Hurricane Julia ripped via Nicaragua on Sunday, lashing the nation with winds and heavy rain and bringing probably life-threatening flooding and landfall throughout a lot of Central America.
The nation’s climate company mentioned most sustained winds have been estimated at 85 mph (140 kph) when the storm made landfall close to the Laguna de Perlas space at 0715 GMT.
However the US Nationwide Hurricane Heart warned that Julia – whose heart was about 65 miles northeast of the capital Managua at 1500 GMT – was nonetheless packing a punch, not only for Nicaragua however for neighboring international locations.
Julia was anticipated to emerge from the Pacific coast by Sunday night, then transfer to the northwest “parallel to the Pacific coasts of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala tonight and thru Monday.”
Hours earlier, in Bluefields, Nicaragua, one of many predominant coastal cities hit by the storm, fishermen have been busy defending their boats as individuals rushed to purchase groceries and withdraw cash from ATMs.
Earlier than reaching Nicaragua, Julia handed over a trio of Colombian islands, inflicting rain and lightning within the nation’s north, an atmosphere ministry official instructed AFP.
Authorities have evacuated about 6,000 individuals in Laguna de Perlas, the Miskito Keys and different areas off the coast.
The municipality of about 60,000 inhabitants has many susceptible constructions.
The Class 4 hurricane devastated whole neighborhoods on the southwest coast of the Sunshine State. In accordance with US media, greater than 100 individuals have been killed.
initially revealed Hurricane Julia slams Nicaragua, threatens Central America