Another tropical storm bypassed country and headed north

The country has dodged another tropical storm that may grow into a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Emily is predicted to reach the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, later today. The storm had been off the coast of Venezuela but is now moving west northwest, according to the U.S. Hurricane Information Center. The speed was estimated at 14 mph. The track was just 15 degrees west of due north.

The news is particularly bad for Haiti, where thousands of people still live in tent camps after a devastating earthquake in January 2010.

At midnight the storm was 130 miles or 210 kilometers south southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico, said the center.

Forecasts for Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and
Haiti predict up to 15 centimeters of rain, perhaps as much as 12 inches.

Meanwhile, in the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Eugene has become a Category Two storm on the one-to-five scale of hurricane intensity. The storm is predicted to strengthen somewhat in the coming hours, but it is far out at sea and moving northwest, away from the Mexican coast.

There is more good news from the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional. The weather institute said that windy conditions over the country would reduce the rain in the Central Valley and in Guanacaste today. So the morning should be hot and cloudy. Downpours still are expected in the afternoon, mainly in the central and south Pacific coasts. The Central Valley should see more winds and little rain, said the institute.

There was some rain Tuesday, but by evening the skies had cleared. That was a big break for the pilgrims who still are at the basilica in Cartago.

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