Hurricane Julia hits Nicaragua

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Hurricane Julia hits Nicaragua

The hurricane had reached a speed of 136 km/h at the time of landfall .

Hurricane Julia hit the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua at dawn on Sunday before entering its territory, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) and local authorities.

Nicaragua satellite and radar data show the eye of [Hurricane] Julia made landfall in Nicaragua along the coast near Pearl Lagoon on Sunday at midnight local time, a published on its Twitter account the NHC.

The hurricane had reached, at the time of landfall, a speed of 136 km/h, according to the same source.

Julia had become a hurricane with sustained winds of 120 km/h as it passed near the islands of San Andres and Providencia, which complete with Santa Catalina a Colombian archipelago of approximately 48,000 inhabitants in the Caribbean Sea.

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This storm gradually grew in size, becoming stronger and stronger, said the director of meteorology at the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies [ Ineter], Marcio Baca.

Strong winds and intense rains began to hit the city and autonomous region of Bluefields, in the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua (east) around midnight.

Tin roofs torn off and Falling trees were reported, while the town of Bluefields had no power, according to state media.

Central America was on high alert on Saturday as Tropical Storm Julia ripped through the southern Caribbean Basin.

After crossing Nicaraguan territory, Julia is expected to reach the pacific ocean as a tropical storm, according to the NHC forecast.

At Bluefields the fishermen had brought their boats to safety and the locals s& #x27;were rushed to get groceries and withdraw money.

We have to prepare with food, a bit of everything, because we don't know what will happen, said Javier Duarte, a cabinetmaker who prayed for the storm to deviate from its path and spare his city and its 60,000 inhabitants.

Nicaragua's National System for Disaster Prevention [Sinapred] had put the entire country on yellow alert on Saturday and activated rescue units.

The government evacuated some 6,000 people from the Pearl Lagoon region and other threatened localities.

In Guatemala, 22 departments had been placed on red alert by the services civil protection as the storm approaches.

In Honduras, as in other neighboring countries, the population is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Julia.

In Honduras, the government has announced preventive load shedding of the main dam hydroelectric, El  Cajon.

Especially since the country experienced floods and evacuations at the end of September in the vicinity of San Pedro Sula, the second largest city and industrial heart of the country , and area now most threatened by Julia.

In El Salvador, the authorities have declared an orange alert for the whole country, activating rescue units and preventive evacuations in areas at risk. high risk.

In Panama, the Civil Protection has established a yellow alert, including in the province of Darien, a jungle area bordering Colombia that hundreds of migrants cross daily to travel to the United States.

At the end of 2020, hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America, causing the less than 200 dead and as many missing, and damage estimated at several million dollars.

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