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Haiti - Irene : Sustained winds of 160 km/h
23/08/2011 08:37:27

Haiti - Irene : Sustained winds of 160 km/h
This Tuesday to 7am, Irene is located to 20.6 degrees north and 70.6 degrees West, is currently moving at 17 km/h (10 mph) along a trajectory West Northwest, its center is currently located 191 km (119 mi) Northeast of Cap Haitien. This motion is expected to continue through tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on wednesday.

The core of this system should pass off the coast during the day, with sustained winds (maximum) of 160 km/h (100 mi/h), with higher gusts, Irene is now a cat 2 on Saffir-Simpson scale.

Winds extend outward up to 85 km (55 mi) from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 mi) of the center.

For its part the civil protection reports that there are strong winds in the Northeast, especially in the mountains and heavy rain in the region. At the level of Grand'Anse the sea is rough, especially to the Cayemites Islands (Iles Cayemites). To Vallière and to Mont-Organisé the road is blocked due to landslides. In the Northwest there are intermittent rain on Turtle Island (Ile de la Tortue) Anse-à-Foleur, Saint-Louis du Nord and moderate flooding of the Trois-Rivières. The city of Cap-Haitien began recording heavy rainfall.

The Centre National Centre for Meteorology (CNM) indicates that the passage of Irene on the country today can produce between 100 to 150 millimeters of rain in the plains and 150 to 250 millimeters on the mountainous areas of north of Haiti.

The National Meteorology Centre in conjunction with the Maritime and Navigation Service of Haiti (SEMANAH) prohibits cabotage operations throughout the north coast of Haiti until further notice. This measure of restriction could be extended on the southern coast and the Gulf of Gonave in the coming hours.

CNM in conjunction with the National Office of Civil Aviation (OFNAC) and the National Airports Authority (ANN) also prohibits flights from the airports of Cap Haitien, Port de Paix and Hinche until further notice.

Following the current trajectory, Irene is located at:

191 km (119 mi) of Cap Haïtien
233 km (145 mi) of Saint-Louis-du-Nord
244 km (151 mi) of Port-de-Paix
252 km (157 mi) of the Gonaïves
284 km (176 mi) of Jean Rabel
302 km (188 mi) of Môle Saint-Nicolas

HL/ HaitiLibre

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