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Strong Winds Whip Through Central Valley

Unusually strong gusts of wind as fast as 70 kilometers per hour lashed through the Central Valley Monday and Tuesday.

Winds this speed are “totally out of the ordinary,” in the Central Valley, where wind speeds average about 30 kilometers per hour, said National Meteorological Institute (IMN) meteorologist Luis Fernando Alvarado. The cause: a cold front sweeping through North America that has blasted winds over Central America.

The strongest winds were recorded in Alajuela, northwest of San José, and Guararí de Heredia, north of San José, where the wind blew a tree over three houses, destroying two of them, according to Channel 7 TV News.

By Tuesday afternoon wind speeds had begun to slow down.


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