This week El Salvador has been feeling the growing effects of two low-pressure systems. By this afternoon Tropical Depression 12 E, which sits off the coast of Guatemala on the Pacific Ocean, is expected to be upgraded to a Tropical Storm. So far, the heaviest rainfall has been registered in the Western provinces of the country, as well as the coastal region.
Dr. Jeff Masters, from Weather Underground, describes further possibilities for tropical depressions next week. In his blog he says:
“Many of the computer models continue to predict that a strong tropical disturbance capable of becoming a tropical depression could form in the Western Caribbean or extreme southern Gulf of Mexico early next week. Some of the spin and moisture for this storm could potentially come from Tropical Depression 12-E, which formed in the Eastern Pacific this morning, just offshore of the Mexico/Guatemala border. TD 12-E is expected to move inland over Southeast Mexico and Guatemala over the next few days, bringing very heavy rains of 5 – 10 inches capable of causing life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.”
Civil Protection in El Salvador has declared the Orange level alert for the coast and volcanic corridor. There have been reported mudslides and flashfloods as well, with one reported death in a mudslide in Ayutuxtepeque, near Mejícanos. A Mayor of one of the most affected municipalities in Ahuachpan was rescued after being swept away in his pick up truck while trying to alert locals of evacuation efforts. About 240 people are in shelters in La Paz, and another 24 families in San Vicente.
In the Lower Lempa, Jiquilisco many communities are experiencing minor flooding due to the accumulated rainfall. These include Amando López, El Marillo I and II, Monte Mar, Octavio Ortiz, Los Lotes, Babylonia, Nueva Esperanza, Ciudad Romero, among others. Currently, the CEL reports discharges of 1,200 cubic meters per second, and according the Community Association ACUDESBAL, the Lempa river basin can absorb up to 2,500 cubic meters per second. This is less than prior years due to the deterioration of the already patchy levee and drainage systems. No one has evacuated yet, but the Early Warning System is fully activated.
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