A low-pressure system in northeastern Honduras with the potential to develop into a tropical depression is bringing heavy rain to Central America as of Monday evening (local time), October 15. Along with a smaller storm system off the Pacific coast, large areas of Central America are forecast to receive heavy rains through Wednesday, October 17. The governments of Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala have all issued weather alerts for various departments and municipalities warning of heavy rain, flooding, mudslides, and damaged roads and bridges. The region has experienced a number of storms in the past several weeks, increasing the risk of flooding and mudslides.
The storm is predicted move into the Gulf of Honduras and toward Belize and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, bringing 2-4 in of rain across the region and up to 8 in falling in Belize and areas of Honduras and Guatemala. Flash flooding and mudslides are possible along with electricity and transportation disruptions. The storm system is expected to move off the northern coast of Honduras toward Belize. There is a medium chance the system develops into a tropical depression in the next few days.
Heavy rains and severe flooding have killed at least 13 people in Central America this October. Torrential rain is common in Central America during the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons that last 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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