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Tuesday, June 25 2019 @ 12:03 AM UTC

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Heavy Rains, Flooding, Roofs Blown Off, Trees Down - In Colon

WeatherSeveral homes were flooded, roofs were blown off, tress blown down, and families were cut off by localized flooding, as the result of heavy rains and winds that hit yesterday afternoon in various sectors of the province of Colon. Nine homes were completely flooded when the waters rose up to 10 feet high in the area of ​​Dos Rios, in the village of Buena Vista, while two other houses were partially affected. In this same area some 150 families were cut off for six hours starting at 3:00 pm yesterday afternoon due to the flooding of the river, while in Giral three houses also were flooded, said Jaime Ospina, the regional director of the National Civil Protection System in Colon. It was also reported that the roofs were blown off of three houses in the area of ​​Puerto Pilon, and three trees were blown down in the same area. In the sectors of Cativá and Sagrada Resurrección, and along the coast there were no reports. Meanwhile, several electrical power poles fell down, leaving many people without electricity, much of the city of Colon and the surrounding areas, yesterday afternoon and evening. Rains continue in Colon, but with less intensity, so the SINAPROC requests that people who are living in areas at risk of flooding take precautions, just in case. (Prensa)

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The Wells Are Dry In Los Santos

WeatherWhile in some parts of Los Santos they are digging for water, residents of various sectors in Arraiján and La Chorrera spent much of Tuesday morning waiting for a drop to come out of the tap.

Definitely, the lack of water is hitting many, and the residents of El Guácimo, El Cedro and El Corozal in Los Santos do not escape this reality, because they are depleting groundwater wells that supply water systems of these communities. This problem has been affecting some 400 people starting about two weeks ago. According to Delfina Rivera, the Justice of the Peace in El Guácimo, for several weeks they have been facing problems with the supply from the well that supplies the liquid to the population. "In this area there are 50 homes where the water does not arrive at all. In Cedro Arriba there are 20, and in El Corzal Centro there are about 45," she said. In response, staff from the Civil Protection System inspected these areas to start the plan of distribution of drinking water.

How long? - And in the daily bread, has become the lack of water for people living in Arraiján and La Chorrera. They not only have to deal with this problem, but also with traffic jams and power fluctuations. The patience of these people was tested on Monday when they lost power, and still today, some communities had no water. Everything was due to an alleged failure at the Mendoza water treatment plant. But the problem has been remedied and in the course of yesterday afternoon the service was restored. (Mi Diario)

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963 People in Emergency Shelters in Bocas del Toro

WeatherAfter heavy rains in the province of Bocas del Toro and the flooding of the Teribe, Changuinola and Sixaola rivers, 963 people remain housed in different emergency shelters. Another 30,000 people were without clean drinking water for 38 hours, and 1,448 people were evacuated as a precaution. The National Civil Protection System announced that so far no homes have been destroyed. Sinaproc reported one eight year old child drowned when dragged by a rush of water as their family tired to cross the Pita creek. The Sinaproc lowered the alert level from Yellow to Green at midnight, in order to inspect the affected areas and to provide help to those who need it. (Estrella)
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Tree Crushes Car, Flooding in Panama City

WeatherThe bad weather does not let up. At least 15 trees were knocked down by the incessant rains and strong winds that have been hitting Panama City all day today. The director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) Arturo Alvarado said some of the streets in the area of Chanis were flooded and also parts of Ave. Balboa. A vehicle that was in the vicinity of the University of Panama was completely destroyed after a pine tree fall on it. Fortunately the owner of the vehicle was not inside at the time. (Panama America)

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Albrook And Tocumen Closed Due To Bad Weather

