March 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Wind gusts of up to 110 kilometers per hour damaged at least a dozen homes and left communities throughout the country without electricity over the weekend.
Also damaged were a school, condominiums, a group of vehicles, and a fairground in various parts of the country.
Six homes were partially destroyed by falling trees in Liberia, Las Juntas, Valverde Vega, and Esperza, where the wind took the roof off a school.
Other homes lost roofing material in San Jose, San Pedro, Poas, La Guacima, and San Isidro (Coronado).
In Nicoya, a tree fell on a group of parked vehicles, while in Piedades de Santa Ana, a condominium building was damaged.
Fructuoso Garrido, director of distribution for power company, CNFL, reported that there were at least 30 areas without power in the greater metropolitan area and three fallen power poles in Mora, Goicoechea and Santa Barbara. In Heredia, power company ESPH reported 15 outages, especially in San Rafael and San Isidro.
Mauricio Madrigal from the Fire Department said they attended 70 emergencies due to electrical short circuits and had to control burning scrubland that threatened to spread.
According to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), strong winds and low temperatures will continue today.