First storm of year also brings winds

Parts of the country got the first big storm of the year Tuesday.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that from 100 to 125 millimeters of rain were recorded at Cariblanco and Sarapiquí. That’s about three to five inches.

The precipitation in the lower levels of the Central Valley were limited to what Costa Ricans call pelo de gato, something slightly heavier than a fine mist.

But there also were significant winds generated by a new cold front that swept over the country, according to the institute. The winds at times exceeded 60 mph.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias issued a warning for both coasts because of expected high seas and the wind. Pacific waves and those in the Caribbean are predicted to be high and strong.

The commission urged extreme precautions for both coasts at least through Sunday.

There were reports of some landslides and downed trees in the country due to the second day of strong winds.

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