Tropical Storm Julia closes in on Central America

Residents leave their house under pouring rain at the former banana fields of the municipality of El Progreso, Yoro department, Honduras, before the arrival of tropical storm Julia on October 8, 2022. – AFP pic, October 9, 2022.

CENTRAL America and Colombia were on alert yesterday as Tropical Storm Julia churned in the southern Caribbean basin, likely to strengthen into a hurricane before hitting Nicaragua, authorities said.

In the city of Bluefields on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, which is expected to lie in the path of Julia’s wrath, fishermen were busy safeguarding their boats and people rushed to buy groceries and withdraw money from automated teller machines.

The storm’s centre was about 90km from the Colombian island of Providencia and about 281.64km northeast of Bluefields as of 9pm yesterday, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

“The centre of Julia is expected to reach the coast of Nicaragua overnight, move across Nicaragua today, and then move near or along the Pacific coasts of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala through tomorrow,” the NHC warned.

Its winds of 112.65kph are expected to increase at the same time, the NHC said.

Heavy rain from the storm was expected to trigger flooding and landslides.

Julia is set to strike Central America less than two weeks after deadly Hurricane Ian crashed into the southwest of the US state of Florida, in one of the deadliest US hurricanes on record.

The Category 4 storm flattened whole neighbourhoods on the Sunshine State’s west coast. More than 100 people were killed, according to US media. – AFP, October 9, 2022.

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