(CNN) — Julia is now a hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center’s special 7 p.m. ET update.
The storm passed between San Andres and Providencia Islands and moved westward at 28 km/h.
Hurricane Julia is expected to strengthen slightly before hitting the Nicaraguan coast early Sunday morning.
Along with hurricane-force winds, life-threatening rainfall amounts of 6 to 10 inches (150-250 mm) are possible in Nicaragua, with isolated amounts of up to 15 inches (350 mm).
That amount of rain can trigger landslides and flash floods.
The system formed in the extreme south of the Caribbean near the La Guajira Peninsula in Colombia.
“Julia is expected to become a hurricane Saturday night,” the center said earlier. The official forecast says it will have a landfall intensity of 136 km/h, making Julia a Category 1 hurricane.
In Nicaragua, the hurricane watch was upgraded to a hurricane warning from Laguna de Perlas to Puerto Cabezas. A tropical cyclone warning was issued for the Honduras-Nicaragua border north of Puerto Cabezas and the Bluefields south of Laguna de Perlas.
As for Colombia, this Saturday the highest hurricane warning warning was issued for San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, so hurricane conditions may occur in the Colombian territory. The Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEM) has indicated that winds of 119 kilometers per hour or more are expected and strong and intense rainfall, electrical storms, wind gusts and storm surges are expected. of the archipelago.
Colombian President Gustavo Pedro indicated on his Twitter account that they were on “maximum alert” and that “all hotel infrastructure must accommodate the vulnerable population.”
We are very cautious. Julia is most likely to become a hurricane and make landfall in San Andres between 7 and 9 p.m.
PMU is ready from 4 am. The entire hotel infrastructure should open up space for accommodation for vulnerable people.
– Gustavo Pedro (@petrogustavo) October 8, 2022
Venezuela is suffering from a tropical depression
Rainfall from Tropical Depression 13 (formerly Tropical Wave 41) as it passed through Venezuela killed one person in Sucre state, injured at least four people—two in Caracas and two in northwestern Venezuela’s Carabobo state—and affected about 22,000 homes—including 17 that completely or partially toppled trees. , Deputy Minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection Carlos Perez Amputa said Thursday on state channel VTV.
The official assured that more than 20,000 officers have been deployed in the national territory as a preventive measure.
He warned people to stay away from rivers, beaches and risk areas, while heavy rains and thunderstorms will continue for the next 24 hours.
This Thursday night, President Nicolás Maduro gave the balance of the rains recorded in the last hours, in which he assured that the Central, Andean and Llanera regions were the most affected areas after the tropical wave turned into a tropical depression.
Earlier, the Vice President of Citizen Security, Remigio Ceballos, insisted that they continue to monitor the weather conditions affecting the capital district and states such as La Guerra, Aragua and some plains areas.
The National Institute of Materials and Hydrology (Inameh) explained that the rains are already affecting the east coast and are intensifying into a tropical depression with maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour, strong winds and moderate winds. Moderate rain, heavy.
Osmari Hernandez contributed to this report.
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