May 13, 2021

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NMEAD monitors tropical wave evolution in the Atlantic

San Juan. The Government of the island of Puerto Rico, devastated in 2017 by Hurricane Maria, urged this Monday the citizens to be attentive to the development of a low pressure system in the Atlantic that has an 80% probability of transforming in the next few hours. in tropical storm.

"Although it is very premature to anticipate the intensity and trajectory of this system, we must remember that Puerto Rico is on the path of storms and hurricanes," the interim commissioner said in a statement. of the Bureau for Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (NMEAD), Nino Correa.

In view of the evolution of the system, which is located about 1,609 kilometers east of the Windward Islands, the easternmost of the Lesser Antilles , Correa explained that citizens must be prepared for a minimum of ten days with supplies, medicines and other essential items.

"We are in constant communication with the personnel of the National Weather Service, as well as Governor Wanda Vázquez and the first response agencies to discuss the decisions to be made, "he added.

The commissioner recommended that each household have a basic supply kit, with water , non-perishable food, face masks, medications, flashlights and batteries, among other items, and also advised special preparation for people with chronic diseases and oxygen dependents.

On the move to shelters, the official explained the importance of having an emergency backpack, with basic necessities, for each member of the family, that they can carry with them in case they need to leave home.

"We are approaching the most active part of the season of hurricanes and it is time to prepare, "he said.

With Hurricane Hanna turned into a tropical depression that discharges heavy rains in South Texas and Northeast Mexico and the tropical storm Gonzalo already dissipated in the Caribbean, the attention in the Atlantic basin is on the system that this week could become known with the Spanish name Isaías.

Puerto Rico, which is territory and Commonwealth of The United States suffered two strong hurricanes in 2017 that caused serious damage, especially Hurricane Maria, which in September of that year "destroyed" the island, leaving thousands dead and devastating infrastructure.

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