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Experts advise to people living in mountain areas should take preventive measures against a possible landslide or material falling from the hills.   / Photo via Municipality of Cartago Province.

Costa Rica under Yellow Alert  over new tropical wave

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Published on Thursday, June 6, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tropical Wave #7 of the green season is expected to impact Costa Rica on Monday, prompting the National Emergency Commission to upgrade the weather alert level to Yellow throughout the country.

 Photo via the National Institute of Meteorology.

According to the National Institute of Meteorology, the natural phenomenon was crossing over the Venezuela Caribbean Coast on Wednesday night and it is anticipated to affect Costa Rica early next week.

Costa Rica may get further rainfall on Monday, which might persist for 24 hours to Tuesday. The predicted weather conditions are expected to improve by Wednesday.

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 Caribbean Coast and in the northern zone of the provinces of Heredia, Alajuela and Guanacaste. In the Nicoya Peninsula rains are expected to range between 20 and 100 mm. In the Central Valley ( the provinces of San Josť and Cartago) and the Pacific Coast ( Puntarenas Province) rains might range from 20 to 40 mm.

The country is under Yellow Alert. This second-level alert is a warning to rescue staff to be ready for a large-scale natural phenomenon that is forming and is almost certain to impact on that area.

As of Wednesday, no green, orange, or red weather warnings have been issued.

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.  

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