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Tropical Storm Earl advances slightly and remains north of Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Earl advances slightly and remains north of Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Earl continues tonight, Sunday, its path closer to Puerto Rico and, although its impact will not be apparent, forecasts of storms and rain that will result in flooding are maintained. National Weather Service (SNM) San Juan No.

at 11:00 pm, National Hurricane Center (NHC, in English) Earl is located at latitude 20.2 degrees north and longitude 65.4 degrees west. It maintains maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (mph) and is moving to the northwest at 3 mph. In the 5:00 pm bulletin, his travel speed was 5 mph.

“Interests in the Northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and Bermuda should monitor Earl’s progress,” Read newspaper.

Tropical Storm Earl Position And Likely Track On Sunday, September 4, 2022 At 11:00 P.m.
Tropical Storm Earl position and likely track on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 11:00 p.m. (NOAA)

The eastern third (which includes the metropolitan area), the north and the interior of the island are likely to receive the highest amount of rainfall, according to the forecast for extreme rainfall for the next 24 hours, until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, Monday. ,

Rain Forecast For The Next 24 Hours.
Rain forecast for the next 24 hours. (supplied)

Landslides can occur in these areas, especially the interior of Puerto Rico, because they are areas where it rained last week and the soil is already saturated.

Earl is expected to receive one to four inches of rain, with varying totals of eight inches.Detailed SNM tonight.

Tropical storm force winds are also expected to remain off the island. “Locally, strong winds will be in the range of 5 to 15 mph … with thunderstorms likely.”

With regard to sea conditions, the SNM forecast locally high waves and hazardous conditions for small boat operators. A moderate to high risk of rip currents is also in effect at all local beaches.

As the tropical storm moves north, it will shift the wind direction more from the south-southeast, hence the moisture in the Caribbean region. It could rain early in the week as the Earl is carried away.

“Slow strengthening is forecast in the next few days. Earl could become a hurricane this weekend.” Read newspaper. However, the event will not affect Puerto Rico at this stage.

Puerto Rico’s American Red Cross chapter made recommendations on Saturday for the benefit of the population about what to do before and after a flood event.

What to do before a flood?

  • Know the area’s flood risks.
  • Stay off roads and away from flood waters. If you must drive, avoid flooded roads.
  • If you are stuck on a flooded road and the water has risen all around you, get out of the car quickly, go to higher ground and stay there.
  • If power lines have collapsed on the street or in the streets, do not step into any puddles or standing water.
  • Follow eviction orders and don’t return home until officials say it’s safe.
  • Lift the water heater and electrical panel if it is in an area of ​​the house that could be flooded.
  • Check to see if you have an insurance policy that covers floods. If not, find out how to get a flood insurance policy.
  • Keep insurance policies, personal identification and other important documents in a sealed plastic bag inside your supply kit.
  • Listen to bulletins provided by government agencies to get information about floods in your area.

What to do after a flood?

  • Come back home when the official says it’s safe.
  • Before entering your home, check the exterior for loose electrical wiring, damaged gas lines, or other damage.
  • If you smell natural gas or propane or hear a hiss, leave the area immediately and call the fire department.
  • If you have loose electrical wires in front of your house, do not step into water pits.
  • Keep children and pets away from dangerous areas and flood waters.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Contact your local authorities for assistance on how to dispose of these materials and avoid risks.
  • Wear protective clothing, gloves and shoes when cleaning.
  • Check that your food and drinking water are safe. Disposal of objects exposed to flood waters; Including canned food, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottles, etc. If in doubt, you should throw it in the trash.

Next NHC update will be at 11:00 PM

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