Costa Rica residents should brace themselves Wednesday for the strongest winds in 13 years.
The National Meteorological Institute told the daily La Nación that gusts reaching 80-90 kilometers are expected in the Central Valley and the northwest province of Guanacaste, due to a high-pressure system in the Caribbean.
The institute warned residents to be careful and to avoid areas where there is a risk of falling trees or branches.
Since last week, powerful winds have caused problems for emergency workers fighting a blaze at Chirripó National Park in the Southern Zone. The currents have carried flames through the treetops. The fire has burned through 150 hectares of forest.