Julia becomes a Category 1 hurricane

COVERAGE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. ON THE WAY TO THE TROPICS, FOLLOWED BY HURRICANE JULIA. IT HAS TURNED INTO A HURRICANE THIS EVENING. WE SEE THIS MOVING WESTWARDS AT 60 MILES PER HOUR. IT IS EXPECTED TO LANDSCAPE IN NICARAGUA AND WEAKEN AS IT MOVES INTO THE PACIFIC WHERE IT WILL EVENTUALLY DISSIPATE. IT COULD REORGANIZE AGAIN, BUT THE CHANCES ARE VERY LOW. WE EXPECT FAIRLY HEAVY RAINS FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA WITH JULIA. YOU CAN SEE OVER HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA. THIS COULD CAUSE LIFE COLOCATION — DEADLY FLASH FLOOD. NO THREATS IN TERMS OF JULIA. WE ARE GOING TO ENJOY FABULOUS FALL WEATHER FOR THE WEEKEND. THE CHANCES OF RAIN INCREASE NEXT WEEK.

Tropical Storm Julia becomes a Category 1 hurricane

Tropical Storm Julia strengthened into a hurricane on Saturday and is expected to track into Central America. As of Saturday evening, the system was 65 miles west of San Andres Island, Colombia and 80 miles east-northeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua. Julia had winds of 75 mph and the system was moving west at 16 mph. , the center of Julia is expected to make landfall on the coast of Nicaragua over the next few hours, cross Nicaragua on Sunday, then move near or along the Pacific coasts of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala through Monday and Monday evening,” the National Hurricane Center wrote. “Strengthening is expected until the center makes landfall in Nicaragua. This storm is not expected to affect Florida. Hurricane is in effect for…* San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands Colombia* Nicaragua from Bluefields to Puerto CabezasA hurricane watch is in effect for…* Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras border /Nicaragua A tropical storm warning is in effect for…* Nicaragua south of Bluefields to the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border* Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras/Nicaragua border * Pacific Coast of Nicaragua a* Pacific Coast of Honduras* Coast of El Salvador A tropical storm watch is in effect from…* Honduras from the Nicaragua/Honduras border to Punta PatucaKNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUEDTune in to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates. Be prepared to bring indoor patio furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything that can be picked up by the wind. Understanding hurricane forecast patterns and cones. Prepare to cover all the windows in your home. If shutters have not been installed, use pre-cut plywood. Check the batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medicine. water: One gallon of water per person per dayCanned foods and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first aid kitTwo weeks of prescription medicationBaby’s needs/ children, such as baby formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local authorities. If you are advised to evacuate, leave. Complete preparedness activities. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Watch out for tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur during a hurricane and after it passes. Stay indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or windowless bathroom. HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP YOU DURING A HURRICANE A smartphone can be your best friend during a hurricane – with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool to guide you through the approach, arrival and aftermath of a storm. Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts – if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go to notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts. If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll right at the bottom and click “Settings”. In the settings menu, click on “Severe weather alerts”. From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate to severe, or all alerts. PET AND PET SAFETY Your pet should be part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them as well. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, can result in injury or death. Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to see if they allow pets. if they could house your pet.

Tropical Storm Julia strengthened into a hurricane on Saturday and is expected to track into Central America.

As of Saturday evening, the system was 65 miles west of San Andres Island, Colombia and 80 miles east-northeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

Julia had winds of 75 mph and the system was moving west at 16 mph.

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“On the forecast track, the center of Julia is expected to make landfall on the coast of Nicaragua over the next few hours, cross Nicaragua on Sunday, then move near or along the Pacific coasts of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to through Monday and Monday night,” the National Hurricane Center wrote. “Reinforcement is expected until the center makes landfall in Nicaragua.”

Julia is expected to weaken as it moves inland and dissipate later by Monday or Tuesday.

This storm is not expected to affect Florida.

SUMMARY OF EFFECTIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

A hurricane warning is in effect for…

* Islands of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina Colombia

* Nicaragua from Bluefields to Puerto Cabezas

A hurricane watch is in effect for…

* Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras/Nicaragua border

A tropical storm warning is in effect for…

* Nicaragua south of Bluefields to the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border

* Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras/Nicaragua border

* Pacific Coast of Nicaragua

* Pacific coast of Honduras

* Coast of El Salvador

A tropical storm watch is in effect for…

* Honduras from the Nicaragua/Honduras border to Punta Patuca

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Stay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.
  • Be prepared to bring indoor garden furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, garbage cans, hanging plants and anything that can be blown away.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all the windows in your home. If shutters have not been installed, use pre-cut plywood.
  • Check the batteries and stock up on canned goods, first aid supplies, drinking water and medicine.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends having these items ready before the storm hits.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Preserves and soups, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for cans without easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first aid kit
  • Two weeks of prescription medication
  • Baby/child needs, such as formula and diapers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Listen to the advice of local elected officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities.
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Watch out for tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur during a hurricane and after it passes. Stay indoors, in the center of your home, in a windowless closet or bathroom.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP YOU DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend during a hurricane. With the right websites and apps, you can make this a powerful tool to guide you through the approach, arrival and aftermath of a storm.

Download the WESH 2 News app to iOS | android

Turn on emergency alerts – if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go to notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.

If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll right at the bottom and click “Settings”. In the settings menu, click on “Severe weather alerts”. From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate to severe, or all alerts.

PET AND PET SAFETY

Your pet should be part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them as well. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, can result in injury or death.

  • Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to see if they allow pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside the affected area if they could house your pet.

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