HAITI: Category 3 Hurricane Maria (as of 21 September 2017)
Hurricane Maria, which remains a Category 3 major hurricane on the scale-Saffir Simpson, was located this morning (Thursday 21 September 21 2017) near the north-east coast of the Dominican Republic. It continued its slow movement in the direction of north-west with a speed of 15km/h. This trajectory exempts Haiti from the direct effects of the cyclone. However, the stormy rainfall associated with it might cause moderate to strong flooding in the country, particularly in the departments of the Nord-Est, Nord, Centre and Upper Artibonite. These regions could receive between 100 and 200mm of rainfall during the cyclone's passage off the northern coast and dangerous sea conditions for the northern coastal areas with waves up to 10 to 14 feet.