Haiti - Environment : ISAAC, the situation at 8 pm
At 8:00 pm ISAAC is located 17.3N 72.0W or 142km southeast of Port-au-Prince, 105km south of Belle Anse, 120km south-east of Jacmel, 157km of Petit-Goâve, 210km of Les Cayes and 270km of Jérémie. It moves slowly at 17km/h towards north-east, Maximum winds are now of 100km/h with gusts well above, and the area of influence is of 295km around its center. The center of ISAAC should landfall tonight. According to the NHC of Miami there is little chance that it strengthens before landfall, and accumulations up to 50 centimeters are expected on the island of Hispaniola, the rain could cause flash floods and mudslides.
"...he alert is still maintained and it concerns almost all the departments, including all departments located in the south, the Department of the West and the rest of the departments are also concerned by ISAAC [...] during the night the center will be on the southern peninsula, it will pass near the Southern Department, the city of Les Cayes and then the Department of the Grand'Anse near the city of Jérémiewhere it will leave on the peninsula. So the whole country is under the condition of a storm, there may be strong winds in several parts of the country with heavy rains and flood risk, and so far on the coastal cabotage operations are canceled until further notice" declared Ronald Semelfort, the Director of CNM.
Marie Josephe René, the Mayor of Port-au-Prince indicated that the municipality "set up an emergency team to intervene in the three districts of the town[...] 14 temporary shelters are already set up to accommodate people who have problems with their tents or houses [...] 40 ambulances will be put available to the Town Hall [...] the municipality has a budget of 650,000 gourdes to cope with the situation."
The National Police has evacuated 267 prisoners of Gonaives to Mirebalais, Port-au-Prince and St. Marc.
At 5:00 pm ISAAC is now located at 17.2N 71.9W off the coast of Haiti, or 50 km southeast of Port-au-Prince, 130km of Jacmel, 167km of Petit-Goâve, 222km of Les Cayes and 271km of Jérémie. It moves at 26km/h.
The rain started to fall in different regions of the South, and there are wind gusts. Since 11 hours in the morning ISAAC pursuing a path north-west towards Haiti. Maximum winds are now of 100km/h with gusts well above, and the area of influence is of 295km around its center, for information 295km is the distance between the center of ISACC and Cap-Haitien.
The center of ISAAC should enter tonight on the territory of Haiti, between Aquin and Bainet.
The SPGRD together with the Maritime Service and of navigation of Haiti (SEMANAH) still maintains the ban of maritime activities in all the southern coast, north of Haiti and the Gulf of Gonâve until further notice.
The direction of the Civil Protection, Red Cross with IOM proceed to the evacuation of 2,500 families from 18 camps of the Department of West.
Strong winds destroyed a house in Mombin-Crochu (Northeast). The family of 5 is hosted at City Hall.
The National Meteorological Center (CNM) predict for Saturday and Sunday : Cloudy to overcast sky. Heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms throughout the country in relation to the passage of Tropical Storm ISAAC.
The CNM together with the SPGRD and the DPC asks the population of risk areas to remain vigilant and strictly implement the following safety precautions in case of flooding, mudslides, landslides and storms :
- Prepare to evacuate, if necessary, areas prone to floods and landslides (seaside, ravines, rivers, mountain slopes, etc.).
- Do not cross rivers in spate under any circumstances.
- Do not stay on the bridge.
- In case of severe storms, do not shelter near windows and wooded area.
- Put animals in safe places.
At 2:00 pm ISAAC continues its progress towards Haiti, it is currently located at 16.8N 71.4W, or 211km south southeast of Port-au-Prince, 195km of Jacmel, 291km of Les Cayes, 350km of Jérémie ISAAC which is still at the level of storm is moving at a speed of 22km/h towards the north-west, if there is no change in its trajectory the center of ISAAC will pass on Haiti later in the day, but given the size of the mass, the first effects will be felt shortly in the southern regions.
Note that since this morning 11 hours, it follows a trajectory Northwest towards Haiti, maximum winds blowing at 95km/h with gusts well above, and the area of influence is 295km around its center.
The National Meteorological Centre (CNM) of Haiti in its latest bulletin dated 12 noon that "according to the latest numerical analysis of the trajectory, the center of ISAAC will move near or over Hispaniola today. Heavy rains, winds and thunderstorms are expected across the country tonight and tomorrow, including the southern peninsula and the Great North."
Numbers in case of need :
Concerning the numbers to call in case of need "You can make 177, it is a call center that is reinforced to receive all complaints, you can do *300 for assistance in terms of health, ambulance, then we have the 114 for the PNH which was also reinforced on the occasion of this event..." declared Ronsard St-Cyr, the Minister of the Interior. In addition you can reach the police by dialing 3820 1111 / 3821 1111.
The President will be present alongside the Haitian people
The Government indicates in a press release "The Head of State believes important to be with his people to give him all necessary assistance in case of concretization of the threat," hence the President of the Republic, Michel Martelly, has postponed his official visit to Japan scheduled for August 27 to 30.
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