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Big Storm With High Winds Yesterday Afternoon in Panama City

WeatherThe director of the National System of Civil Protection (NSCP), Arturo Alvarado, said his staff reacted in time to reports of high winds that hit yesterday, Sunday, at various points in Panama City. Alvarado said yesterday afternoon that Sinaproc staff traveled to 25 sectors and even saved people, and took them to the hospital. He added on the channel 13 Telemetro news broadcast that the Hydrometeorology Department of Electricity Transmission Company sent the information at 6:03 pm, "just when it started raining."

The official said people were rescued in the area of the Parque Urracá and the Riba Smith supermarket. "We could not issue a warning ... we didn't have any information on time," he said.

Alvarado recalled that the Sinaproc during this rainy season has already cut more than 500 fallen trees, and such cases have been reported across the country during the rainy season. "This is the feature that we've had in this rainy season," he said.

Falling trees - The National System of Civil Protection attended 25 situations yesterday, Sunday, 11 November 2012, due to the strong winds that were recorded in the capital city.

The Sinaproc chief, Arturo Alvarado, said the phenomenon affected two houses in the area of San Francisco, while a large number of people were trapped in the Parque Urracá. There were also falling trees and power line poles, Alvarado explained in a statement to Telemetro. "These are certain conditions of nature," he said.

He said the Ministry of Housing and Land Management is doing inspections to assist those who were affected. Also, the official said that the current rainy season is different from earlier years. He said there has been less rainfall in the months of October and November. However, there have been more cases of strong winds and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, the head of Sinaproc clarified that what happened on Sunday is not associated with any external storm that causes a hurricane. It comes from the convergence zone of Panama itself, he said. So, he asked the population to remain calm. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: November. Lots of rain. Big storms. The storms can generate winds strong enough to tear off metal roofs. These are no tornadoes or hurricanes, but rather straight line winds in the neighborhood of 50 to 60 miles per hour. Very localized, small areas affected. Right now - the middle of November until dry season settles in - is the worst weather of the year. Do not be surprised if heavy rains cause mud slides that shut down the water treatment plant in Chilibre again this year. If it happens, don't say I didn't remind you to buy your bottled water now.

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