Tropical Storm Julia formed Friday near the coast of Colombia and could rapidly strengthen into a hurricane over the Caribbean Sea prior to slamming the coast of Nicaragua with life-threatening impacts this weekend.
🌀 Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for parts of Nicaragua and the offshore islands of Colombia.
This includes a hurricane warning that extends from Nicaragua’s northeastern coastal city of Puerto Cabezas that extends southward to Pearl Lagoon, as well as one in effect for Colombia’s San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands.
➡️ Julia is forecast to pass near or over Colombia’s San Andres and Providencia islands Saturday night on its way to landfall in Nicaragua on Sunday morning.
A greater threat than Julia’s winds are rains of 5 to 10 inches, up to 15 inches in isolated areas, that the storm is expected to dump across Central America.
This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides through this weekend.
The storm’s remnants are forecast to sweep across Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico, a region already saturated by weeks of heavy rains.
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