Hurricane Julia, after passing near the Colombian archipelago of San Andre’s, Providencia and Santa Catalina, struck Nicaragua, where it hit the Caribbean coast and dumped torrential rains across Central America before returning to the Pacific as tropical storm. According to the NHC, it has now moved north along the coasts of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala
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Julia struck like a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 140km / h, then decreased to 65km / h as it moved beyond Nicaragua. It has damaged hundreds of homes in the country but, fortunately, caused no casualties, government officials reported
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Local authorities blamed the hurricane for three deaths in Honduras, including a young woman and a four-year-old boy who died after a boat capsized near the Nicaraguan border on Saturday night, while a 22-year-old woman who died on Sunday was overwhelmed by floodwaters in the North
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According to local media, around one million residents of the coastal region of Nicaragua were left without electricity and the internet due to both the power failures due to the storm and the government’s decision to cut electricity for safety reasons.
Nicaragua’s National Disaster System tweeted Sunday that the entire country was on “red alert” after heavy rains caused multiple rivers to overflow. Guillermo Gonzalez, director of the Nicaraguan disaster system, told a press conference that Julia caused no casualties in the country, but that more than 13,000 families were evacuated, more than 800 homes were flooded and many roofs were damaged.
Gonzalez warned the population that, despite the hurricane is moving away from Nicaragua, risks remain for the population. The NHC reiterated the alert on the “risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides across Central America and southern Mexico” at least until Tuesday 11 October.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro said Sunday, October 9 on social media that Julia had left “minor damage” in San Andres and Providencia, Colombian islands off the coast of Nicaragua. In San Andres, strong winds pulled the tin roofs off the houses, according to police captain Octavio Gutierrez. On Sunday, police and locals worked together to remove fallen tree trunks and branches from the streets
In high-risk areas of Honduras, authorities have declared a red alert and called on residents to evacuate. Earlier on Sunday, Salvadorans prayed in city squares after El Salvador President Nayib Bukele declared the day “National Day of Prayer”, inviting citizens to “come together to pray and ask for God’s protection.”