San Juan. The Puerto Rico National Guard has been activated due to the possible passage to the north of the island of the tropical storm Laura, which could bring up to 8 inches of rain, according to the Service National Meteorology Department.
"The GNPR is attentive to the passage of this tropical storm. Our personnel are alerted, our teams are pre-positioned and we are ready to attend to any need or emergency that may arise due to the passage of this atmospheric phenomenon" said the adjutant general of Puerto Rico, Major General José J. Reyes, in a statement.
After the experiences acquired after the passage of hurricanes Irma and María, the GNPR divided the island into four geographical task zones in which it has pre-positioned personnel and equipment to respond to the call for assistance from our Puerto Rican people. ueño, as was carried out several weeks ago after the passage of tropical storm Isaías.
"Since the beginning of this year we have carried out exercises with the municipalities, identifying deficiencies and establishing administrative mechanisms to minimize the bureaucratic process in in the event of an emergency and in anticipation of these situations, "indicated Reyes.
Even with all the preparation of the GNPR, Reyes emphasized that each citizen and family have the responsibility to be prepared and have a contingency plan.  "Due to the fluid nature of emergencies and their infinite variants, there is no way to have a perfect plan, but we must always have one," said Reyes.
"We have the responsibility, as citizens and members of our families, to have an emergency plan ready for this type of situation, it is the best contingency that we can execute," he concluded. [1 9659002] At 9.00 local time (13.00 GMT) the center of Laura was located 230 miles (375 km) east-southeast of the northern part of the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, while that of the depression " Catorce "was about 160 miles (255 km) from Roatán Island in Honduras.
Laura is moving in an east-northwest direction at about 21 miles per hour (33 km / h) with maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour (75 km / h).
At the end of the day it is expected to move near or over the northern part of the Leeward Islands, on Saturday near or over the northern part of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rich. EFE