September 14, 2004
  • DR spared by hurricanes, so far
  • Tourist bound for Jamaica sent to DR
  • The season is not over
  • DR1 hurricane coverage
DR spared by hurricanes, so far
Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan, the three big storms affecting the Atlantic Basin area this year, have spared the DR. As the big storms make their way west, after originating usually along the west coast of Africa, the Caribbean is on the way and hurricanes are part of fall in this region. This year, the storms have been especially strong, with major damages reported in the islands of Bahamas (Frances), Grenada, Jamaica and Cayman Islands (Ivan), in addition to Florida. The DR has been on the track of the storms, but as these make their way to the west, changes in course have led the storms to divert from the island so far.
Tourist bound for Jamaica sent to DR
Some 2,000 British tourists bound for Jamaica were rerouted to resorts in the Dominican Republic. Tourists that would have vacationed in Jamaica, and others that were in Jamaica were flown out to the DR. Aerodom, that manages the Puerto Plata and Las Americas international airports, assisted the tour operators by reducing airport fees.
The plus side of storms being in September is that the month is the low season for the tourism industry, and thus there is time to clean up and fix up in time for the start of the winter season, as November comes closer. This should be the case for hotels in Bahamas, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and areas in Cuba. This happened in the DR in 1998 when Category 3 Georges, hit, primarily affecting eastern hotels. While landscaping is definitely affected and takes longer to return to normal, in many cases, the insurance money can prove to be a bonanza for a property that needed renovations.
The season is not over
The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic is not over. September is the peak month for hurricanes in the Caribbean. While Ivan is no longer a threat to the Caribbean, affecting the Caribbean, and already, another storm, which would be named as Jeanne as soon as it increases its intensity. The stormís track has it on a WNW track that would bring it to cross over Puerto Rico and pass to the north of the Dominican northeastern coast. September is the peak month for hurricanes in the DR, with 9 out of 11 hurricanes that have affected the island happening in September. The hurricane season lasts from June to November. See http://dr1.com/weather/hurricanes.shtml
DR1 hurricane coverage
For all those interested in following the storms from a Dominican perspective, dr1.com features the most comprehensive information site with updates 24 hours/7 days a week. From the moment these are in the neighborhood, DR1 correspondents check in to share their forecasts and analysis of what all the weather jargon means and what is the likelihood of any of the DRís coasts being affected. See http://dr1.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=34

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