Tropical Storm Peter could bring 1 to 3 inches of rain
By The Star Staff
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported Sunday that Tropical Storm Peter would pass to the north and northeast of Puerto Rico early this week, and although a direct impact is not expected, it could bring about 1 to 3 inches of rain across the island.
“Based on the most recent official tracking forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Peter is expected to pass more than 250 miles north and northeast of the local islands during the beginning of the work week,” the NWS noted in its Sunday afternoon bulletin. “Although no direct impacts are expected, the combination of humidity associated with an upper trough will result in an increase in downpours and thunderstorm activity across the local islands on Monday and Tuesday.”
“At this time, total rainfall accumulations are expected to fluctuate between 1 and 3 inches, with higher amounts locally,” the NWS said. “This could result in flooding in urban areas and streams.”
In addition to rain activity, the NWS indicated that choppy to dangerous maritime conditions can be expected, primarily through local Atlantic waters, with swells fluctuating between 5 and 8 feet.
“The highest swell is expected to occur late Monday through late Tuesday night,” the agency said. “Finally, the deterioration in the waves will also result in an elevated risk of ocean currents through the northern beaches and some eastern beaches of the local islands.”
Separately, the NWS issued a flood warning for municipalities in western Puerto Rico until 5 p.m. Sunday.
The municipalities that were to be affected by the heavy rains were: Añasco, Lares, Las Marías, Maricao and Mayagüez.