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Eleven Houses Collapsed In Colon Mudslides

WeatherAfter 11 residences in the Nuevo Arco Iris residential area collapsed, in the province of Colon, the director of the Fire Department of Panama, Pablo Tuñón, recommended the evacuation of all people living in the project consisting of 150 homes.

Tuñón, who went to the Atlantic coast, explained that so far they have been able to determine that an underground stream has eroded the land underneath where the housing project was built, a situation that has gradually worsened due to the heavy rains that have been falling continuously since last Thursday.

The Ministry of Housing and Land Management (Miviot) reported that 23 families have been affected by the collapse of the houses.

Those affected have been relocated to local hotels and are waiting to receive an answer to solve their housing problem.

A total of 84 people were affected by this incident that took place yesterday, Friday, in the houses that were delivered six months ago by the Government.

Currently officials from Miviot, the Fire Department, and the National System of Civil Protection are conducting an inspection of the area.

According to the Miviot authorities, the people, including children, are receiving breakfast, lunch and dinner from the Government. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: There was a mudslide late yesterday, and eleven houses slid down the hill and basically sank. Miraculously, no one was killed. Several people were pulled from the rubble and taken to local hospitals to be checked for injuries.

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Panama Canal Authority Dumping Water From Lakes Gatun and Alajuela

Weather Due to the heavy rains that occurred yesterday, Friday, in the province of Colon, the Panama Canal Authority announced that on Saturday they performed preventive water spills from Gatun Lake and Lake Alajuela because they have reached their maximum operating levels.

The preventative water spills are being performed now through the Gatun and Madden dams, which dam the waters of lakes Gatun and Alajuela, respectively, said Carlos Vargas, the Vice President of the Water Department of the Panama Canal Authority.

Because of the water spillage operation, the ACP closed a vehicular bridge located downstream of the Gatun spillway for security reasons, said Vargas.

He recalled that during the season of flood control in the Panama Canal, water spill operations have intensified in recent days, so he asked the public to vacate these areas and to stay in safe places. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: It rains a lot in late November in Panama. Colon has been getting pounded. If this year is anything like the past two years, the Chilibre water treatment plant should go off line any day now, due to mudslides and silting in Lake Alajuela.

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Flooding, Mudslides, Trees Down In Panama City After Storm Today

WeatherThe heavy rain which fell on Panama City this afternoon, Wednesday, 14 November 2012, left behind several flooded streets, mudslides, and fallen trees. Specifically in the areas of Tumba Muerto, Rio Abajo, Via España, El Dorado and Vista Hermosa. It was also reported that a wall of a house collapsed on Ave 12 de Octubre, a tree fell down near the Chinese Panamanian Institute, and there was a mudslide next to the Southern Corridor. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Panama sees the heaviest rains every year in late November and early December, right before dry season kicks in. There have been reports of a taste of "dirt" in the drinking water in Panama, in areas served by the water treatment plant in Chilibre. That plant gets its raw source water from Lake Bayano, and these heavy rains cause mudslides. The dirt goes into the lake, the source water gets silted, and the water treatment plant goes offline. The exact same thing has happened at this time of year for the past two years in a row (2010 and 2011). You've been warned. There is a very good possibility that before too long, a big storm will knock that water treatment plant offline, again this year. Start buying those 5 gallon large plastic jugs of drinking water now, before they are all snapped up.

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About 40 Houses Flooded in Colon

WeatherAbout 40 families were affected by floods in various communities in the province of Colon. Among the neighborhoods affected are: La Amistad and Villa Venecia in Cristóbal, and San Pedro A, B y C, Guayabal, El Polvorín and others in Cativá.

The heavy rains fell in the province starting late Monday into early Tuesday, causing flooding of streams and rivers, as well as flooded streets and homes.

The De Freitas family, in La Amistad, saw how their house became a swimming pool. Mercedes De Freitas said this is not the first time, because it happens every time it rains.

At Villa Venicia the access road was turned into a river to the point where cars could not move, and the water rose to enter several homes.

De Freitas sought help from the authorities of Colon, who know that this happens constantly. "We don't want them to come looking for votes, but rather we want them to come to help dredge the creeks," she said.

Jaime Ospina, the Director of SINAPROC in Colon, said he toured the affected sites in order to draft a report, and to bring the help that is always given in these kinds of cases.

