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Hurricane Beryl will not impact Costa Rica

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Published on Monday, July 1, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to the National Institute of Meteorology, systems tracking Hurricane Beryl's course across the Caribbean Sea indicate that it is unlikely to have a significant impact on Costa Rica's climate.

The category 4 storm is expected to approach the Caribbean Sea on Monday. The cyclone would then move over the northern Caribbean Sea from Tuesday to Friday, passing through Jamaica and the Gulf of Honduras.

The hurricane's closest approach to Costa Rica might occur between Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

"Given this expected course, Beryl will have no direct impact on Costa Rica," the experts said in its statement. "However, given the advanced nature of this scenario, the Institute maintains close continuous surveillance and will keep the country updated on any potential indirect impacts."

Currently, the National Emergency Commission holds the weather alert level to Orange in almost all of the country.

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 Sunday, no yellow or red weather warnings have been issued.

Costa Rica might be hit by three tropical cyclones this year, experts said.

According to The Weather Channel, Hurricane Beryl made a historic landfall in the Windward Islands on Monday, bringing destructive winds, storm surge and flooding rainfall. Thereafter, the hurricane faces an uncertain future in the Caribbean Sea and southwest Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, Beryl made landfall just after 11 a.m. EDT over the Grenadan island of Carriacou with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. Among only two other Category 4 hurricanes in history near Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Beryl was the strongest by wind speed.

The National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. EDT Monday advisory cited "multiple reports of downed trees, flooded streets, power outages and storm surge flooding in the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados and Tobago."

After briefly weakening to a Category 3 overnight following an eyewall replacement cycle, the hurricane once again returned to Category 4 strength Monday morning.

I​ts wind field grew larger since Sunday, with hurricane-force winds now extending out up to 40 miles from Beryl's center. While its eyewall passed south of Barbados, a 69 mph gust was clocked early Monday at Grantley Adams International Airport, the island's major airport.

Hurricane warnings continue for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands, Grenada and Tobago.

A​ narrow corridor of devastating wind damage is expected where Beryl's eyewall moves over the Grenadines and Grenada as it enters the Caribbean today. L​ife-threatening storm surge and rainfall flooding is also expected in these areas through today.

A​ hurricane watch has been issued for Jamaica and a tropical storm watch remains in effect for the south coast of Haiti and southwest coast of the Dominican Republic.

After moving on from the Windward Islands, we expect Beryl to take a general west-northwest track in the Caribbean Sea through the rest of this week.

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