The Dominican Republic ends all COVID-19-related public health measures, including mask wearing mandates and use of vaccine passes in order to enter public places, despite not reaching 70% of its vaccination target.
The Dominican Republic's Foreign Ministry fires 781 people in various embassies.
Protests happen in major Dominican Republic cities over the election problems.
Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Effects are disastrous and the entire island loses power. Seven deaths are reported on Puerto Rico, along with two on Guadeloupe. Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló declares a 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew through Saturday. [http:--www.nhc.noaa.gov-archive-2017-al15-al152017.public_a.017.shtml (NHC)] [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-storm-maria-hurricane-maria-slams-puerto-rico-with-high-rains-storm-surge-idUSKCN1BT1RW (Reuters)] [https:--www.telegraph.co.uk-news-2017-09-20-hurricane-maria-path-latest-news-live-puerto-rico-virgin-islands- ("The Telegraph")] [https:--www.washingtonpost.com-news-post-nation-wp-2017-09-20-hurricane-maria-takes-aim-at-puerto-rico-with-force-not-seen-in-modern-history- ("The Washington Post")] [https:--www.nytimes.com-2017-09-20-us-hurricane-maria-puerto-rico.html ("The New York Times")]Now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, Maria is moving toward the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, and is forecast to affect the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas Thursday night and northern Haiti Friday. [http:--www.nhc.noaa.gov-text-refresh-MIATCPAT5+shtml-202038.shtml? (National Hurricane Center)]The National Hurricane Center predicts Puerto Rico's total rainfall through Saturday will be 20 – in inches with 35 in in isolated areas. The Virgin Islands will receive an additional 3 to in. [http:--www.nhc.noaa.gov-text-refresh-MIATCPAT5+shtml-210259.shtml? (National Hurricane Center²)] Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Maria reaches Category 5 as it threatens the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Hurricane Matthew kills at least 26 people on the island of Hispaniola; 22 in Haiti and four more in the Dominican Republic. The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts the storm, currently a Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km-h), will strengthen as it moves across the Bahamas tonight and tomorrow, and be near the east coast of Florida by tomorrow evening.
Tropical Storm Earl, now about 265 miles (425 km) east-southeast of Belize City with top sustained winds of 70 mph (110 KM-H), becomes Hurricane Earl that could produce up to 16 inches of rain by the time it hits Belize. On Sunday, then a tropical wave, Earl was responsible for nine deaths, with four people still missing, in the Dominican Republic.
Police in the Dominican Republic raid a mansion owned by 30-year-old Francisco Flores de Freites, one of the two nephews of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro facing charges for allegedly trying to traffic 800 kg of cocaine into the U.S., and found more than 280 pounds of cocaine and 22 pounds of heroin hidden inside the nephew’s posh Casa de Campo property and a 135-foot yacht named “The Kingdom” docked behind it.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic issue an alert as the number of deaths (57 this year) and cases of dengue fever continue to rise.
Haiti acknowledges the immediate international assistance it received from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela following the recent earthquake and confirms the death toll has reached 150,000.