The only hurricane resistant nation in the Caribbean
Now that the second disastrous hurricane of this season has passed the Dominican Republic, we can affirm that this country is truly a safe place in the Caribbean region. Could you just imagine any other place that would experience two deadly natural disasters in two weeks? And the biggest damage it would get is fallen trees and swollen rivers?
The Hurricane Maria was approaching the Dominican Republic as a Category 3 hurricane with winds reaching 200 km/h or 120 mph. It was not as strong as its previous sister Irma but it had just wiped through the neighboring country. Puerto Rico stayed in total chaos and without electricity for more than 24 hours. According to the far from optimistic forecast, the hurricane was going to pass right through the Dominican North Coast.
Timely preparations as a guarantee of security
Nevertheless, citizens looked very calm, everyone already knew what to expect and how to get prepared. Sosua’s City Hall administration took necessary preventive measures. They cut big tree brunches that could possibly break and block roads. The Civil Defense forces evacuated people living close to the ocean and rivers whose precarious houses could collapse. The Center of Emergency Operations was posting timely updates on the preparation measures and the situation in the country’s different provinces.
Moreover, international tourists staying in Punta Cana, Samana oceanfront hotels were transported to more secure places in the same region and Santo Domingo. All the government establishments and educational institutions were closed starting from Wednesday, September 20. Private enterprises also followed the safety instructions.
The wonder happened again and the hurricane went away..
So the country met the day of the hurricane with empty quiet streets and closed businesses. People woke up late to stay at home and watch movies.
After few hours, it became clear that the hurricane was moving away from the Dominican Republic. It was not going to cause any serious damage other than heavy rains and strong winds. People started to get out on the street to explore and report on the situation. Surfers even went into the ocean to catch perfect waves.
Once again the inexplicable natural defense system of the island worked well and pushed the storm away from the land. Many specialists affirm that this happens due to a range of mountains in the center of Hispaniola. Its heavy low temperature air is more difficult for a hurricane to move than warmer air above the open ocean waters. Thus, Pico Duarte, the largest peak in the Caribbean, acts as a protector and weakens any hurricane that gets close to the Dominican Republic. Another significant factor is reefs along the Atlantic coastline that cushions a storm’s impact. Others just believe that RD, the abbreviation in Spanish that stands for Dominican Republic, actually means República de Dios (God’s Republic) instead of República Dominicana. In other words, God loves the Dominican nation so much that he always protects this country and keeps any danger away from it.
One reason or another, one thing is clear..
The Dominican Republic never gets a direct hit from any hurricane thus it can be considered the most protected place in the Caribbean. It gets heavy rains that may cause rivers to rise and it gets strong winds that may fall trees. Besides, the respective experienced services know how to react in emergency situations to get the life back to normal. All the country’s regions affected by floods always get the necessary government support. Moreover, the situation never gets that bad as it happened in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria or St. Martin, Barbuda, Cuba after Hurricane Irma. All our thoughts and prayers go to people living there and we hope that this season will not bring any stormy guests.
Move to the Dominican Republic now and forget about hurricane nightmares..