British holidaymakers in the Dominican Republic have been warned of a potential hurricane hitting the island from today (Tuesday).
Tropical Storm Franklin is forecast to bring “hazardous” weather conditions across the Dominica Republic and Haiti and may develop into a hurricane.
The alert was issued in updated Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice as the storm was reported to be less than 300 miles south of the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo with maximum winds of 50mph.
However, the tropical storm is forecast to strengthen before making landfall with forecasts of between 10-15 inches of rain.
The FCDO said: “The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November.
“In the Caribbean this frequently coincides with heavy rains, which may cause flash floods and landslides.
“Tropical Storm Franklin is forecast to bring hazardous weather conditions across the Dominican Republic from around Tuesday, 22 August and may develop into a hurricane.
“Follow the advice of local authorities and your tour operator, including any evacuation orders.”
Three tropical storms were reported by US media to be swirling through the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean.
Franklin formed Sunday and was dropping heavy rain over parts of Puerto Rico on Monday.
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