Wrecking Puerto Rico, doesn’t mean much in the resort of Costablanca in the Dominican Republic!
Thankfully, Dr. Luis Asilis has almost made Costablanca bullet proof. Hurricane Maria, that made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday and has left 3.5 million people on the island without power. Maria, which was a category three storm lashed out at the Dominican Republic further to the west. There has been some flooding in the capital. But no further destruction tendencies. Overall Santo Domingo weathered the Hurricane well with the island being lashed by heavy rains only. Most of the activity and the eye of the storm was approximately 95 miles off the coast near Punta Cana. Maria headed towards the Turks and Caicos Islands and gained additional strength.
Maria became the first Category 4 storm to direct-strike Puerto Rico since 1932 – the strongest storm in 80 years. The grid is down and the storm has been described the hurricane as “the most devastating storm in over a century.” Apparently, the electricity grid so badly that it could take years to restore power; anywhere from 4 months to 48 months.
Costablanca received heavy winds and rain, however, it managed to escape additional damage. Groupmetro’s executives appear to be relieved at how well the resort withstood potential catastrophe. Some wandering local resident of Juan Dolio indicated that, “God is with us, to be true and we are stronger than any hurricane. Together we will rise again and again.” Sounds like he was specifically discussing the renowned golf course at Costablanca/White Sands.
Storm Areas within Santo Domingo show flooding damage along with other minor damage to personal property.