As the people of Haiti desperately search for survivors of a devastating earthquake, the threat of another natural disaster looms over the island.
tropical Storm Grace is expected to pass over Haiti On Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. A tropical storm watch was issued, and the center advised people on the island to watch the path of the storm, which could cause heavy rain and bring strong winds to Haiti.
Robby Berg, a hurricane specialist at the center, said Saturday that the quake could increase the chance of mudslides.
“It could have moved some land and soil, which could make mudslides more common,” he said.
The storm wrapped around Puerto Rico on Sunday and was making its way directly over the Dominican Republic, Haiti and then Cuba before heading north toward the US Gulf Coast. high rain And Strong wind to Haiti early Monday morning, although the peninsula is currently expected to avoid the worst of the storm. However, floods across the country, as well as mudslides, remains a possibility over the next few days.
Many of those injured by the earthquake are being evacuated to Port-au-Prince, which may be directly affected by the storm’s fury.
The storm formed in the eastern Caribbean on Saturday morning, as the earthquake hit the western Haiti Peninsula. It’s the seventh identified storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, and comes after several days of flooding and power outages unleashed by this week’s tropical storm. unique, which weakened to a tropical depression.