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Experts advise being aware for flood-prone locations due to sewage saturation or increased river flow.
Photo via Municipality of Montes de Oca Emergency Commission.

Costa Rica raises weather alert over two tropical waves

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Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two new tropical waves, the 12th and 13th of the green season, are predicted to hit Costa Rica this week, pushing the National Emergency Commission to raise the weather alert level to Orange in more provinces.

On Monday, the 12th tropical wave was located over the Panama Caribbean Coast and is likely to hit Costa Rica today, according to the National Institute of Meteorology.

The country could experience even more downpours on Tuesday, which might continue for 24 hours to Wednesday.

Specialists are monitoring the 13th tropical wave, located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands near Suriname Atlantic Coast on Monday. The storms might reach the country by Friday and last until Saturday.

The projected weather conditions should improve by Sunday.

Furthermore, the rain has intensified as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ICZ) spans the Central American Pacific Coast and crosses into the Caribbean Coast.

The ICZ, often known as the doldrums or the calms, is where the northeast and southeast trade winds meet. This is due to the weather being repetitive and lacking any breeze.

Rainfall is expected to vary from 20 to 80 mm on the  Pacific Coast (Guanacaste and Puntarenas).

In the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago rains may continue between 20 and 60 mm.

Caribbean Coast (Limón Province) rains are expected to range between 20 and 50 mm.

The provinces of Guanacaste, Puntarenas, San José, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago are under an Orange Alert.

This third-level awareness advises rescue organizations to be on high alert if it is certain that an event or natural phenomenon will cause harm in the
aforementioned locations and affect people. Furthermore, there must be a historical record of occurrences so that appropriate action may be taken to avoid and mitigate the impact on the population before emergencies occur.

The Limón Province is under Green Alert. This first-level of warning directs emergency committees to keep informed of how the natural event is developing. It indicates that there is an elevated probability that an emergency will develop nearby.

As of Monday, no yellow or red weather warnings have been issued.

However, the weather phenomenon known as "Veranito de San Juan," connected to the "Dog Days of Summer" in North America, was expected to provide sunny days to most of the country,

According to specialists, Costa Rica might be hit by three tropical cyclones this year.

Experts recommend the following preventive measures:

In the case of downpours, stay away from rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.

People living in mountain areas should take preventive measures against a possible landslide or material falling from the hills.

Those under alert should have an emergency evacuation plan in their community, work and home.

Drivers must increase precautions for heavy rain and fog.

Take precautionary measures in
case of thunderstorms, such as taking refuge in a safe place and avoiding direct use of electronic equipment, electrical appliances or electrical cords.

Stay alert about vulnerable areas to flooding due to sewer saturation or an increase in river flow.

In case of strong gusts of wind, be on alert for possible falling trees or electrical wires.

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.

Stay informed about the alerts issued by authorities.

Call 911 to report any possible flooding, fallen trees or landslides.

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

What have you heard about other communities impacted by excessive rain?
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