Storms still likely today, but improvement predicted

The Central Valley got another inch and a half of rain Wednesday night, and today is expected to be another day of unstable weather with a low pressure area in the Pacific nearby. However, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that rain would begin to diminish.

The rains were heavier Tuesday with the central Pacific getting up to 80 millimeters, more than three inches, according to the weather institute.

Most of the Central Valley rain fell after 2 p.m. San José saw 35 millimeters or about 1.4 inches. Pavas received 38.5 millimeters or 1.5 inches. Santa Bárbara de Heredia got 26.6 millimeters, a bit more than an inch, in a storm that lasted until 10 p.m.

The national emergency commission said its geologists were inspecting areas where there had been problems earlier in the week. In one case, a pipe had been installed that was too small for the flow, so water flooded the neighborhood.

In another case, a family constructed a home over a sewer line and suffered flooding when the line backed up.

Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias also issued a list of preventative measures. The country has yet to experience October, which is generally the month with the most rain. So more flooding and problems are expected.

Things could be much worse. Looting broke out in the flooded Mexican beach resort of Acapulco as the government Wednesday struggled to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by some of the worst storm damage in decades.

Stores were ransacked by looters who carried off everything from televisions to Christmas decorations, after floodwaters wreaked havoc in the Pacific port that has borne the brunt of torrential rains that have killed at least 57 people across México.

Tens of thousands of people have been trapped in the aftermath of two tropical storms that hammered vast swaths of México. More than one million people have been affected, and Acapulco’s airport terminal was under water. Shops were plundered in the upscale neighborhood of Diamante, home to luxury hotels and plush apartments, where dozens of cars were ruined by muddy brown floodwaters. Marines were posted outside stores to prevent further theft.

The rains were spawned by two tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, that converged on Mexico from the Pacific and the Gulf, triggering flash floods that washed away homes and caused landslides in eastern Mexico.

Manuel strengthened to a tropical storm again on the Pacific coast Wednesday, moving northwest toward the Baja California peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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