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Severe storm leaves one dead and 100 homes damaged in Heredia

June 7th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) A severe storm struck Heredia yesterday at around 2 p.m., leaving one woman dead and 100 homes damaged.  Initial reports indicated that the severe storm was accompanied by a tornado, though the National Meterological Institute (IMN) later called those reports inaccurate.

 

The death occurred in the community of Guararí, when a tree fell on a house, which collapsed a wall that crushed the victim, according to a Red Cross spokesperson.

 

Wind gusts tore the roofs from several homes and a school, and downed trees feel onto homes and vehicles.  Heavy rains also flooded buildings and homes, while large amounts of hail caused additional damage.  Windows were broken out of the San Vicente de Paul hospital in Heredia.

 

Crews from the Public Service Company of Heredia (ESPH) and the Compañia Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) were working after the storm to repair downed power poles and restore electricity.

 

The weather station in Santa Barbara de Heredia recording 61 liters of rainfall per square meter between 2pm and 3pm.

 

The severe storm caused damage in central Heredia, Miraflores de San Pablo de Heredia, Los Lagos, Guararí, San Francisco, Santa Rosa de Santo Domingo, Santa Bárbara, La Rusia de Flores, and Cubujuquí.  Additional damage occurred in San Rafael de Alajuela and Leo XIII in Tibás, San Jose.

 

On Tuesday, a rare tornado struck Naranjo, in Alajuela, damaging at least 15 homes.

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