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Tropical Storm Laura Local Statement Intermediate Advisory Number 13A
National Weather Service San Juan PR  AL132020
238 AM AST Sun Aug 23 2020

This product covers Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

**Tropical Storm Laura Has Left the Area--The Tropical Storm Warning 
 Has Been Cancelled**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 270 miles west of San Juan PR or about 190 miles west of 
      Mayaguez PR
    - 18.6N 70.1W
    - Storm Intensity 50 mph
    - Movement West-northwest or 285 degrees at 16 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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The center of Tropical Storm Laura, is now 15 miles west northwest of 
Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic. Only a few rain showers remain
in the local area over land, although the southern part of the Mona 
passage is showing light to moderate rainfall. Winds are subsiding. 
Some weakness in steep slopes may remain due to saturated soils and 
continued runoff from previous heavy rains. Otherwise no further 
impacts from Tropical Storm Laura are expected. The Tropical Storm 
Warning has been cancelled.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Little to no additional wind impacts expected.

    - Community officials are now assessing the extent of actual wind 
      impacts accordingly.
    - Emergency response teams are attending to casualty situations 
      as needed.
    - Emergency work crews are restoring essential community 
      infrastructure as necessary.
    - If you have an emergency dial 9 1 1.

* SURGE:
Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across Puerto Rico 
and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Additional impacts from flooding rain are still a concern across Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from showers and thunderstorms that
will develop today. Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood
waters having further impacts of extensive potential.

* TORNADOES:
No impacts are anticipated at this time across Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
Do not return to evacuated areas until it is safe. Listen for the all-
clear signal from local authorities.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

If your home or shelter was damaged, be alert to the smell of natural 
gas leaks and cautious around exposed electrical wiring, broken 
glass, jagged metal and wood, and protruding nails and screws.

Be a good neighbor and check on those living next to you. Be 
neighborly and lend a helping hand.

Those who rode out the storm away from their home or business are 
likely anxious to return. However, allow some time for work crews to 
make a clear path for emergency vehicles. Downed power lines and 
trees may be blocking roads and flood waters may have washed out or 
overspread sections of key travel routes. Traffic lights may also be 
out of service.

Do not go sightseeing within impacted communities simply to observe 
storm damage. Sightseers can interfere with the timeliness of rescuers 
and first responders to needlessly jeopardize lives.

When inspecting damage, use flashlights rather than candles or flamed 
lighting. Be aware of sparks that can ignite leaking gas or other 
flammables.

When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chain saws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. Use 
these tools according to operating manuals and safety instruction. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roof tops can be 
especially challenging. If you are not in good health or unsure about 
what you are doing, have someone else with tree cutting experience do 
the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following 
instructions by the manufacturer. Make sure that the generator is run 
in a well ventilated space.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in San Juan PR regarding the 
effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

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