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Tropical Storm Julia takes purpose at Nicaragua

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Julia shaped Friday within the Caribbean Sea, triggering hurricane watches and warnings for Nicaragua and Colombian islands.

Julia had most sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kmh) and was shifting west at 18 mph (30 kmh).

The storm was about 505 miles (815 kilometers) east of Colombia’s Providencia Island.

Nicaragua’s authorities issued a hurricane watch from Bluefields to the Nicaragua-Honduras border.

The storm is forecast to go by Colombia’s San Andres and Providencia islands Saturday evening on its option to landfall in Nicaragua early Sunday.

Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro mentioned through Twitter Friday that the federal government was getting ready shelters on the islands. San Andres authorities introduced a curfew on residents starting Saturday at 6 a.m. to restrict individuals within the streets. Yolanda González, director of Colombia’s Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Research Institute mentioned Julia might be a Class 1 hurricane when it passes the islands late Saturday.

A better menace than Julia’s winds, had been the 5 to 10 inches — even 15 inches in remoted areas — of rain the storm was anticipated to dump throughout Central America.

Its remnants will sweep throughout Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico, a area already saturated by weeks of heavy rains.



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