Warning extended for Pacific coast

Emergency officials have extended the warning for choppy seas on the Pacific coast to Thursday. The agency said that high winds will continue until at least that day.

The original warning came Thursday from the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología at the Universidad de Costa Rica. The highest seas were expected to be today about 5 p.m. in the Puntarenas area.

There also are warnings for the Gulf of Nicoya where similar winds and waves caused the sinking of a large tourist catamaran with the loss of three lives and with 106 persons dumped in the water earlier this month.

The emergency commission predicted winds of up to 25 knots.

Winds have been strong throughout the country over the weekend. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that there were gusts up to 75 kph in the mountains around the Central Valley and in the north Pacific Sunday. That’s about 47 mph.

The weather institute also predicted a continuation of chilly temperatures at night.

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