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Hurricane Julia responsible for 28 deaths across Central America

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2022. 11:38 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Latin Post, citing the Associated Press, reports that Hurricane Julia is reported to be responsible for as many as 28 deaths from Guatemala to Nicaragua.

The deaths include five in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, who were buried alive after a hillside collapsed on a house; nine in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, including a soldier performing rescue work; one woman in Honduras swept away by currents and three others swamped in a boat, while in Nicaragua a tree fell on a man, killing him.

Reuters added that Salvadoran authorities reported the deaths of 10 people, including five soldiers, and said more than 1,000 people were evacuated. Panama’s emergency services confirmed later on Monday two deaths as a result of heavy rains, with around 300 people evacuated from communities near the country’s border with Costa Rica.

According to AccuWeather, Tropical Storm Julia is now over the eastern Pacific. However, weather experts are warning that it could still spawn new systems along the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts this week. By Monday afternoon, Julia had dissipated and what was left of the storm was moving northwest at 15 miles per hour over Guatemala near the border with Mexico, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour.

But there is still a worry of life-threatening surf and rip conditions along the coasts of El Salvador and Guatemala, while heavy rain could still cause flash flooding. It predicted an additional one to four inches of rain in El Salvador and southern Guatemala and three to six inches on Mexico’s Tehuantepec isthmus. The former hurricane lost intensity and strength, thanks to Nicaragua’s rugged terrain. By the time it hit the Pacific coasts of El Salvador and Guatemala, it was only a tropical depression. However, this did not stop the storm from causing much damage.

The storm previously hit Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia, before lashing Nicaragua. It then hit parts of Honduras before hitting El Salvador and Guatemala.

 

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