Tropical storm Gonzalo will cause rain over the weekend on the Caribbean Coast. This was predicted by the General Maritime Directorate (Dimar), through the Caribbean Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research Center (CIOH).
According to the entity, these conditions are expected to impact the coastal region for 48 hours and may mainly affect the captaincies of Puerto de Providencia, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Coveñas and Turbo. Similarly to maritime areas of the coastal and offshore areas.
The maritime authority recommends that fishermen and boat crews take extreme security measures and pay attention to the instructions issued by each port master.
Faced with the possible effects of the meteorological phenomenon, the departments have already started preparing to attend to any eventuality. In the case of La Guajira, for example, the Directorate for Prevention, Attention to Emergencies and Disasters reported that security protocols and contingency plans were strengthened.
William Iguarán González, director of the entity, stated that Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane; however, it has been forecast to lose power and drop again to tropical storm status over the weekend.
“Although it will not directly affect our territory, we are already on alert, which is why a technical roundtable was developed with the authorities of Manaure and Uribia, to take all the necessary precautions in this situation,” he explained.
He added that Gonzalo will pass near the Lesser Antilles and Venezuela during the weekend and that on the morning of July 27 he will continue his route, passing close to the coasts of La Guajira.
“This could have impacts on wind, waves and is likely to affect the department’s rainfall pattern. We will continue to work permanently to monitor the behavior of this phenomenon, as well as the atmospheric and maritime conditions on the peninsula, to give timely notice to the entire community in case of any news about the storm, “he said.
According to the Puerto de Riohacha Captaincy, the effects of the tropical storm could also occur in the Providencia, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Coveñas and Turbo captaincies.
It indicates that rainy conditions are expected in much of the Colombian Caribbean as a result of the interaction of multiple meteorological systems that are coinciding in the region, such as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ZCIT).
In the following days, it will have the influence of another pair of tropical waves, and possibly starting the weekend we will have some influence from the tropical storm Gonzalo, despite the possible impacts that this system may have on the meteorological behavior of the national territory, they are still subject to monitoring and evaluation.
According to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, Gonzalo reaches winds of 85 kilometers per hour and is the number seven tropical depression of the season, which has been preceded by storms Arthur, Bertha, Christopher, Dolly, Edouard and Fay. .