Tropical Storm Selma hits El Salvador; new storm eyes Cuba
October 28, 2017 05:54 PM
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Tropical Storm Selma made landfall on the coast of El Salvador on Saturday with strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous ocean swells, while another system developing in the Caribbean was on a forecast path taking it toward Cuba and then Florida.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Selma hit El Salvador's coast in the morning before losing strength over land, weakening to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph). The storm's center was located about 45 miles (75 kilometers) east of San Salvador, and it was heading northeast at 8 mph (13 kph).
The center said Selma was "expected to produce torrential rains and flash floods through Sunday," and Salvadoran Civil Defense director Jorge Melendez said the rainfall would be "strong and intense."
Salvadoran authorities reported some damage including mudslides, trees that toppled onto roads and rivers threatening to top their banks.
In the Caribbean sea, meanwhile, Tropical Depression Eighteen formed south of Cuba with winds of 35 mph (55 kph). It was centered about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Havana and moving toward the north-northeast at 25 mph (41 kph). Further strengthening was expected.
The hurricane center said the depression was "producing heavy rains across central Cuba and spreading northward over the Florida Keys and South Florida."
The storm's center was forecast to pass over Cuba in the afternoon and near the Keys overnight.
Tropical storm warnings were in place for parts of Cuba and the Bahamas, and a tropical storm watch was issued for the upper Keys and parts of southeastern Florida.
Heavy rains were expected for the Cayman Islands, western and central Cuba and the northern Bahamas. The center forecast about 2 to 4 inches of rain with higher localized accumulations and possible flash floods in South Florida.
Updated: October 28, 2017 05:54 PM
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