(CNN) — Julia made landfall as a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Satellite images indicated that the impact was near Laguna De Perlas in Nicaragua. Life-threatening flash flooding and landslides are forecast with 152-254mm of rain possible in the next few days.
After passing through Nicaragua on Sunday, the storm is expected to approach the Pacific coasts of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala on Monday and later that evening.
“Julia is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Monday and dissipate by Monday night or Tuesday,” the NHC said.
“Hurricane force winds and a dangerous storm surge are expected to continue in sectors of Providencia and San Andrés during the next few hours,” said the estimate of the National Hurricane Center in his report at 11:00 pm (Miami time).
Julia intensified into a category 1 hurricane on Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), before 7 pm (Miami time) according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm passed between the islands of San Andres Islands, Providencia and Santa Catalina and moved west at 28 km/h.
The system formed in the extreme south of the Caribbean, near the La Guajira Peninsula in Colombia.
For Colombia, a maximum hurricane warning alert was issued for San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina on Saturday. The Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam) indicated that sustained winds of 119 kilometers per hour or more and strong and extreme accumulated rainfall, electrical storms, wind gusts, and storm surge were likely to occur in the archipelago area. .
The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, indicated on his Twitter account that they are on “maximum alert” and that “all hotel infrastructure must make room for shelters for the vulnerable population.”
We are on high alert. It is highly likely that storm Julia will become a hurricane and reach San Andrés between 7 and 9 at night.
PMU ready from 4 am. The entire hotel infrastructure must open space for shelters for the vulnerable population.
– Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) October 8, 2022
Venezuela suffers havoc due to the passage of the tropical depression
The rains due to the passage through Venezuela of tropical depression number 13 (previously tropical wave 41) left one person dead in Sucre state, at least four injured —two in Caracas and two in Carabobo state, located in northwestern Venezuela— , about 22,000 houses affected —of which some 17 collapsed totally or partially— and fallen trees, the Vice Minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection, Carlos Pérez Ampueda, reported Thursday on the state channel VTV.
The official assured that more than 20,000 officials were deployed in the national territory as a preventive measure.
He also warned that, while the intense rainfall continues, the population should stay away from rivers, beaches and areas that present risks, noting that the heavy rains and electrical storms will continue for the next 24 hours.
This Thursday night, President Nicolás Maduro offered a balance of the rains recorded in the last hours, in which he assured that the most affected areas are the central, Andean and llanera zones, after the tropical wave became a tropical depression .
Earlier, the Vice President of Citizen Security, Remigio Ceballos, stressed that they are constantly monitoring the weather conditions that are affecting the Capital District and states such as La Guaira, Aragua and some plains areas, among others.
From the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Inameh) they explained that the rains are already affecting the eastern coast and that they have been gaining strength by becoming a tropical depression, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and strong gusts and moderate to moderate rainfall. powerful.
Osmary Hernández, Marlon Sorto, and Luis Quintana contributed reporting.