Tropical Storm Matthew Heads Toward Central America
Tropical Storm Matthew Heads Towards Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize
Tropical Storm Matthew is moving westward at 20mph. With sustained winds of 50mph, Matthew is not at hurricane strength, but Tropical Storm Matthew could become Hurricane Matthew within 24 hours.
Tropical Storm Matthew's projected path takes it over Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and the southern tip of Mexico. El Salvador may be spared a direct hit, but will likely be subject to extra-wet weather.
Central American nations have issued a series of tropical storm warnings:
- Tropical Storm Warning: Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua; Honduran coastline
- Tropical Storm Watch: Coast of Belize
- Hurricane Watch: Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua to Limon, Honduras
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE COAST WITHIN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS. STORM SURGE...A STORM SURGE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE SOME COASTAL FLOODING NEAR AND TO THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER OF MATTHEW MAKES LANDFALL. NEAR THE COAST...THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DANGEROUS WAVES. RAINFALL...MATTHEW IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF NICARAGUA AND HONDURAS...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES POSSIBLE. THESE RAINFALL TOTALS MAY PRODUCE LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES.