As a result of the energy generated by Hurricane Earl, the storm surge currently affecting all exposed Atlantic coasts will reach its maximum intensity this Tuesday, so it will gradually improve through tonight.
However, as this occurs, all marine conditions along the northern coast of Puerto Rico, Vic, Culebra and the Virgin Islands will continue to deteriorate. National Weather Service (SNM) in San Juan maintains four different active alerts for this event.
The Agency maintains in practice the following:
– Rip currents are a high risk through at least Thursday night.
– Severe Hangover Warning until 6:00 PM Wednesday
– Coastal Flood Warning until 6:00 PM today, Tuesday
– Warning for small boat operators until 8:00 a.m. next Thursday.
“At present, it continues to grow up to 10 feet tall, although occasionally more. Breaking waves are 10 to 15 feet, and winds are gusting up to 10 knots. Tomorrow they should go down a little bit (waves), but today will mostly affect marine conditions from northwest to northeast, Vieques, Culebra and the Virgin Islands,” the meteorologist said. Rosalina VasquezIn an interview New day.
“The conditions are not ideal for swimmers. We ask people to stay away from the shorelines“, he added.
The period between breaking waves fluctuates around 15 seconds, meaning there is enough energy between waves to cause coastal flooding and erosion.
This is not the time for anyone to enter the beaches to challenge the marine environment, the Meteorological Department pointed out in a press release.
“There are dangerous conditions for swimming. Ocean currents can drag even the best swimmers into deep water.”SNM specified.
Due to these conditions, the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (TRNA) closed some spas as a precaution and until the storm surge subsides.
Spas that will be closed: Cerro Gordo, at Vega Alta; Manuel “Nolo” Morales, in Dorado; La Monserrate, in Luquillo; Seven Seas, in Fajardo; and Sun Bay, in Vieques.
Typical rain pattern for this Tuesday
Regarding today’s weather, the meteorologist pointed out that due to a combination of local effects with daytime heat and humidity, the typical pattern of this season will be rain in the east in the morning and then in the west in the afternoon.
“We expect sporadic rains in the eastern region in the morning and concentrated in the northwest in the afternoon. As the area has been receiving rain for the past few days, there is no chance of flooding in urban areas.Vasquez explained.
In its outlook on hazardous weather conditions, the SNM said there is a risk of flooding with low to moderate rainfall in the northwest of the island.
Vasquez noted that one to two inches of rain could fall in those areas.
As for temperatures, urban and coastal areas fluctuate between highs of 80 and low 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while in the mountains they stay in the low 80s.
On the other hand, heat indices in the lower elevations of northern and eastern Puerto Rico fluctuate between 102 and 107 degrees Fahrenheit.