Ideam’s head of forecasts, Daniel Useche, said on Monday that “The most tragic” of the Iota category 5 hurricane in its path through the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina “it was lived at dawn”.
“The most tragic thing could be said that it was lived in the early hours of the morning of today “, said the official to the station ‘Blu Radio’.
In turn, the Secretary of Risk Management of San Andrés, Walden Downs Pomare, reported on the radio that all the hospital system is operating “normally”, and explained that the curfew persists in the archipelago from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday morning
“We we maintain our preventive measures, tourists and residents cannot be on public roads, shops are closed and shelters are enabled, “he explained.
Meanwhile, the National Risk Management Unit reported that the entity’s staff is present in San Andrés “coordinating actions with territorial entities of the National Disaster Risk Management System in the face of Hurricane Iota “.
In turn, the captain of Puerto de San Andrés, Francisco Lekhan, reported this Monday that “at this moment we have winds in San Andrés in excess of 100 kilometers per hour with a lot of rain” and added that “these conditions are expected to last into the night of today “.
Earlier, Dimar had reported this Monday in a statement that Iota had been strengthened since the early morning and in the morning it became a category 5 hurricane that continues to affect the Colombian archipelago with all its force, especially the Providencia, Santa Catalina and Banco Quitasueño Islands.
Providencia has been cut off since 3 in the morning, under heavy rain and hurricane force winds that have damaged infrastructure and knocked down poles, roofs and trees.
“Your eye is located with a minimum pressure of 925 millibar, sustained winds of 135 knots (250 km / h), gusts of up to 155 knots (287 km / h) and with a slow displacement, at a speed of 9 knots (16 km / h) to the west. At this time the eye of the hurricane (distance in a straight line) is located at: Providencia 8 Km, Santa Catalina 15 Km San Andrés 56 Km, Quitasueño 61 Km Albuquerque, 82 Km, Serrana 89 Km, Roncador 90 Km, Serranilla 173 Km Bajo New 224 km “, reads the Dimar report.