Tropical Storm Sandy reported to be having effects here

Tropical Storm Sandy may be headed slowly north in the Caribbean at about 10 mph, but the effects still are being felt on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

The national emergency commission expressed concern Tuesday that the soil already saturated by heavy rains or five days might suffer from more rain spawned by Sandy.

In addition, Omar Lizano of the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología said that Sandy would be causing strong winds along the coast between Quepos and the Panamá border.
This condition should last until Thursday, he said, according to the emergency commission. The emergency agency also warned of a heavy sea arriving on the Pacific coast today as a result of storms around New Zealand.

The emergency commission, correctly the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias, said that there were some slides in rural roads that cut off residents in the vicinity of San Isidro de Santa María de Dota. There also were problems in Pérez Zeledón, San José and Acosta, it said.

Meanwhile, the latest depression in the mid-Atlantic, has graduated to be Tropical Storm Tony. The track of this storm, too, is estimated to be north and east.

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