Despite some damage, country seems to fare well

Yellow area is the low pressure moving north. Hurricane Jova and Tropical Storm Irwin threaten México. U.S. National Hurricane Center graphic

The nation’s weather experts say the worst of the latest series of storms may be over, but there still has been damage.

The Nicoya peninsula was hit the hardest. A resident there reported 8.58 inches from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday on top of 3.55 inches that fell earlier.

The national emergency commission said that the gravel route between Paquera and Playa Naranjo on the peninsula was damaged with various slides. In the Roman Catholic church in Rio Grande de Paquera some 25 persons were being housed. In La Esperanza de Cóbano a bridge collapsed. In Santa Cecilia de Paquera some farm animals died when caught in a flood, the commission said.

There were 36 homes flooded in Nicoya and 20 in Nosara in addition to 15 near the airport there. A total of five shelters held 138 persons on the peninsula alone.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias upgraded its alert at midday for the central and north Pacific coast due to damage reported earlier.

The commission also said that rains were moving into the northern Caribbean. The commission said that the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional was concerned by heavy rains in the early evening over most of the country.

There also were shelters set up in Parrita, Bagaces and Filadelfia with several dozen persons in each.

Nevertheless, the meteorology institute said at 7 p.m. that a low pressure area in the Pacific was having minimal effect on the country and that the weather situation would return to normal for today. The institute added that a number of rivers were rising, including some on the Caribbean side. Cited were the Pacuare, Orosi, Chirripó and Sixaola. On the Pacific coast only the Río Buena Vista in Rivas was a concern, it said

The low pressure area was moving slowly north and was off Guatemala late Tuesday.

Rains in the Central Valley appeared to stop around 11 p.m.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said there was damage to 11 roads, but added that only in Río Claro was a stretch under water. That is Ruta 2. In most cases the damage did not prevent traffic, it said. The ministry’s Consejo Nacional de Vialidad had machinery at work in many areas clearing the debris from slides. Work was being done in Garabito on the central Pacific coast, in Aserri, Tarbaca, Chirraca and Palmichal in the province of San José, in Hojancha and Nandayure on the Nicoya peninsula and in Turrubares and Puriscal,

The weather institute said that Liberia received 117.3 millimeters of rain or about 4.6 inches through 7 a.m. Tuesday and 6.3 millimeters (.24 inches) thereafter. Santa Rosa in the north Pacific received 172.2 millimeters (6.8 inches) by 7 a.m. And 25.1 millimeters (.99 of an inch) thereafter.

The rains were more modest in the Central Valley. Juan Santamaría airport in Alajuela reported 49.6 millimeters (1.95 inches) by 7 a.m. Tuesday and 41.4 millimeters (1.6 inches) thereafter. Guápiles reported 65.3 millimeters or 2.6 inches in the period beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The weather institute predicted a return to a hot morning today along the coast with moderate rain developing later.

However, tonight is expected to be stable with rain just in some of the mountains, it said.

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