Hurricane Julia blasted into Nicaragua on Sunday, bringing maximum winds of up to 85 miles per hour (140 kph) and a storm surge, according to the US National Hurricane Center, warning of severe weather in the region in the coming days.
The storm made landfall early Sunday in Laguna de Perlas, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was around 30 miles (50 kilometers) north-northwest of Bluefields at 5 a.m. (0900 GMT).
The storm was anticipated to decrease gradually as it passed across Nicaragua before emerging over the eastern Pacific on Sunday night. The NHC predicted that it will travel close or along the Pacific shores of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala on Monday and Monday night.
“Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides possible from heavy rains over Central America and Southern Mexico through early next week,” the center said.