Orange alert remains due to heavy rains in the Caribbean

The rains will intensify over the next few days in the departments of the Caribbean region due to the strengthening of a tropical wave, which has a high possibility of becoming a tropical cyclone.

This was reported by the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam), which maintains an orange alert to the possibility of torrential downpours, winds and electrical storms in the Region.

Daniel Useche, head of Forecasts and Alerts at Ideam, explained that the tropical wave has an 80% chance of reaching the category of tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.

“The system is moving away from the Colombian area; it is very likely that if it reaches the category of tropical depression, it will do so in an area outside the national area, “said the official in dialogue with EL HERALDO.

Useche also indicated that the indirect effect of said tropical wave has been reflected in the rains registered during the last weekend.

He also assured that the intense rainfall may extend until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, especially in the afternoons or nights.

“We are in the rainy season. If the rainfall falls a little, it may be reactivated to end the day, “he said.

Ideam’s head of Forecasts and Alerts also stated that 42.0 millimeters of water fell on Saturday: “It was abundant rains, but they did not exceed any historical average for the month.”

The official also stated that “we are going to be on the lookout in the next few days because a downpour of this magnitude could occur in Barranquilla or other sectors of the department of Atlántico, which would favor the appearance of streams.”

Recommendations. Ideam recommended paying “special attention” to areas of high slope located in La Guajira, north of Cesar and Magdalena, Bolívar, Atlántico, Córdoba and Sucre –as well as other departments of the country– in view of the probability of sudden increases or landslides.

Likewise, the entity indicated that the current hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico continues “to show us significant atmospheric instability.” This situation is expected to persist during the months of October and November.

For this reason, Ideam suggested that prevention measures aimed at reducing the risks caused by this type of event be activated and reinforced.

While small boat operators, tourists and fishermen were advised to closely monitor the daily evolution of weather and marine conditions.

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