The combination between a vigorous tropical wave and the tail of humidity that extends from Tropical Storm Eta, in southern Florida, will cause two to four inches of rain to fall on the entire island this Tuesday, warned the National Meteorological Service (SNM) in San Juan.
Meteorologist David Sánchez stressed that From midnight today to 6:30 a.m., one to two inches of widespread water had already fallen on the island, according to radar estimates, and up to three inches in isolated areas.
“We have a flood watch until tomorrow night. It is due to the passage of a tropical wave and we have enough moisture available in the atmosphere. The rainy conditions are widespread. Accumulations of two to four inches of rain during the day are possible, and the same forecast is expected tomorrow.”, Explained the expert in an interview with The new day.
The meteorological agency established in its weather perspective that the risk of urban floods and small streams is high for much of the island, while the risk of thunderstorms is low for the entire region. Some of the thunderstorms could be accompanied by gusty winds.
Sánchez indicated that there is currently a flood warning for the entire southeast area of the island, but they do not rule out that for the next few hours they will begin to issue flood warnings due to the passage of downpours from early in the morning.
“The areas that had flood problems yesterday will continue today due to the constant rains”, he detailed.
Currently, the municipalities under flood warning are: Arroyo, Caguas, Cayey, Cidra, Guayama, Maunabo and San Lorenzo. Meanwhile, Patillas is under flood warning until 8:30 a.m.
In fact, other towns like Cataño are already beginning to register urban floods. According to the Police, the PR-5 is impassable in both directions right in front of the Juana Matos residential complex due to the floods that have been registered due to the rains in the area.
In addition, he said that river flows remain below the flood level, but “they are already running quite high.”
“The main source of rain should always be the east of Puerto Rico, but as the tropical wave is passing we will see widespread rains throughout the island”Sánchez stressed.
Meanwhile, the meteorologist warned that maritime conditions remain unstable due to a swell from the north that will combine with the strong wind blowing in the region and this will cause significant waves.
“Right now we have a warning in effect for small boat operators due to swell that fluctuates between six to eight feet in local waters. In addition, there is a high risk of ocean currents, “he said.