While the storm is being downgraded to a tropical depression, authorities say it could bring dangerous flooding and mudslides.
Former Hurricane Julia has deluged the Central American nations of Guatemala and El Salvador with heavy rains, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of residents and set up emergency shelters.
Julia has been downgraded to a tropical depression, bringing wind speeds of 60 kilometers per hour (35 miles per hour) to Guatemala on Monday, down from 140 km/h (85 mph) when the storm hit Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast as a hurricane a day earlier.
While the storm has begun to ease and is expected to dissipate later Monday, authorities warn that dangerous conditions could continue.
“Life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides should continue from Julia across Central America and southern Mexico into Tuesday,” the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a advisory on Monday.
The Miami-based NHC also said 5-10 inches (12.7-25.4 cm) of rainfall was possible in El Salvador and southern Guatemala.
Guatemala declared a 30-day state of emergency on Monday to help authorities “implement urgent measures to protect the lives of Guatemalans,” President Alejandro Giammattei said on Twitter.
In the Council of Ministers, we have decided to declare a state of disaster for 30 days to implement emergency measures to secure the lives of Guatemalans in light of the cyclone #Julia in the country. #Together Let’s move forward pic.twitter.com/k1Vobqx3cN
– Alejandro Giammattei (@DrGiammattei) 10 October 2022
Julia has killed at least 14 people so far, authorities said The Savior reported the death of nine people on Monday morning, including five soldiers.
The country’s civil protection agency also said at least 830 people had been evacuated, while 80 storm shelters were opened in response to the storm.
Authorities in both El Salvador and Guatemala also canceled classes on Monday.
In Honduras, five victims have been confirmed, including a 22-year-old woman who died on Sunday after she was swept away by floods, and a young woman and a four-year-old boy in a boat that capsized near the Nicaraguan border on Saturday night. officials said.
Honduran authorities said 9,200 people had sought refuge in shelters.
Nicaraguan authorities said 9,500 people have been placed in storm shelters, while 1,300 others were forced to flee their homes in Guatemala, where two people are missing and two have been hospitalized.
About a million people in Nicaragua’s coastal region lost power due to damaged land lines and a decision by the government to cut off electricity for security reasons.
Heavy rain and evacuations have also been reported in Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica, where some roads have been closed due to the heavy rain.
Julia is recent storm bringing floods, destruction and death to the Americas region.
Hurricane Ian led to widespread power outages in Cuba before strengthening and hitting Florida in late September, killing more than 80 people and flooding parts of the US state with torrential water.