Daniel Useche, head of the Ideam Meteorology Office, warned in the last hours that, according to information provided by the National Hurricane Center, there is a “80% chance that the tropical wave approaching the Colombian Caribbean will reach the category of tropical cyclone for the next five days ”.
According to the report, the tropical wave, which will cause heavy rains throughout the country, could present heavy rainfall during the holiday bridge from November 14 to 16. Therefore, he recommended avoiding the attendance of tourists to the country’s beaches.
According to the newspaper El Tiempo, Daniel Useche told the media that, “The expected tropical wave may be accompanied by cloudiness, electrical storms and heavy rains that, in some cases, could generate complications in the departments of the region.”
In turn, Ideam assured that in the current hurricane seasons there has been an important activity, especially in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean that is expected to continue during the remainder of November.
Meanwhile, the District Institute of Tourism (Indetur), declared that the beaches of Santa Marta will be closed indefinitely in order to protect citizens and tourists.
Useche told El Tiempo that the alert is imminent due to the floods in the rivers that descend from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Likewise, the Cesar River is on an orange alert due to the probability of sudden floods, as is the Fundación River, which is on a red alert. While in Barranquilla and Soledad there is an orange alert for sudden increases in streams.
“Be very attentive to the levels of the Ciénaga Mallorquín and the rivers direct to the Magdalena between Calamar (Bolívar) and the mouth of the Caribbean Sea”, explained Useche.
The alert also extends to areas of high slope located in sectors of the departments of La Guajira, northern Cesar and Magdalena, Bolívar, Atlántico, Córdoba, Sucre, Antioquia, Norte de Santander, Santander, Boyacá, Cundinamarca, western Arauca, Casanare, Meta, Chocó, Risaralda, Caldas, Quindío, Chocó and Valle del Cauca, given the probability of sudden floods or landslides.
For its part, the General Maritime Directorate (DIMAR), through a statement, indicated that taking into account these forecasts, restricted access to the beaches in the sectors of El Rodadero north, Rodadero south, Bello Horizonte (Cabo Tortuga, Costa Brava, Playa Dormida, Playa Salguero, Zuana, Irotama), Playa Aeropuerto, Playa Blanca, Playa Los Cocos and La Bahía.
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