March 1, 2021

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A strong storm surge will produce 15-foot breaking swell on the north and west coast

A strong storm surge that since yesterday has kept maritime conditions very dangerous on the north and west coast of the island will increase its intensity today, Wednesday, with waves that could cause coastal flooding, anticipated the National Meteorological Service (SNM) in San Juan.

Meteorologist Fernanda Ramos Garces indicated that it is not the time for any swimmer to visit these beaches and that residents near those areas should take precautions.

“Maritime conditions are deteriorating. We had a report in the Camuy area where the water entered the houses near the beaches. These are coastal floods due to this storm surge that is very dangerous and is affecting all the beaches of the north and west “said the expert in an interview with El Nuevo Día.

At the moment, there are four bulletins that the SNM issued due to the complicated maritime conditions:

  • High risk of ocean currents at least until Thursday
  • Strong hangover warning
  • Coastal Flood Warning for the North and West Coast
  • Small Boat Operator Warning

“The breaking swell is up to 15 feet high, but at times it could rise more than 15 feet. Meanwhile, the swell in open ocean waters is between 10 to 12 feet and that is why we issued a warning for small boat operators ”, explained Ramos Garces.

Map that shows the risks of dangerous waves, mainly, for the north and west coast during this Wednesday, September 23, 2020. (NOAA / NWS)

He argued that the greatest intensity of the storm surge will be today, but urged that citizens not lower their guard tomorrow because the choppy waves will continue, at least, until late on Thursday.

From elsewhere, Ramos Garces warned that today will be extremely hot with temperatures higher than normal and heat indices that could be between 100 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

“For the rest, in terms of time we have a frontal system that is affecting areas of the northern waters of Puerto Rico, and some sectors in the northwest,” said the expert.

He indicated that the rains will be accompanied by some isolated thunderstorms throughout the afternoon.

The day of downpours began early this morning, but most of them remained in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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