Storm alerts are on throughout country

May 28, 2010

 

Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) declared a yellow alert on Wednesday for the Central Pacific and the Southern Zone as two distinct storm systems pounded the regions.
 
The yellow alert is the second of the country’s three alert levels.
 
The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) is forecasting heavy rainfall and strong winds for both areas through Thursday.
 
The first of the two systems struck the Pacific Coast on Tuesday night and, as of Wednesday afternoon, had flooded 60 houses and downed large tree branches near the Central Pacific coast towns of Jacó and Quepos.
 
The Red Cross reported that a fallen tree along the highway in Quepos destroyed one home and damaged the roof of a hotel.
 
In total, 1,000 people have been affected by the storm systems. The CNE has sent supplies such as blankets and plastic tarps to communities where homes have lost roofs.
 
The Central Valley, the Northern Zone and the Caribbean are currently under green alert, the lowest of the country’s three alert levels.
 
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