NICARAGUA (KXAN) — Former Hurricane Julia made landfall early Sunday morning at Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua. The late-morning update from the National Hurricane Center shows Julia’s winds are down to 70 mph. The winds will continue to decrease the rest of the day. The storm is moving to the west at 15 mph as it travels across Nicaragua.
The storm will turn to more to the west-northwest Sunday night. Julia will move along the coasts of El Salavador, Guatemala and Honduras Sunday and Monday.
Since the hurricane did not degenerate while over the Caribbean it will keep the same name while moving through the Pacific where it will weaken Monday and Tuesday.
Water levels along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua should begin to subside Sunday afternoon, but damaging winds could still accompany the storm surge near the coast.
Nicaragua and El Salvador look to measure the highest rain totals of 5 to 10 inches with isolated totals near 15 inches creating flash floods and mudslides now until Tuesday.