Wind and rains lash Caribbean, valley and northern zone

Rains spawned by a cold front that moved in from the north have flooded sections of the province of Limón.

The national emergency commission said that it has issued an alert for the region that extends from Sarapiquí in the north to Talamanca in the south.

In addition the commission reported roofs torn off at least 10 homes in Pococí. Informal reports said there was extensive wind damage to banana plants in the area. A few families were in public shelters.

A lesser alert was issued for San Carlos, Los Chiles, Guatuso and Upala.

Rain in the Caribbean mountains caused levels to rise in the rios Reventazón, Sixaola and Chirripó. Higher levels caused flooding in Matina, Estrada, Baltimore and some of the communities in the Talamanca. Some banana plantations were flooded, too, said the commission.
The Cantón de Turrialba was hard hit with flooding and landslides, said the commission. A slide Tuesday night. closed the main Ruta 32 between San José and Limón for 16 hours north of the capital, said highway officials.

The cold front moved in from México’s Yucatan and is expected to influence the weather through Saturday.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that gusts were reported up to 60 kph in the Central Valley. But there was little rain. Elsewhere there were gusts of 80 kph. That’s from 37 to 50 mph.

During the 24 hours ending at 7 p.m. Wednesday there were rains of up to 50 millimeters in the Caribbean mountains, the institute said. That was about 2 inches.

The weather report added that there would be high winds in Guanacaste as well as the Central Valley and the mountains today. The weather institute urged precautions.

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