“First, based on the damage we’ve seen, it’s going to be an EF-1 hurricane.”He said New day Emergency Alert Coordinator for the Federal Meteorological Agency, Ernest Morales.
The Improved Fujida size (EF), used in the United States to provide an “estimate” for a hurricane based on the estimated wind speed and associated damage.
The wind blows at 65 to 85 mph (EF) at an EF-0; Meanwhile, the estimated speed of a hurricane EF-1 is 86 to 110 mph.
The National Weather Service will release a full report on the official classification and damage tomorrow, Monday.
“It will take us several hours to analyze the satellite images to find out what kind of hurricane it was and what was the situation in Arecibo at that time,” he said.
A hurricane made landfall in Arecibo on Sunday afternoon, with weather forecast confirming winds of 86 to 110 mph. (Provided)
Firefighters were called to the scene after a strong stench of gas erupted at a factory in Arecibo. (Provided)
Part of the roof of the Thermo King factory in Arecibo collapsed. (Twitter)
Flying zinc plates hit cars. (Provided)
Many subscribers were without electricity service. (Provided)
View of the damage caused by the hurricane. (Provided)
A utility pole that fell down due to strong hurricane winds. (Provided)
Initially, the meteorological department said it could be a waterfall, but Morales described the information as an “agency error”.
“It grew on land and when it does it is classified as a hurricane”Said.
Also, expert Ruled out the possibility of other hurricanes forming in the northern part of Puerto RicoIt is under the warning of a special severe thunderstorm.
“Conditions are no longer conducive for hurricanes to continue to form”Under control.
Morales noted that previous years in Puerto Rico there were hurricanes in other municipalities such as Hutillo, Manatti and Camoui.
“(Hurricane) is very common, but what makes it different is its intensity.”Said.
For his part, the governor Peter Pierre Lucy He mentioned through his social media sites that no one was injured so far.
“We urge everyone to take precautionary measures and avoid access to the affected areas to allow the work of officers who have already responded to the emergency.”He tweeted.
In the first case, the citizens of Arecibo announced that they had seen a hurricane in their municipality. At the time, the National Weather Service in San Juan was unable to confirm what had happened, but said it was “likely that this type of event would occur.”
“There will be heavy thunderstorms, which will produce heavy rain and strong winds. A water level may have formed in Arecibo.”The meteorologist explained this to the media earlier Cecilia VillanuevaFrom the National Weather Service.
Commander of Police Bureau In Arecibo, preliminary reports of damage caused by heavy rains and thunderstorms and hurricanes were reported in the area.
Among them, power lines fell on Call 7 of the Driving Service Center (Cesco), Villa Serena Urbanization 7 and PR-129 on Call 6 and 8 of the Victor Rojas II Community.
When, A residence in Calle 1 in the Víctor Rojas community was damaged. Police did not provide further details regarding the incident.
Similarly, a car on PR-2 in front of tennis got stuck in water and another car on the PR-10 highway, at the entrance of Hato Viejo, was blocked by rain.
Many subscribers are without electricity service.
As a preventative measure, authorities have closed the following taxis: Call 1, Call 2 and Call Manuel de Gillen, all in Victor Rojas 1.
For his part, Arecibo Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Leslie Geno, A waterfall that was later confirmed to be a hurricane is estimated to have caused landslides and affected the Victor Rojas area.
“It caused damage to the roof of the Thermo King factory. Similarly, many poles and wires were found on the ground. We have no complaints so far that people have been damaged, however, many houses and vehicles have been affected.Expressed in written statements.
Meanwhile, the fire department said they were ordered to evacuate the factory due to a “strong smell of gas” after the Thermo King roof detached.
After the intelligence inspection, the firefighters Edwin Declet Y Joel Mendes “They found a leak in the argon tank line and it was stopped. The remaining tanks were in perfect condition and the valves were closed as a preventative measure,” the company tweeted at 6:25 p.m.
The situation was left in the hands of the company. Meanwhile, firefighters from the fire department will inspect the repair work in the affected area tomorrow.
Meteorologist Deborah Martial He posted on his social networking sites pictures captured by civilians showing potential damage near the Thermo King factory.
“Witnesses say they saw a hurricane in the area and heard loud noises.”Wrote.
Villanueva said the agency had received calls from citizens who had reported hurricanes in Arecibo.
Combination of factors
“We have had localized thunderstorms throughout the day, but very strong and persistent. It is in the Atlantic Ocean. It moved slowly and took up part of Arecibo beach, ”the expert said.
This thunderstorm is associated with strong winds, along with an intensifying upper valley in western Puerto Rico that may have the potential to cause this event.
Thunderstorms continue in the area and move through Manati. Scientists predict that it may move slowly through part of those municipalities.