Yesterday morning, the image of vehicles floating on the streets of Pinamar worried tourists what decided to travel to the Atlantic Coast to enjoy the long weekend of Carnival.
In the early hours of Saturday the National Meteorological Service (SMN) raised the alert from yellow to orange due to rains and storms which took place in various parts of the province of Buenos Aires, mainly in the busiest spas.
The yellow alert establishes that “possible meteorological phenomena with the capacity to damage and risk of momentary interruption of daily activities are expected.” On the other hand, the elevation to the orange alert implies the possibility of “dangerous meteorological phenomena for society, life, property and the environment”.
During the day on Friday, the Buenos Aires coastal parties of Necochea, Pinamar, Villa Gesell, La Costa and Mar del Plata They presented an unstable climate, with cloudy skies, accompanied by showers and isolated and intense storms, with a maximum temperature of 22 degrees, as reported by the SMN.
Between Thursday and Friday, a severe storm was registered in Pinamar that flooded several intersections and left several cars floating in its streets. In just three hours 200 millimeters of water fell, undermining the concrete of some streets, a fact that generated floods and landslides.
The Municipality asked residents and tourists to refrain from walking on the streets, because “You can’t see under the water, there may be wells and it’s very dangerous”, as explained Diego Diez, coordinator of Civil Defense of the party.
From this area they reported a series of recommendations and suggestions: keep a flashlight handy (the electricity could be interrupted); charge cell phone batteries; remove pots and objects that may fall from balconies; stay away from walls, trees or objects that are in visible risk of falling; circulate on public roads only if necessary; avoid leaving your car parked in low areas; on the road, drive with caution due to wet ground and the presence of loose objects; avoid going sailing in the sea; clean gutters and drains in homes; and keep an eye on the information disseminated by the SMN.
Along these lines, the SMN decided to raise the alert “due to the persistence of rainfall and the abundant fall of rain already registered in the region.” In Mar del Plata, the estimated accumulated precipitation values hovered between 30 and 60 millimeters in the last 24 hours, data that allows us to understand with greater precision the magnitude of what happened in the municipality of Pinamar.
On one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year, the Atlantic Coast of Buenos Aires will be one of the sectors of the country most affected by the instability of its climate during these days. To a lesser or greater extent, the rains will remain between moderate and heavy and will last until next Tuesday. On the other hand, the temperature in these destinations will not exceed 23 degrees maximum.
On Sunday there will be mainly rains and showers throughout the day. Monday will arrive with the same background scenario, although the SMN indicated that only on Tuesday could there be some relief but with mostly cloudy skies and a maximum temperature of 22 degrees. Meanwhile, on Wednesday and Thursday, they will again have the presence of the sun with slightly cloudy skies and pleasant thermal marks.
Given the orange alert, the SMN recommends look for places with low ceilings, remain away from coastal areas Y cut off the electricity supply in case the water enters the home. Also stay informed and away from poles of any power lines.
In the city of Buenos Aires, when there were just a few minutes to 6:00 p.m., the SMN raised the alert to yellow, where it was also detailed that there will be “Strong storms with heavy rains.”
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