April 13, 2021

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The beaches in the north of the island are not suitable for bathers due to a strong swell

The National Meteorological Service (SNM) in San Juan warned that people who want to go for a dip today, Saturday, at the beaches and resorts that reopened as part of the new executive order, they will have to think twice and take precautions since the maritime conditions are not suitable for bathers.

The meteorologist Emanuel Rodríguez, who works at the SNM, explained to El Nuevo Dia that due to a storm surge produced by tropical storm Paulette the swell on the north coast is around six to eight feet and the risk of ocean currents is high, so the meteorological agency urged people to avoid the beaches in that area.

“Paulette is hundreds of miles to the north, but it is generating a strong storm surge and, consequently, dangerous maritime conditions for the north coast of Puerto Rico. For the rest of the weekend and until Monday there is a high risk of currents for almost all the beaches in the north of the island”, Detailed the expert.

Since yesterday the SNM issued a warning for small boat operators that will remain in effect, at least, until tomorrow.

Map showing low risk in yellow and moderate risk of storm surge in orange. (NOAA / NWS)

Rodríguez pointed out that the beaches on the south coast of the island have more suitable conditions with waves that amount between two to four feet, except those in the southeast of the island where there is a moderate risk of sea currents.

Some beaches to the northeast, as well as those of Vieques and Culebra, also have a moderate risk of ocean currents.

In terms of rainfall, the meteorologist pointed out that the precipitation generated today will be concentrated in the western and interior areas of ​​the island.

“Yesterday significant accumulations fell. For example, the highest amount occurred between Utuado to Hatillo where up to five inches of rain fell. And almost all the towns of the east and interior saw accumulations of between one to three inches, as well as the area of ​​Carolina and Trujillo Alto. So the rains could cause urban floods and floods in rivers “warned the expert.

The meteorological agency established in its weather perspective that the interior and western areas of the island have a moderate risk of urban flooding and small streams. In addition, they are also at low risk for thunderstorms.

“The unstable afternoons should continue until Monday with plenty of rain. Furthermore, we do not rule out the development of a line of downpours from El Yunque to the metropolitan area during the afternoons, ”Rodríguez said.

He added that maximum temperatures today should be in the high 80s to low 90s degrees Fahrenheit (ºF) and rates in the 100ºF.

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