Alert issued for high seas along the Pacific coast

Costa Rica’s emergency commission issued an alert Tuesday that residents on the Pacific Coast should expect to experience high seas for the next three days.

Commission data indicates that waves could reach 3.2 meters or nearly 10 feet in height at times from crest to trough.

People living in communities on that coast that are susceptible to tidal flooding and erosion should take extra precautions, said a press release from the commission.

The announcement came from the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias, a government body responsible for planning and managing responses to natural disasters.

The alert was issued Tuesday based on data collected from the Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología of the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The press release said that the rough seas on the Pacific Coast are a combination of high swells approaching from the south and strong winds off of the northern Pacific.

The press release highlights Estero de Puntarenas, Barrio El Carmen and Cocal in Puntarenas, Boca Vieja, Isla Damas, Playa Palo Seco and Cocal in Quepos, and Playa Azul and Corralillo in Tarcoles as communities that should take extra precautions.

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