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It is expected to continue into Tuesday morning, increasing the possibility of thunderstorms, mainly in the Pacific Coast
and the northern zone of the country. - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photo -

Published Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thunderstorms alert due to new
tropical wave crossing the country

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

The National Emergency Commission alerts about the passage of another new Tropical Wave over the country, this is number 54 of the green season.

According to the authorities, the natural phenomenon caused atmospheric instability on Monday afternoon. It is expected to continue into Tuesday morning, increasing the possibility of thunderstorms, mainly in the Pacific Coast (Puntarenas Province) and the northern zone of the country (Guanacaste Province and northern Alajuela Province).

The specialists of the Meteorological Institute forecast increased rains due to the entry of the new tropical wave, the warm temperatures in the morning and the entry of sea breezes.

The heaviest rainfall is forecast to affect the Pacific Coast regions, expecting up to a registered rainfall between 30-60 millimeters.

In the San José  Province area, the Caribbean Coast and the northern zone of the country it is expected more thunderstorms with accumulated amounts of rainfall between 20-40 millimeters.

Due to the continued rains of the past weeks, specialists warn that the soils remain with levels of water saturation that could cause landslides in the North Zone, South Pacific Coast, Nicoya Peninsula and mountains of the Central Pacific Coast.

Due to the high risk of continuous rains, specialists stress that in order to avoid accidents, damage to structures and emergencies during the green season, make sure to:

• Keep the roof of your house clean.

• Clear a path in the backyard allowing rainwater to move without problems towards the drainage, which helps to avoid damages and leaks in the house.

• Pick up the garbage so that it does not fall on the pipes or drains on the sidewalks.

• Avoid that solvents, oils, acids or corrosive liquids that can fall into the sewer pipes and deteriorate them.

• Organize the cleaning of public areas such as river banks in your community to avoid flooding.

• Report the lack of concrete caps or grids in the pipes to the Aqueduct Institute by calling 2547-6555.

Authorities call on the public to take the following precautionary measures:

• Stay informed about the alerts issued by the authorities.

• People living in mountain areas should increase precautionary measures against a possible landslide or material falling from the high areas of the hills.

• Have an emergency evacuation plan in the community, work and home.

• Drivers must increase precautions for heavy rain and fog.

• Take precautionary measures in case of electrical storms.

• Be alert in vulnerable areas to flooding due to sewer saturation or increase of river flow.

• In case of a thunderstorm, take refuge in a safe place.

• In case of strong wind gusts, be alert to possible falling tree branches or electrical cables.

• In the event of a landslide, do not walk on the debris, stay away from affected areas, and do not return home until authorities verify that it is a safe place.

Authorities ask for the people in Costa Rica to call 911 to report any possible flooding, fallen trees or landslides.

A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this alert with their contacts.

What emergencies have you heard of due to the thunderstorms in your community?  
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