Alert issued over hurricane up north

The national emergency commission issued a low-level alert Wednesday night as a preventative measure due to Hurricane Earl.

The tropical storm-turned hurricane made landfall at Belize City at 1 a.m. The storm is traveling west toward the Mexican Yucatan.

However, there has been some influence on Costa Rica’s already unstable weather conditions. The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that Wednesday night there were significant accumulations of rain in Turrialba and la Fortuna. The greatest amount, some 67 millimeters, about 2.6 inches, fell in the mountains of the northern zone, it added.

The metro area experienced a light rain during most of the afternoon.

The emergency commission said that electrical storms were expected overnight in the northern zone, the Caribbean coast and the north Pacific.

Even moderate rain like this can cause highway problems with landslides.

The center of Earl will move across central or northern Belize this morning and over the southern Yucatan peninsula of Mexico or northern Guatemala later on Thursday, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 kph) with higher gusts, the center said at 2 a.m.  Earl will begin to weaken as it moves farther inland over Belize, it added.

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