Sanchez Ramirez province, according to the Emergency Operations Center (COE).

Poor weather conditions had also led officials to temporarily suspend some 10 flights from Santo Domingo to Miami; to Orlando, Florida; and to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from the capital's Las Americas international airport.

Another six flights were suspended at the international airport of Punta Cana, the country's famed vacation destination located 205 kilometers east of the capital.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program