A tropical wave system expected to form into a tropical storm is currently located off the northwestern coast of Central America, centered in the Gulf of Tehuantepec. While the system is forecast to move in a west-northwesterly direction towards Mexico, it is expected to continue to bring heavy rain to Central America in the coming hours and days. The region has experienced a number of storms in the past several weeks which have left the ground saturated and rivers at higher levels, thus increasing the risk of flooding and mudslides.
A number of rain-related deaths have been reported in Central America since the beginning of the month, including nine in Nicaragua where red alerts remain in effect in the capital Managua as well as in Matagalpa, Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, the so-called Triángulo Minero, Chinandega, León, Boaco, Granada, South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, and North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region. The rest of the country is under yellow alerts. The Salvadorian Civil Protection Agency has placed 43 municipalities on yellow alert; up to 10 cm (4 in) of rain is expected daily in affected areas through at least October 19, along with strong winds.
Torrential rain is common in Central America during the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons, which continue through November.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions prior to setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that walking or driving through floodwaters can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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