Clouds roll over Dominican Republic as Isaac approaches
Local 10's Janine Stanwood reports from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Clouds rolled over the Dominican Republic as Tropical Storm Isaac approached on Thursday.
It's a country hardened and wiser from past storms.
In 1979, Hurricane David was a monster that still haunts residents here. One of the deadliest storms in recent history, David is still the only hurricane to make landfall on the Dominican Republic as a Category 5.
But many, like hotel worker Neuris Lorenzo, remember another storm -- Georges in 1998.
"It surprised me. Because I spent three days in the hotel, and then when I went out, I see the city, like, destroyed. Everything. I felt very sad," Lorenzo said.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic to the Haiti-Dominican border. A hurricane warning is also in effect for Haiti.
On Thursday, some tourists at the international airport in Santo Domingo scrambled to get back home. A few, like Lisa Torricelli and her friends from Vermont, decided to stick with their vacation plans.
"We're going to make the best of it," she said.
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