“The passage of Tropical Storm Kirk as a tropical depression south of Puerto Rico, will significantly deteriorate the weather conditions for the whole island,” warned an official of the Bureau for Emergency Management and Disaster Management.
Given the instability in the weather conditions due to the passage south of Puerto Rico of the tropical depression Kirk, the commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Management (NMEAD), Carlos Acevedo, urged caution during the weekend and warned of surveillance by flash floods and marine currents and the possibility of landslides.
“The passage of Kirk as a tropical depression south of Puerto Rico will significantly deteriorate the weather conditions for the entire island, and a bad weather related to the subtropical system Leslie will affect maritime conditions north of Puerto Rico,” the official explained. a statement.
The National Meteorological Service (SNM) will issue a series of alerts for different sectors of Puerto Rico, in order to keep the citizenship protected.
So there will be surveillance of flash floods from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Saturday at 8:00 p.m., local time.
Coastal flood surveillance (especially for the north coast), between 6 pm on Friday and 6 pm on Sunday, as well as strong hangover warning (for the north coast) between Friday at 6 in the morning until Monday at the same hour.
High risk for marine currents (for all coasts) between tomorrow at six in the morning until Monday at the same time.
Experts have indicated that there is a high risk of flash floods through the eastern half of Puerto Rico, as well as the risk of landslides in areas of steep terrain.
Accumulations are expected to fluctuate between 1 to 4 inches of rain and some sectors in the east and southeast could receive up to 6 inches (about 15 centimeters).
On the other hand, winds are expected in gusts between 25 and 35 miles per hour (between about 40 and 56 kilometers per hour)
As for the situation on the coasts, the SNM anticipates dangerous waves of between 8 and 12 feet (between 2.4 and almost four meters) through the waters of the Atlantic, as well as between 6 and 8 feet (around 1, 8 and 2.4 meters) in the Caribbean Sea.
The breaking waves are expected to produce extremely dangerous sea currents through most of the Puerto Rico coasts during Friday and Saturday.
These breaking waves, between 15 and 20 feet (between 4.5 and 6 meters) could cause flooding and coastal erosion, especially in the north of the island.
“Citizens should remain attentive and informed as there is the potential for urban flooding and creeks, and if they live in areas vulnerable to flooding or landslides, seek refuge in a safe place, we urge them to take the necessary actions to avoid situations to regret, “he added.
“It is not time to visit beaches or rivers, although the weather seems to be good, the marine currents and the water blows represent risks that no person should assume,” the commissioner said.
Acevedo Caballero stressed that each person should check the drains, as well as the sewers and any other area that could cause flooding around the residences and need assistance, you should contact your Municipal Office for Emergency Management.
Finally, he recalled that the eleven regions of the NMEAD, as well as the other negotiated of the DSP and the 78 Municipal Emergency Management Offices, will be vigilant and working to guarantee the security of the citizens.
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