COSTA RICA NEWS – Heavy rains and downpours are expected today for the North and Caribbean areas of the country, says the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) – national weather service.

The areas most affected  by the weather will be Barra del Colorado, San Carlos, Sarapiquí and Upala.

Authorities recommend continued vigilance against possible flash floods and landslides.

The areas of Guanacaste and the Central Valley (San José) can expect strong winds and occasional isolated showers and heavy rains in some areas. The Central and South Pacific (Puntarenas to Golfito) can expect the seasonal thunderstorms and rain.

On Sunday, the area of Tortuguero saw a number of homes flooded from the overflowing of rivers. The environment ministry (Minae) set up lookout post at Cuatro Esquinas de Tortuguero.

Reports say the water level has risen 1.2 metres.

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