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Mudslides Damage Six Houses

WeatherSix families in the sector of Nuevo Chorrillo, in the district of Arraiján, fear that a landslide might bury their homes entirely due to the heavy rains that hit the region. In three of the six houses affected, the mudslide went into their houses by breaking through the back walls of the homes, but until someone takes responsibility, their houses are full of mud. Other neighbors say it's not the first time that landslides have occurred at the site, but this time the cooperative that owns the land that caused the damage, have told the home owners they should expect to wait because they have no money to deal with the damage. Aside from the wall that collapsed, those affected also fear that the trees which have not been pruned can fall on their homes. Staff of the National System of Civil Protection confirmed there are six houses affected where 40 people reside, who must leave the place as soon as possible, until the New Chorrillo Cooperative, which owns the land, can repair the damage. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: Tis the season. Heavy rains, mudslides...

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Parts of Capira Cut Off After Mudslides

WeatherIn the Western part of the province of Panama, about 10 rural communities have been cut off since Saturday in the area of Capira, after constant rains triggered landslides. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Panama experiences the heaviest rains during this part of the year, the very end of the rainy season, now through early December as the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone moves from the South to the North, passing over our heads as the season changes. Panama usually sees severe problems with flooding and landslides in November and early December. Have a plan. Be prepared.

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Dangerously High Tide Warning For Pacific Beaches in Panama

WeatherStarting at 2:13 am early tomorrow morning, Sunday, 14 October - there will be unusually high tides along the Pacific coast of Panama as high as 18.2 feet - as reported by the National System of Civil Protection (SINAPROC). Through a press release, the agency issued a notice of caution so the residents who live in coastal areas, the fishermen and boaters in small craft, can take the necessary precautions. The SINAPROC also warns that high tides could coincide with the rains, increasing the levels of rivers and streams, which could cause flooding in vulnerable areas. These high tides will continue until 7:43 am next Sunday, 21 October 2012. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: It seems like recently, every time the SINAPROC issues one of these warnings, someone drowns at the beach anyway. Most of the time someone gets sucked off of the beach by a riptide, they don't know how to deal with it, they wear themselves out fighting against the current, and drown.

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Warnings Issued For Rains And Potential For Flooding in Colon (Here Comes Flood Season)

WeatherHeavy rains are expected today in the province of Colon, so the authorities have issued a preventative warning to flood-prone sectors. According to report from correspondent Rolando Espinoza, so far during the early morning hours it has not yet rained in the Costa Arriba of Colon, but the sky was cloudy, and it had rained in the mountains. He reiterated the warning in sectors such as Río Indio, Río Piedra, Río Guanche, and Río Gatún, among others to take the necessary precautions. Yesterday 12 houses near the Rio Guanche in the Costa Arriba of Colon were affected by heavy rains, while the Rio Piedra reached it's peak level. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: Every year as the Northern hemisphere heads into the fall and winter, down here in Panama the InterTropical Convergence Zone begins its annual migration back over our heads, from the South towards the North. Once it finishes passing over us, then we enter the "dry season" which lasts for about three months. Our best weather here in Panama coincides with the winter months in the Norther Hemisphere. As the winter ends and springtime starts up North, the ITCZ comes back down over our heads again, this time moving from the North to the South, and we see very heavy rains again as that happens.

Every year Panama usually sees its heaviest rainfalls during the months of October and November, sometimes extending into early December. We can see very large rain producing storms that arrive over Panama and then stall, dumping massive amounts of water on a relatively small area in a short period of time. This sort of thing happens almost every year in some part of the country. Remember the rains, floods, and fatal mudslides that devastated the Portobelo area in early December 2010? Well, that same weather pattern is getting ready to fire up again. Pay particular attention to flood warnings and watches starting right now, until dry season is in full swing. If you don't use Twitter you should because it's great for getting real time breaking news, headlines, and alerts. You should follow Panama Guide on Twitter, because if there's something like this sort of thing breaking - or a tsunami warning, or an earthquake, or a fire, or whatever else - I try to cover it as best I can in real time, and I blast out the warnings via email, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Colon

WeatherThis Friday morning heavy rains caused flooding in the province of Colon, affecting schools and houses. One of the most affected was the Santa Maria Academy. Students had to enter the school with their shoes off and pants rolled up, due to the amount of accumulated water in front of the school. The Ministry of Public Works said one of the causes of the flooding is the large amount of garbage in culverts and sewage drains that impedes the free flow of the waters. (Telemetro)
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SINAPROC Issues High Tide Alert For Pacific Beaches

