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Cyclone Threatened Colombia – Brazil World Cup Qualifying match


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Cyclone in the Caribbean threatened the Colombia – Brazil World Cup Qualifying match – Photo: Public Domain / Pxhere

An atmospheric disturbance in the form of a cyclone, identified as AL98, could reach the Colombian Caribbean, impacting the football match between Colombia and Brazil. Despite the usual hurricane season in the Caribbean region, covering the months from June to November, nearing its end, the latest statement from the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology, and Environmental Studies (Ideam) indicated a 50% probability of cyclonic formation in the next few hours due to atmospheric formations over the central and western Caribbean that have become conducive to the development of a tropical depression.

Thus, the Institute warned that in the coming hours, there might be moderate to heavy rains in the Atlantic region, especially in the islands of San Andres and Providencia, the Urabá Gulf, and the coasts of Cordoba, Sucre, Bolivar, Atlantico, and Magdalena, with waves that could reach heights of 3 meters. Consequently, the football match between the national teams tonight, a qualifying game for the 2026 World Cup, might be affected.

Impact on the Colombia – Brazil football match

The likelihood of adverse weather affecting today’s match in Barranquilla stands at 50%, as the inclement weather conditions could begin today and last for 7 days, although it is expected that the disturbance will move into the Caribbean Sea and advance towards the Greater Antilles.

Therefore, although there is a high chance of rain during the sporting event, authorities are working under the assumption that the match will proceed as usual. Ideam’s forecast indicates a “partly or completely cloudy sky with occurrences of light to moderate intensity precipitation” for tonight, although the rains would intensify over the weekend, with waves exceeding 3.5 meters.

Authorities on alert since August

Considering that November is still a time of strong disturbances in the Caribbean, and in anticipation of potential impacts, authorities have been on alert for several months. The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (Ungrd) announced the activation of preventive measures and the deployment of over 12 tons of humanitarian assistance, in response to the potential threat of tropical cyclones in the western region of the Caribbean Sea.

Olmedo López Martínez, the director of Ungrd, specified that this action has been taken based on reports from the National Hurricane Center, which is currently monitoring a disturbance in the aforementioned region.

Similarly, citizens and tourists have been advised to exercise caution and remain alert in case of evacuations due to sudden rises in river levels or strong winds.

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Hurricanes are common between June and November in the Caribbean – Credit: Josep Freixes / Colombia One

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