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Friday, August 21, 2015

Puerto Rico News Digest For August 21, 2015


Hurricane Danny, now with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, is ex-
pected to reach the southern coast of Puerto Rico sometime early on Tues-
day. As of today's 5 AM advisory from the National Weather Service, Da-
nny is located at 13.7N 47.4W, about 985 miles east of the Leeward Islan-
ds. It is moving to the west/northwest at about 10 mph, and has a minim-
um central pressure of 987 mb. Danny is a small hurricane, with hurrica-
ne force winds extending outwards only about 10 miles from its center.
Some strengthening is expected today, but the storm will likely weaken
during Saturday. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at
this time. Keep checking this blog and our Twitter feed for more on Hu-
rricane Danny.

11:00 AM UPDATE: Danny strengthens to 105 mph maximum sustai-
ned winds, becoming a Category 2 hurricane. It is still moving WNW at
10 mph, with more of a westerly turn expected on Saturday. Pressure has
dropped to 976 mb. Coordinates are 14.0N 48.2W, about 930 miles east
of the Leeward Islands. The next advisory will be issued by the National
Weather Service at 5:00 PM.

2:00 PM UPDATE: Hurricane Hunter aircraft are reporting that Danny's
maximum sustained winds have increased to 115 mph, making this a
category 3 hurricane. The National Weather Service states: "No additio-
nal intensification is expected, as Danny is moving into an area of unfavo-
rable upper-level winds, and a weakening trend is expected to begin later
today.  Consequently, no adjustment to the forecast intensities from the
previous advisory is required". Current coordinates: 14.3N 48.6W, about
900 miles east of the Leeward Islands.


From NBC News:

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack declared
an additional six municipalities in Puerto Rico as natural disaster areas
due to worsening drought conditions. The municipalities affected include
Corozal, Morovis, Naranjito, Orocovis, Toa Alta, and Vega Alta. The ann-
ouncement comes in the wake of several other drought disaster declarati-
ons by Secretary Vilsack, bringing the total to 36 affected  municipali-
ties on the island.


The House of Representatives paid tribute Thursday to José Ronaldo 
"Rony" Jarabo Álvarez for his work and political, cultural and social 
contribution to Puerto Rico. In celebrating the occasion of his 30th 
anniversary since presiding the chamber, an act was held in the Capi-
tol. It was attended by Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, former Gov. 
Rafael Hernández Colón, Senate President Eduardo Bhatia Gautier, 
Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi and House Speaker Jaime Pe-
relló Borrás. The governor spoke of the body of work developed by 
the politician, who chaired the House from 1985 to 1992. The gover-
nor said the vision and optimism that characterizes the former House 
speaker is the same that inspires him "to seek unity, alliances and con-
vergence to meet the challenges the country faces today."


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Carraízo is at 33.90 meters, while La Plata stands at 34.69 meters.
Both reservoirs serve the San Juan metro area. Hurricane Danny is
expected to bring considerable rain with it early next week, which
may help boost reservoir levels. Users served by both Carraízo and
La Plata are currently under water rationing plans.

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