The National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) declared a state of yellow emergency in the Central Valley and the Pacific, due to the heavy rains with a storm that is expected to affect those sectors as of the afternoon of this May 3.
The announcement of the alerts was made known by the director of Risk Management, Sigifredo Pérez, after receiving the report from the National Meteorological Institute (HYMN) that warns of atmospheric instability caused by the proximity to the national territory of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (a band of cloudiness and wind).
Its activity is expected to bring in abundant moisture from the Pacific Ocean which, added to the weakness of the trade winds and daytime warming, will lead to rainfall that is forecast to last for the next three days, according to the spokesperson.
“Our country has quite unstable atmospheric conditions both for the day and for the next two days. This will mean that due to morning warming there will be quite significant rains with electrical activity over the Central, North and South Pacific, as well as in different sectors. For this reason, the National Emergency Commission has established a yellow alert status for the Pacific and Central Valley of the country, and a green alert for the North Zone and the Caribbean.
“The municipal emergency committees have been activated that will be pending to monitor the rains that may occur, mainly in the afternoon and early evening hours, so the population is advised to exercise caution especially if they live near causes or streams that can grow suddenly, or slopes or walls that could slide, “said the official.
Meteorologist Daniel Poleo predicted downpours in the Pacific and the Central Valley, as well as in mountainous areas of the North Zone and the Caribbean.
It is expected that for the nights the rains will be weak and dispersed in the national territory, although downpours are not ruled out in the first hours on the Central and South Pacific coast.
In its Meteorological Warning published on May 3, the Institute asked for special attention in the mountains of these two areas, because they are sensitive to landslides after the rainfall recorded the day before.
Likewise, the South Pacific was alerted to possible increases in flow in some of its basins, while the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) was warned of possible sewerage saturation.