WeatherTides as high as 17.8 feet will affect Panama's Pacific coast between 3:29 am on Sunday morning, 16 September, until 7:43 pm on Friday, 21 September 2012, so the Director of Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) Arturo Alvarado issued a warning. "The prevention notice was issued for residents living in coastal areas, the fishermen and boaters in small craft, to take the necessary precautions," said Abelardo Serrano, the director of Civil Protection in Chiriqui. It also warns the population that if the high tides coincide with heavy rains, then the levels of rivers and streams could increase, which could cause flooding in vulnerable areas. The staff of the National Civil Protection System, maintains constant vigilance 24 hours for any emergency, and the public can call 335 toll-free from any land line or cell, or 774-7325. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: It seems like every time the SINAPROC issues one of these high tide alerts, two to three people drown on Panama's beaches due to rip tides. If you're going into the water you might want to take some kind of a flotation device with you. So even if you get sucked off of the beach by a rip tide, you can just float it out, wait for it to lose it's power, swim parallel to the beach, and paddle your way back in. If you panic and try to fight it, you die.

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One Killed In Yesterday's Wind Storm

WeatherOne person was killed in Bocas del Toro, about 25 trees were blown down, and six houses lost their roofs in the province of Panama, as the result of strong winds that hit the country yesterday. Yesterday morning, strong winds suddenly appeared, the product of a low pressure system that originated in the Gulf of Urabá, located east of the border between Panama and Colombia, and moved to the Western part of the province of Panama. This was announced by Cesar Osorio, the Chief Weather Forecaster for the Electricity Transmission Company, S. A. (ETESA), who said that strong winds affected the Guna District, Panama East, Central and West. According to Osorio, the company measured winds of 75 kilometers per hour in the village of Tocumen.

Arturo Alvarado, the Director General of the Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) reported that the bad weather yesterday came from the intertropical convergence zone. "This area is in Panama during the nine months of the rainy season and is not associated with any external phenomenon," said Alvarado.

IMPACT - Yesterday afternoon, in the province of Bocas del Toro, there were also strong winds that caused several trees to fall. Marcos Esteban Palacio, 11, died after being hit by a huge tree that fell due to high winds. The child, who was returning with his grandmother from a nearby farm, died instantly causing consternation in the community of Débora, in the district of Guabito where he lived.

In the province of Panama 11 trees fell on houses, two on power lines and 11 on the road. In addition, six houses lost their roofs in Central and Eastern Panama. The SINAPROC recommended that trees near houses should be pruned or cut down. Family outings should also be avoided due to the bad weather. (Siglo)

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Storm Knocks Out Some Of Cable & Wireless Cell Services

WeatherThrough a press release, the company Cable & Wireless reported they are working to restore GSM mobile network service in the Eastern sector of the province of Panama and some areas of the province of the Darien, where they were affected by the weather. They say high winds and lightning affected the commercial power supply, causing the temporary suspension of telecommunications services in these areas. It is expected that the services will be restored in the coming hours. (Telemetro)
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Storm Blows Off Roofs, Knocks Down Trees, Power Out In Some Areas

WeatherThe storm of bad weather that moved through the sector of Panama City from East to West this morning blew off roofs and knocked down trees, specifically Cañita of Chepo, reported the National System of Civil Protection (SINAPROC). Arturo Alvarado, Director of Sinaproc, said these types of storms are to be expected during this time of the year, and he also advised citizens to stay in their places of work or at home, and to take the necessary measures. He also said in the area of Tocumen it is still raining in the mountains, so people should take precautions. Users via Twitter reported blackouts in several areas of the capital city. Personnel from the Community Board of Juan Diaz proceeded to remove a tree that fell in the area of Jardin Olimpico, and caused damage to a vehicle. Meanwhile, on the bridge of the Americas fell a tree blocking part of the road. (Panama America)

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Wind Storm Causes Damage This Morning in Coco del Mar, Panama City

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this morning via email: "Hey Don, Attached are pictures of the house next door in Coco del Mar that was severely damaged by the wind storm at 9:30 this morning. JT."





Editor's Comment: Thanks. Yeah, that storm blew in with an edge. Hope no one got hurt.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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