Dominican Republic declares red alert for rains in southern parts

13:18, July 14, 2011      

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The Dominican emergency authorities announced Wednesday a red alert for southern parts of the country after heavy rains caused by the 2011 hurricane season killed three people and displaced thousands more in recent days.

The Center for Emergency Operations (COE) said the rains have damaged at least 607 homes and about 2,408 people have been displaced.

The National Meteorological Office warned at least nine powerful storms are expected for this hurricane season.

According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, a tropical storm can be classified as a hurricane of category one when its windspeed reaches at least 119 km per hour or above. And the most powerful Category Five refers to a hurricane whose windspeed surpasses 249 km per hour.

Source: Xinhua
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