Hurricane/Tropical Storm Alma (it means “soul” in Spanish) came out of nowhere to bombard the northwest corner of Nicaragua with a projected 20 inches of rain. Winds have been fierce too, and residents are comparing the storm to the infamous 1998 Hurricane Mitch, which devastated the north half of the country. I just got off the phone with a friend in EstelÃ and I could barely hear him over the rain. The rivers are rising and with them the risk of landslides. Keep updated by checking on the Nicaragua news headlines here.
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