Travel insurance carriers often provide information about current events that affect coverage. This can include weather events, civil or political unrest or health warnings. Such travel alerts are available in newsletters, blogs or on the carrier’s website. The following is a travel alert from HTH on the Government warning issues for the Dominican Republic.
August 27, 2010. Government Warning Issued for Dominican Republic
SOURCE: U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo issued the following Warden Message on August 27:
The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following Warden Message to alert American citizens to forecasts that Tropical Storm Earl will develop into a hurricane while at sea over the weekend. The National Weather Service shows a projected path that could bring the storm within close proximity of Hispanola.
The National Hurricane Center reports that as of 5 a.m. August 27, Tropical Storm Earl is located about 1430 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands. It is moving toward the west near 17 mph and is forecast to become a hurricane by Saturday night (August 28, 2010). A continued motion toward the west and increase in speed and intensity is expected over the next couple of days. The system is projected to become a powerful Category 4 hurricane at some point. Category 4 hurricanes typically contain sustained winds between 131-155 mph and pose a high risk of injury or death to people, livestock and pets.
Although there are no coastal watches or warnings currently in effect, the projections show a weather system that may affect the northern part of Hispaniola later next week. U.S. citizens should monitor local radio, the National Weather Service at www.nhc.noaa.gov and local media to stay aware of any weather developments in their area. For official information from the Dominican Government regarding weather conditions, please visit the ONAMET website at www.onamet.gov.do and the COE website at www.coe.gov.do.
Please be aware that tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. Travelers should apprise family and friends in the United States of their thereabouts, and keep in close contact with their tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for evacuation instructions in the event of a weather emergency. Travelers should also protect their travel and identity documents against loss or damage, as the need to replace lost documentation could hamper or delay return to the United States.
The U.S. Embassy will update this warden message if new information becomes available. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events, weather and marine forecasts, and be aware of their surroundings at all times.
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