While this was happening, some avenues were filled with water, and the stretch leading from Arco Iris to Margarita remained impassable due to the water level. (Dia a Dia)

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Repairing Power Lines After Yesterday's Wind Storm

WeatherRepresentatives from the company Electra Northeast arrived to repair some of the power lines that were affected by the rains and high winds that occurred in the evening yesterday. In the area of ​​Calle 45 in Bella Vista, fallen trees were affecting the cables, causing many people to be left without electricity. Meanwhile, in Curundú the wind blew the roof off of one of the temporary shelters, and many families were left with losses. (Panama America)

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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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Possible Strong Storms This Afternoon - ETESA Issued Warning

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Weather forecasters at the Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica, S.A - ETESA - issued a warning at noon today, about the possibility of severe weather in Panama this afternoon.

They said satellite imagery, lightening strikes, and other weather information indicate the presence of collective cloud cells near the Upper and Lower coasts of the province of Colon, in the Kuna Yala, the Darién, and all parts of the Province of Panama (East, central, and West.) Isolated light rains were recorded in Bocas Del Toro, the Upper and Lower coasts of Colon, the Eastern part of Panama, and Kuna Yala. The sky remains cloudy in both the Caribbean and Pacific, and a radio survey shows a very unstable atmosphere.

The Weather Outlook for the next 6 hours according to the most recent run of the weather models - Caribbean slope: isolated light rain is expected with electrical activity on the Upper and Lower coasts of Colon and the Kuna Yala. On the Pacific Rim: Rain is expected with electrical activity in the Darien, all parts of the province of Panama, as well as in the central regions of Cocle and Veraguas.

There is a prevailing low pressure system over Eastern Panama, and mid-level low pressure remains centered over the central and western Panama. At high levels a trough is reflected extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the West Central Region shaft over the Bay of Campeche (Mexico).

Editor's Comment: ETESA backed up this more technical report with a Tweet in which they issued a much clearer warning for the next five hours, on the possibility of strong storms in the province of Panama, moving over the Bay of Panama towards Cocle, and the risk of flooding. So, rainy season, strong storms, 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. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Listening In On Emergency Response To Hurricane Sandy

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The National Hurricane Center is now predicting that Hurricane Sandy will make landfall in Southern New Jersey and Delaware early this evening.

My parents are in the path of the storm in upstate New York. Local police, fire, and emergency responders from the power company are already running from one incident to another, in which gusting winds have blown down trees. In many cases the trees have taken down power lines, or are blocking roads. In a few cases trees have crashed into houses. My dad reports that they have already lost their cable television service, which also means no Internet service. The local power company - Orange and Rockland - has a live website which shows how many of their customers are without power and an estimate of when service will be restored. Right now, emergency responders are just going from site to site and they are being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of calls.

If you are interested in keeping tabs of what's going on, you can hit this website - www.radioreference.com - which provides online free audio of emergency responders frequencies. You can select the area you are interested in by state, and then zoom in further to select the county or town. I'm listening to all of the police and fire responders in Orange County right now, live.

The storm hasn't even crossed the coast, and already about one third of the city is without power. This is going to be a devastating storm...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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750 Affected By Flooding As Tonosí River Overflows Its Banks

WeatherThe National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) reports that about 300 houses have been affected by flooding when the Tonosí river overflowed its banks, uprooting some 750 people. The regional director of the institution, Hector Gracia said the people are still evacuating, that it is still raining, and they have established a temporary shelter. Ceferino Hernandez, a teacher at the Rosa Maria Angulo de Arce school in Tonosí said classes were suspended because many of the students and teachers were unable to leave their homes. According to Hernandez, the rain started on Monday, it rained for 12 hours straight, then it started again on Tuesday at about 2:00 pm. This is the first flood in 2012, and this time Tonosí Centro, pueblo Nuevo, and El Bebedero de Tonosí have been affected. (Panama America)

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Heavy Rains and Flooding in Chiriqui and Tonosi

WeatherBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Besides all of the crap going on in Colon and the protests related to Law 72 this morning, the weather is also making some headlines today. Heavy rains are intensifying in Chiriquí prompting the authorities to order some precautionary evacuations. The river in Puerto Armuelles is rising and threatening to leave its banks and flood the surrounding areas. The National Civil Protection System is responding to flood victims in the areas of Tonosí, El Bebedero and Sambú. So, heads up to the possibility of heavier than normal rains and localized flooding in those areas.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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