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Experts advise being aware for flood-prone locations due to sewage saturation or increased river flow.
Photo via Municipality of Garabito Canton (Puntarenas Province) Emergency Commission.

New tropical wave reaches Costa Rica

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Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new tropical wave, the 15th of the green season, is anticipated to reach Costa Rica today.

On Monday, the storm was located near the Panama Caribbean Coast and is likely to hit Costa Rica on Tuesday, according to the National Institute of Meteorology.

The country could experience even more downpours on Tuesday, July 2, which might continue for 24 hours to Wednesday, July 3. The projected weather conditions should improve by Thursday, July 4.

Furthermore, rain has increased as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ICZ) spans from the Central American Pacific Coast and extends into the Caribbean Coast. It is commonly referred to as the doldrums or the calms, and it occurs when the northeast and southeast trade winds converge, resulting in a lack of breeze.

Rainfall is expected to vary from 30 to 80 mm on the Pacific Coast (Guanacaste and Puntarenas).

Showers may continue between 10 and 30 mm in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago.

In the Caribbean Coast (Limón Province), rains are expected to range between 10 and 45 mm.

The National Emergency Commission holds the weather warning level at Orange in certain regions.

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.

According to the experts, 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.


Additionally, 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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