MEXICO CITY –
Tropical Storm Julia is gaining power heading westward within the southern Caribbean, and authorities are getting ready for a attainable hurricane on Colombian islands and in Nicaragua.
Julia’s most sustained winds had elevated to 100 kmh late Saturday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center mentioned. The storm was centered about 185 kilometers east of Providencia Island and shifting west at 33 kph.
Julia was forecast to go close to or over Colombia’s San Andres and Providencia islands Saturday evening on its solution to landfall in Nicaragua on Sunday morning.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro mentioned through Twitter that the federal government was getting ready shelters on the islands. Officials on San Andres introduced a curfew for residents starting at 6 a.m. Saturday to restrict folks within the streets.
Yolanda Gonzalez, director of Colombia’s Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies Institute, mentioned Julia could possibly be a Category 1 hurricane when it passes the islands.
A larger menace than Julia’s winds had been rains of 13 to 25 centimeters — as much as 38 centimeters in remoted areas — that the storm was anticipated to dump throughout Central America.
“This rainfall might trigger life-threatening flash floods and mudslides via this weekend,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center mentioned.
The storm’s remnants had been forecast to comb throughout Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico, a area already saturated by weeks of heavy rains.