The government offered a press conference this afternoon in which it anticipated that the atmospheric disturbance moving towards the Antilles is expected to bring 4 to 6 inches of rain, but asked the population for some time to wait for the information brought by a hurricane hunter plane that would fly over the system around 1:00 pm, then be able to offer more accurate information and the directives to follow.
At the moment, the exact time had not been given when the press conference would be given to offer the official directives on the meteorological system.
As explained by Nino Correa, acting commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (Nmead), the system is about 400 miles wide and has It has been a challenge for meteorologists to determine its trajectory and possible impact. For this reason, they have been cautious when issuing the information and want to wait for the data brought by the plane.
However, Correa was emphatic that no one should think that this system is going to be something like Hurricane Maria.
“We do not want for the world to be compared to Maria. It is not going to be like this, ”said Correa. “But we will have a lot of rain.”
He also stated that the government is taking all measures to prepare shelters and added that any plan that is made must take into account the tremors that continue in the southwest area and the COVID pandemic -19.
"Remember that we are at the peak of the hurricane season, and that we already know that it will be very active, and you must have your family plan," insisted the renowned rescue worker.
"But above everything, with your heart in your hand, you have to stay calm. We want to be clear where more water will fall, from what day, to when, "added Correa. "If they passed us it would be 4 to six inches of rain. And for preparation purposes, if you live in a flood zone, then you must prepare. And the mayors are already doing it. ”
Although the system that advances west through the Atlantic Ocean has not yet been named, at 11:00 a.m. the National Hurricane Center (CNH) began to issue warning bulletins about the possible tropical cyclone nine that is approaching the Antilles.
For this reason, meteorological alerts were issued for many of the islands in the area, including the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Currently, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra are under tropical storm warning.
The system, has winds of about 40 mph, and moves west at about 15 to 20 mph. It is forecast to have winds near 50 mph when it is closer to Puerto Rico.
Forecasts place its possible trajectory crossing the Island of Puerto Rico, entering Yabucoa and leaving Hatillo.
The Federal Agency for the Emergency Management (FEMA) and the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (Nmead) recommend having supplies of food and water for at least 10 days, for each family member, as well as pets.