Hurricane Julia hits Nicaragua with torrential rainfall

The US National Hurricane Center said Julia’s maximum sustained winds were steady around 75 mph late Saturday.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Hurricane Julia made landfall on the central Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and caused torrential rains across Central America before erupting back into the Pacific Ocean as a tropical storm. It is forecast to move parallel to the coasts of El Salvador and Guatemala on Monday.

Julia made landfall Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 km/h), although its winds were reduced to a tropical storm of 40 mph hours (65 km/h) on Sunday night as it moved over Nicaragua.

The US National Hurricane Center said Julia was centered about 95 miles (155 km) southeast of San Salvador, El Salvador and was moving west at 15 mph (24 km/h). .

It said life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible across Central America and southern Mexico through Tuesday, with the storm expected to bring up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain. in isolated areas.

Colombia’s national disaster agency on Sunday reported that Julia blew off the roofs of several homes and toppled trees as it exploded over San Andres Island in eastern Nicaragua. No immediate reports of deaths

In Nicaragua, Vice President Rosario Murillo told broadcaster TN8 that there had been no reports of deaths so far, but that power and communications had been cut off in some areas. She said 9,500 people have been evacuated to shelters.

Local media showed images of fallen trees on roads and local flooding.

Heavy rain and evacuations were also reported in Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica, where several highways were closed due to downpours.

Guillermo González, Nicaragua’s Disaster Response System Director, told official media that high-risk people were evacuated from coastal areas at noon Saturday. The military said it had delivered humanitarian supplies to Bluefields and Laguna de Perlas for distribution to 118 temporary shelters.

The storm is forecast to rise over the Pacific Ocean and cover the coasts of El Salvador and Guatemala, an area already saturated by weeks of heavy rain. It is expected to dissolve on Monday night.

In Guatemala, storms since early May have caused at least 49 confirmed deaths, with six missing. Guatemalan officials say roads and hundreds of homes have been damaged.

In El Salvador, where 19 people have died this rainy season, the worst rainfall is expected on Monday and Tuesday, said Fernando López, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. Officials say they have opened 61 shelters with a capacity of more than 3,000 people. Hurricane Julia hits Nicaragua with torrential rainfall

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