The El Salvador Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) announced a nationwide weather alert on Saturday, May 30, after the National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed that a low-pressure tropical weather system off the southwest coast had become Tropical Depression 2E. The storm, expected to make landfall near the coastal border with Guatemala in the next few days, is forecast to inundate central and western regions of the country with heavy rainfall exceeding 31 cm (12 in) in isolated areas with associated flooding. Additionally, MARN warns that landslides and rockfalls are likely in mountainous areas of the country. Winds along the coastal regions are forecast between 40 to 70 kph (24 to 43 mph).
Associated flooding, infrastructure damage, power outages, and transportation disruptions are possible in the region over the coming days. Up-to-date information can be found on the NHC website here.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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