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Jun 18, 2012

Rain on coastal areas cause damage to road

The coastal areas of the country were inundated by inclement weather. In the south of the country, the Sittee River went above normal levels, while the Kendal crossing was under water. A section of the Southern Highway, which lacked culverts, was also washed away. The highway is being repaired and the Kendal is now passable.  But the torrents have not stopped residents from wondering what caused the lengthy downpour. News Five spoke to Forecaster Frank Tench of the National Meteorological Service.

 

Frank Tench, Forecaster, National Meteorological Service

Frank Tench

“For the international airport, the rainfall we had for the weekend amounted to six point one three inches. So far for the month of June, the total rainfall for the international airport measures about fourteen point five-five inches. The average or normal for the month of June at the airport is about nine point five inches. So you can see already we are way above—almost fifty percent above the average what we expect for this month. That’s just international airport. When we get the returns from other stations, I would not be surprise if their totals are also above average especially in the coastal stations in the South: Melinda Savannah and some of the stations in the North like Libertad and Tower Hill. The main cause for the intense rains has been a trough of low pressure lingering over the region for since late last weekend and has continued to produce quite a bit of rain mainly along coastal and southern portions of the country. These rains have caused some flooding in parts of the southern districts and it has been brought to the attention of the public because it has severely disrupted especially in the south of the country.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Over the past month, we have been having a lot rains. any idea of when we should expect it to subside?”

 

Frank Tench

“We have to bear in mind, all this rain is against the backdrop that we are in the rainy season and the months of June, July, right into October, rainfall tends to be rather higher than normal and June is considered one of our rainy months. Initially, the rains started Thursday when we had the passage of tropical wave and then we had some relief on Friday and then the rains came back with a vengeance over the weekend where rainfall was pretty excessive across much of the country.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Any of the weekend rains were over the mountain? I know people worry about flashfloods.”

 

Frank Tench

“Largely, the rains have been occurring over coastal areas; sometimes concentrated over northern coastal areas and other times over southern coastal areas. But largely, the rains have been occurring along the coast, over the sea and as I’ve said sometimes concentrated in the north, and then others times concentrated in the south as in this last weekend.”

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