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Tropical storm Julia expected to become hurricane off eastern coast of Central America


Tropical Storm Julia It is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Saturday afternoon or evening as it moves toward the east coast of the Central American nation of Nicaragua, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
The storm could cause “storm-like winds and dangerous high tides” in Colombian islands Providencia and San Andres off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, according to the NHC, just a week after Hurricane Ian hit Cuba and Florida.
“Julia is slightly stronger and is expected to become a hurricane later today,” the NHC said in an advisory. “Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible from heavy rain end Central America to early next week. ”
According to the NHC, the tropical storm is currently 115 miles (185 km) from the island of Providencia and about 265 miles (430 km) off the Nicaraguan coast, where it is expected to arrive early Sunday morning.
President of Colombia Gustavo Petro said in a tweet on Saturday morning that the country was on “maximum alert” and urged hotels to be ready to offer refuge to vulnerable populations.
After making landfall in Nicaragua, the storm is expected to weaken and move north along the Pacific coasts of Honduras and El Salvador on Sunday and Monday, the NHC said. According to the NHC, the storm could bring flash flooding to southern Mexico as early as next week.

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