Meteorologist Projects Strong Rains From Hurricane Otto on Thursday, Friday in Guanacaste

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Hurricane Otto is only 450 kilometers east of Limón and already has affected weather patterns across the country, including the province of Guanacaste.

According to Luis Diego Naranjo of the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), heavy rains are expected in Guanacaste on Thursday, Friday and over the weekend.

Naranjo said the IMN expects the storm to cross Central America at Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua, and its trajectory will determine the intensity of rainfall.

Guanacaste experienced strong winds on Monday, Nov. 21, caused by Otto.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE), which coordinates Costa Rica’s Risk Management System, issued a yellow alert for the entire country.

On Tuesday morning, President Luis Guillermo Solís stated at a press conference that residents in some areas of the country would be evacuated on Thursday and Friday. So far, none of Guanacaste’s cantons are at risk.

Tips for Guanacastecans

Although for now, no major events are forecast in Guanacaste’s territory, Naranjo recommended that residents avoid setting fires of any type, as strong winds could force the fires out of control.

He also warned small boat owners to be cautious, as the storm is generating strong wind gusts toward the north, especially in the Papagayo Gulf.

For now, Naranjo said the best recommendation is for Guanacastecans to remain alert and pay attention to developing information, as conditions in the province depend on Otto’s trajectory.