Winds, rain blamed on high pressure area

A high pressure area in the Caribbean is sending strong winds into Coast Rica, and the system is generating more rain for the coast and the northern zone.

The national emergency commission said that rivers on the Caribbean coast were swelling, including the Sarapiquí, Frío and Parismina. An evening report said that the Río Colorado in northeast Costa Rica already had flooded some homes in low areas.

Wind in the Central Valley and Guanacaste were expected to reach 95 kph or about 59 or 60 mph.

Rains that were falling Wednesday night on the Caribbean coast and in the northern zone were expected to continue through this morning. Amounts may be as much as 2 inches. These areas have been particularly hard hit by rain over the last week.

Lesser amounts were expected in the central and south Pacific coast, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

The weather institute issued a bulletin at 2:16 p.m. and another at 7:15 p.m.

One resident in La Garita likened the winds there to what usually takes place in January.

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