Tropical depression number 13 became tropical storm Laura this morning.
The main impact of this cyclone, which is heading to pass near the island early tomorrow, Saturday, will be heavy downpours that would leave accumulations of rain of up to six inches and gusting winds from a tropical storm warned the meteorologist Fernández Ramos, from the National Meteorological Service (SNM) in San Juan.
For this reason, they are anticipated
In anticipation of this impact, the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (Nmead) activated at 6 o'clock flash floods, water shocks in rivers and landslides in mountainous areas. : 00 am of this Friday the Emergency Operations Center (COE), reported the press spokeswoman Kiara Hernández.
At 9:05 am, Storm Laura was at latitude 17.0 degrees north and longitude 59.8 degrees West. It was moving 21 miles per hour to the west, with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and a pressure of 1,008 millibars, the National Hurricane Center reported.
It is located 230 miles from the Leeward Islands.
Puerto Rico is under a tropical storm watch, as storm conditions could be registered in the next few hours
Ramos explained that winds with tropical storm force will be felt in Puerto Rico in the form of gusts. It would be “40 miles or more.”
“The most important message is that there is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast of trajectory and intensity. Although there is this uncertainty, in the impact forecast there are accumulated rain of three to six inches, regardless of whether it matures and becomes a tropical storm or not, "said the meteorologist, asking citizens to be aware of the development of the system.
Given this close passage of the atmospheric system early on Saturday, the SNM issued a flash flood watch that takes effect early at 6:00 am tomorrow.
Major impact: Rains
We continue to expect accumulations of 3-6 inches.
– NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) August 21, 2020
“We are expecting flash floods, floods in urban areas and landslides in mountainous places ", he stressed.
He added that" the strongest rain activity, along with scattered thunderstorms, is expected for Saturday. "
Ramos asked citizens not to concentrate where would the center pass. Is that regardless of its trajectory, the rain would be felt on the Island.
“The system is so widespread, that being with that field of humidity, thunderstorms and those downpours can be occurring quite far from the center. This is something we could learn from Isaías, that there are areas of thunderstorm throughout the system that can affect us, ”he said.
Laura breaks a record for the 12th named storm developed early (August 21) in the season, previously established by Luis on August 29, 1995.
On the other hand, for the afternoon of this Friday rains associated with the remnants of a wave and a trough that affected Puerto Rico yesterday are expected. It would be concentrated mainly in the west, interior and metropolitan area.
Meanwhile, for Sunday the rain is expected to continue, due to the fact that there would be humidity associated with the atmospheric system . For this reason, the flash flood warning would continue until Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Furthermore, it is predicted that during the day the maritime conditions will deteriorate. By tomorrow waves of up to 16 feet would be registered, mainly in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, said Ramos.