The rains returns for both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts

The Caribbean and the northern zone just can’t get a break.

The national emergency commission imposed an alert on the Caribbean,  Sarapiquí and Turrialba Monday afternoon in expectation of more rain.

Highway officials said at mid-afternoon that Ruta 32, the main San José-Limón road, was closed again due to a series of landslides. The alternate route to the northern zone, Ruta 126 through Vera Blanca, also was closed by slides. Officials said they hoped to get Ruta 32 reopened today.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the instability in the weather came from the passage of another tropical wave and that this affected the central and south Pacific and the Nicoya peninsula.

The weather institute said that a low pressure area at Panamá was likely to move into Costa Rican territory early today and bring more rain to the Pacific coast.

During Monday that area got up to two inches of rain. About the same amount was expected over night.

Still, the real concern was for northeastern Costa Rica that had been soaked again over the weekend.

The weather institute in an evening report said that up to 2.5 inches had fallen over 12 hours in the Caribbean and the northern zone and that more was expected overnight

The emergency commission said that up to four inches could be expected in the mountains.

Strong winds were predicted for the Central Valley.

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