WeatherFlight operations at the Marcos A. Gelabert airport in Albrook have resumed after the weather conditions improved. At noon today it was decided to close the airport due to poor visibility in the area. However, an hour later operations were resumed and at this time the airport is open to flight traffic. Earlier, the Administrator of the Civil Aviation Authority, Rafael Barcenas said the decision to cancel flights came due to reduced visibility for the approach. Furthermore, it was reported pilots had to fly by instrument because of the weather conditions. The Tocumen International Airport was also closed for a time due to bad weather, and has also already reopened. (Prensa)
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SINAPROC Issues Green Alert in Bocas and Chiriqui

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) has declared a "Green Alert" for the provinces of Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui, due to severe weather. One child has reportedly been killed. According to a press release from the entity, the Director General of the SINAPROC Arturo Alvarado said Saturday a "green alert" has been declared due to heavy rains that have fallen in the past 24 hours. Alvarado said people should only pay attention to the official alerts issued by the SINAPROC, distributed through their website and via television and radio networks, and not those sent over the Internet on the various social media networks.

Editor's Comment: Very often Twitter and Facebook can get the word out faster than the "official" notifications. There have been several instances of false message being distributed by people who just want to cause fear and panic, for whatever reason. So, if you see a warning or alert on one of the social networks, I would also advise that you take a minute to confirm that alert through an official source, if possible. There are all sorts of reports of heavy rain, local flooding, roofs blown off, trees down, power out - so try to stay off the roads if possible.

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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SINAPROC Reports On Storm in Las Tablas Area

WeatherHeavy rain with winds over 24 knots today blew the roofs off of several houses in Mensabe, La Enea de Guararé, and La Candelaria, and uprooted trees in Pocrí - all in the province of Los Santos, said the director of the National Civil Protection System, Arturo Alvarado. He said also in the port of Mensabe people reported the sinking of several boats, but so far there have been no reports of injuries and he could not specify the number of people affected. The gale occurred in those areas of the province of Los Santos, while the SINAPROC and the Ministry of Agricultural Development coordinated assistance to farmers and residents who have been affected by the drought in other parts of the province of Los Santos. Alvarado said he will move now to the affected areas, and also the Minister of Housing and Zoning, Jose Domingo Arias, decided to send a crew to check the status of those affected. (TVN)
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Big Storm Hitting Azuero, Las Tablas, Los Santos

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - All of the Panamanian news outlets are reporting on a strong storm currently hitting the areas of Las Tablas, Guararé, and Los Santos on the Azuero peninsula. There are many reports of trees down, roofs blown off, and damage to boats. If you live in this region you already know about the storm - keep your heads down and don't go out on the road unless necessary. Reports from the area of Chiriqui are that the skies are getting dark - so the storm is probably headed your way. Heads up.

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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Big Storm This Morning Knocked Down Trees, Billboards

WeatherThe storm that occurred on Tuesday morning knocked down 23 trees and caused other havoc across the country, said this afternoon, the director of SINAPROC, Arturo Alvarado. He specified that the strong winds knocked down trees in Juan Diaz, Tocumen, Felipillo, Colon, Portobelo, Nuevo Vigia and Changuinola in Bocas del Toro. Alvarado said the storm is typical of the season and the skies have cleared, but warned that Panamanians must prepare for climate change effects, because this situation is dangerous. He reiterated that educators should not let children leave schools until the storm passes. In Changuinola, a tree fell on an IPT school and affected power lines that knocked out electricity to the community. In the area known as Balboa, in the municipality of Rio Abajo, a billboard came loose and fell on two buses at a stop, but no injuries were reported. (TVN)
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Heavy Rains And High Tides Forecast For Western Chiriqui Province

WeatherThe National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) today urged residents in the coastal and lowland areas around Barú, Bugaba and Alanje to increase their alert status and prevention efforts because of the bad weather they are expecting in those areas, in the Western part of the province of Chiriqui in the next few hours. Serrano said that by the beginning of tonight, Monday July 23, there are high tides, as well as forecasts for heavy rains in the lowlands of western Pacific coast of Chiriqui, which increases the likelihood of reported flooding. "There are emergency plans and evacuation should not be a problem," said Serrano. (TVN)

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