On Sunday the Caribbean coast was slapped with huge waves (16 feet) that towered over the sea wall and into the port city of Limon. It had washed up a park and had reached two blocks into the city. On Monday, higher waves than normal were disturbing the holiday beach goers and people were advised to leave for higher ground.
As the hurricane moves north and west the effects are still to be felt here in Costa Rica just not as bad as once anticipated. The winds from the hurricane are not likely to hit as intensely, says the National Emergency Commission. Due to low humidity over the Pacific Ocean in the South, the hurricane has lost speed preventing it from causing the expected weather in Costa Rica.
¨The most recent analyses have shown that precipitation on the Pacific slope and Central Valley will fall within the normal range for the rainy season, ¨ said the National Meteorological Institute director Pablo Manzo.
Forecasters are expecting that the hurricane will hit today on the eastern shore of the Yucatan Peninsula. The tourist town of Cancun has been on alert and many of the visitors are trying to get home before it hits. In addition, some of the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated before the storm hits harder. The storm is likely to cross the Yucatan Peninsula and make another landfall on the central Mexican Caribbean coast. Belize is also expected to be hit.
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Filed under: Costa Rica News on August 21st, 2007