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The Hurricane Season

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The Hurricane Season

Post Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:18 pm

by Expat Focus columnist, Lindsay de Feliz

The hurricane season starts on June 1 and runs through until the end of November. The Dominican Republic is right in the middle of the hurricane belt, so every year we check weather websites daily and try and predict if and when a hurricane will arrive. We look at squiggles and blobs coming off the West African coast, check wind directions, sea temperatures and the amount of Saharan dust in the atmosphere.

Hurricanes need warm sea temperatures, which is why that is important, and apparently the more dust there is, the less chance of a hurricane.
Hurricanes have alternating male and female names, and the same names are used in a 6 year rotation. However, if there is a big hurricane which causes lots of damage then that name is not used again. So no more Andrew, or David or George or Katrina.

It takes a while for a hurricane to develop. They start as a Tropical Disturbance or a Tropical Wave, and then become a Tropical Depression before morphing into a Tropical Storm which has winds of 40-74 miles an hour. Once the winds get to 74 miles an hour they are a Category 1 Hurricane on the Saffir Simpson scale...

Read more about Hurricanes in the Dominican Republic


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Re: The Hurricane Season

Post Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:44 am

Welll gee watching little squiggles and swirls sounds like fun. What do people do when things start gettings serious like Category3 4 5..Is there government civil defense plan where people can go for protection?? I'm sure you can get shutters, they are some help. Is there a government wreb site to see what to do when the big one is coming?I suppose jumping in your SUV and drive like heck to Sousa might save you. Can you tell us a plan for the better survival of everyone. Thanks. Mark


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