Governor Rosselló cautions it's time to be at home or in a safe shelter
(September 6, 2017 – San Juan) Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló cautioned that citizens should be sheltered by Wednesday at noon in their homes or in one of the shelters provided by the Government, after the National Hurricane Center's latest report placed Hurricane Irma closer to the local area.
Meanwhile, the chief executive requested the US Department of Defense to activate the Army National Guard for recovery efforts following the hurricane's passage through Puerto Rico.
According to the National Weather Service (SNM, for its Spanish acronym), Hurricane Irma's trajectory was adjusted to the south, which is why it will pass approximately 30 miles north of San Juan between 6:00 p. m. and 8:00 p. m.
The system continues its movement at 16 miles per hour with winds of 185 miles per hour.
The municipality of Culebra will receive a direct impact of hurricane winds near 4:00 p. m.
There is an estimated rainfall of 4 to 10 inches, with isolated areas that could register up to 16 inches of rainfall.
At the moment, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported approximately 285,167 customers without service, or 18.2% of its customers.
Likewise, the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) reported approximately 4,486 customers without service, or 2.24% of its customers, mostly due to interruptions in the electricity service.
According to the Puerto Rico Police Department, up until noon there were approximately 990 refugees and 110 pets in the shelters.