Low pressure area strengthens but is moving to the northwest

That low pressure area in the western Caribbean turned into a tropical depression over the weekend and proceeded to drive more rain into Costa Rica.

The depression is causing troubles in Costa Rica, but it is advancing toward the Gulf of Honduras and bringing even more rain to the other Central American states where scores died in flooding and slides last week.

The depression is called Rina, and the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said at 9 p.m. that it would continue to affect the weather here through today. The weather system was moving north northwest.

The weather institute reported up to two inches of rain in the Central Valley in its 9 p.m. report. Rain continued for at least two more hours. But most areas received a lot less rain than on
Saturday. In many places the already saturated soil could not take much more.

The rain forced the closing of Ruta 2 at Cerro de La Muerte, said the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency.

Also closed was the road to Volcán Irazú, Ruta 219, because of landslides. They were among the 35 routes that have been closed, up from 18 Friday. There also are 118 stretches with some form of restrictions.

The roads that are closed are mainly in Santa Cruz, Carrillo and other parts of the Guanacaste province. There also are some closed roads in Tillarán and even one in Santa Bárbara de Heredia, Parrita, Buenos Aires, Desamparados and Pursical. The problems include slides, flooding and collapsed roadways.

The phone lines 2202-5577 and 2202-5567 still are available for motorists to check up on road conditions.

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