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Wednesday, June 26 2019 @ 06:37 PM UTC

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Heavy Rain Screwing Up Friday Afternoon Traffic in Panama City

WeatherThe heavy rain that fell this afternoon on Panama City caused some inconvenience to drivers, especially in the area of the Northern and Southern ​corridors. Some drivers reported poor visibility on roads and had to move with caution. Because of this rain traffic congestion is reported in different sectors of the metropolitan area of Panama. The biggest traffic jams are reported on Via Transístmica, Ricardo J. Alfaro, Via España, and Calle 50. There is also slow traffic on the coastal strip. At the time of writing this information so far there have not been any reports of homes affected by flooding or having their roofs blown off. (Prensa)

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WEATHER ALERT - There Are Reports Of A "Tornado" Near Calidonia

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - About 15 minutes ago there was a report via Twitter that someone had supposedly spotted a "tornado" near Calidonia in Panama City. There is currently a very large and powerful rainstorm hitting the city. I don't think the report is true - however it is possible. Responses and replies to the original message said "heavy rain and strong winds" in that area. And, it's raining like hell right now in El Cangrejo. Anyway, if you hear that classic "freight train" sound - do nothing, because you're probably already in a cement building that's built like a bomb shelter...

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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Heavy Downpours Flood Streets And Screw Up Traffic in Panama City

WeatherThere are reports of several sectors of the capital Panama City that were affected by heavy rains in the afternoon today that flooded the streets causing a massive traffic jam. The sectors affected by flooding are Chanis, Río Abajo, Santa Elena, Puente de Balboa, while some streets such as the bridge in San Miguelito and Villa Lucre were experience huge traffic backups. (TVN)

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Drought Affecting Cattle In The "Dry Arch" of Los Santos Along Pacific Coast of Panama

WeatherWhile it's pouring rain in Panama City, cattle ranchers along the Pacific coast of the province of Los Santos are looking anywhere for ways to get water to their animals, to keep the drought from hitting them in their wallets. Assistance from the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) in the form of grass, food and water for the livestock has not reached the farms, and cattle ranchers are watching their animals die, said Edilberto Peralta, one of the producers concerned. According to Peralta the MIDA must take urgent action, because otherwise there will be a crisis in the livestock and crop farms along the Pacific coast of Los Santos. "Cows are falling, milk production has dropped, and crops are drying up because it does not rain in this region, part of the dry arch" he said.

Evaluation - He said the MIDA has conducted a study in Santa Ana to support producers, but the aid is needed immediately to alleviate the situation. He acknowledged three "choppers" were sent to the region, but there is no sugar cane or corn to chop up as feed for the cattle, and the farmers have no economic resources (money).

Guzman de Gracia is another concerned producer in the sector of La Espigadilla of Los Santos, and he said the troughs are without water because only two showers have fallen this winter. "We want to help as soon as possible because there are more than 60 farmers in La Espigadilla who are in crisis, and about 20 farmers who are losing all their crops of peppers, rice, corn, tomatoes," explained the producer. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: It seems strange to be talking about a drought in Panama, when the rest of the country is spending most of its time under water because of the constant downpours. I guess they call this area the "dry arch" for a reason. Another example of how there are many and varied "micro climates" in Panama.

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Strong Winds Destroy Hundreds of Banana Plants in Changuinola

WeatherThe banana growing area of Changuinola was hit yesterday morning by a storm that caused heavy losses in the companies that cultivate this important fruit, exported from Panama to Europe and America. Some of the companies most affected are the Atlantic Banana Cooperative R. L. (Cooabana) and the Bocas Fruit Company. Antonio Jordan, the administrator of Coobana, said about forty thousand plants were uprooted by strong winds, representing an estimated loss of over $100,000 in the three properties owned by this company.

Low Production - Jordan also said there will be a low production in the coming weeks, and they may not meet their commitments to international markets due to the damage caused by the storm yesterday in the province. He said it would take approximately nine months to recover from the losses caused by the storm, and he said company employees would issue the their official figures today.

Evaluation - A spokesman for the Bocas Fruit Company said they are assessing their properties farm by farm, to determine the exact number of plants damaged by the strong winds. It could be noted that on the "Débora" and "California" plantations, hundreds of plants were knocked down. (Siglo)

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Possibly More Severe Weather On The Way From The West

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Hang on to your hats, guys. The forecasters at the ETESA weather center are issuing warnings of possibly even stronger storms coming into Panama City from the West. They say the heavy rains that fell during the early afternoon on Thursday in Panama City, which knocked down trees and caused windshield smashing hail, were produced by a tropical wave in the Caribbean near Panama. Emmanuel Velasquez, a meteorologist for ETESA said a tropical wave moved through the Northern part of Panama on Thursday morning coupled with the normal daytime heating led to the development of these storms. He said these storms will continue in the Western part of the country. He said the radar during the afternoon showed heavy rains would also be recorded in Arraiján, La Chorrera and as far as Coclé. He also said strong gusts of wind spread with great intensity. So far they have received reports of hail in Tocumen and the Costa del Este.

Editor's Comment: I watched the animated satellite image on the ETESA website, and it looks to me like the strong storms are continuing to develop to the West of Panama City, and they will be coming this way. I think we already went through round one, and there's more on the way.



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 Strong Storm and Hail in Panama City

WeatherHail was reported by several users via Twitter, especially in the Costa del Este. Reports emerged during a heavy downpour that hit several parts of Panama City. Arturo Alvarado, the Director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), confirmed the hailstorm hit the areas of Costa del Este, Juan Diaz and Tocumen. Additionally, Javier Castillo, the Chief of Operations for Sinaproc, reported trees were down on the Southern Corridor, Santa Elena, Chanis, and a tree fell on a house in Sector 22 of Mañanitas, where no injuries were reported. Also in 4th Street in Ciudad Radial flooding was reported, Sinaproc staff are responding to the area to quantify the impairment. (Telemetro)

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Strong Winds At Tocumen - All Flight Activity Suspended

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There are reports of very strong winds blowing in the vicinity of the Tocumen International Airport. All flight activity - arrivals and departures - have been temporarily suspended until the weather system passes.

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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Via España Blocked By Flooding in Rio Abajo

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Problem - Via España has been blocked by local flooding due to the rain near the Do It Center in Rio Abajo. With the Southern Corridor still blocked by the large tree that fell down in the two eastbound lanes, this would normally be the alternate route. Be careful out there guys. Watch for down power lines as well.

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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Weather - Large Tree Down, Southern Corridor Blocked Towards Airport

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - A large tree has been blown down by this storm, and it's blocking the Southern Corridor past Llano Bonito on the side going towards the Tocumen International Airport. The rain is still falling and there have been many reports of large hail falling in that same area. Take precautions, avoid the area, use alternate routes to reach the airport.

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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