Officials warn of hazardous surf conditions through Wednesday
By The Star Staff
Bureau for Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (NMEAD by its Spanish initials) Commissioner Nino Correa Filomeno announced Sunday that the National Meteorology Service predicted a high risk of sea currents on the north and southeast coasts and that rainy conditions could affect the entire region until Tuesday or Wednesday.
“Recently, we have already had several losses of life of people who entered the water at beaches and did not survive due to the strong currents,” Correa Filomeno said in a written statement. “Likewise, at the beginning of February we had an atypical episode of heavy rain that affected our island. We are reporting that during these days the currents are strong and that heavy downpours could be reported, so we all have to be vigilant and prepared for any eventuality.”
The NMEAD commissioner urged inns and hotels to warn tourists to take appropriate precautions.
“We don’t want to have any more drowning fatalities on our beaches,” he added.
Correa Filomeno said NMEAD’s operational areas have been activated to respond to any eventuality. The bureau maintains constant communication with the Municipal Offices for Emergency Management in all municipalities, the bureaus of the island Department of Public Safety, the Coast Guard and municipal police forces.
To report any emergency, citizens can call or text 9-1-1 to request assistance from the appropriate agencies.