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Dominican Republic President cancels UN speech, heads home to prepare for Hurricane Maria

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 3:26 PM
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina address a high-level meeting on hurricane Irma at the United Nations, on Monday. – AP Photo

Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina is cancelling his speech before the UN General Assembly so that he can return home and coordinate preparations for Hurricane Maria.

Medina said in a video announcement that he wants to be in the country and make sure all necessary steps are being taken as the storm passes close to the country.

Maria is now on track to pass northeast of the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic early Thursday.

Medina was already in New York but expects to be home by late Monday.