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The bridge over the Torres River, in Uruca Canton, San Josť Province, was blocked because the water overflowed.
Photo via San Josť Municipality.

Costa Rica weather alert over tropical wave

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Published on Wednesday, May 29 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tropical wave #4 of the green season is over the country, so the National Emergency Commission issued a weather warning.

On Tuesday, the natural phenomenon was crossing Panama's Caribbean Coast, according to the National Institute of Meteorology.

Costa Rica may see a potential impact on Wednesday that could last 24 hours and persist until Thursday.

The forecast weather conditions are expected to improve on Friday.

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 the region where the northeast and southeast trade winds meet. This is due to the weather being repetitive and lacking any breeze.

Expected rainfall ranges are from 20 to 50 mm on the Caribbean Coast and the northern zone of the country. Also is forecasted from 10 to 40 mm on the Central Valley and the Pacific Coast, experts added.

A Green Alert was issued in the whole country. 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 Tuesday, no Yellow, Orange, or Red weather warnings have been issued.

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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