Hurricane Julia killed at least 28 people in Guatemala and El Salvador, including five who died after a hillside collapsed on their house in Alta Verapaz province, burying them. A “state of calamity” was declared by the Guatemala’s president Alejandro Giammattei on Monday. Five Salvadoran army soldiers died after a wall collapsed at a house where they sought refuge in the town of Comasagua, where hundreds of police and soldiers have been conducting anti-gang raids.Julia entered the Pacific as a tropical storm. Thousands had to be evacuated from their homes because of the weather, while millions have been left without power. In Nicaragua, Vice President Rosario Murillo told TN8 television that 9,500 people had been evacuated to shelters.
Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica were also affected EVEN IF Julia downgraded to a tropical storm. Rescue and recovery efforts continued in multiple countries.The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted floods and mudslides were possible across Central America and southern Mexico through Tuesday. Julia became the 18th named tropical system in the East Pacific Ocean Basin this season and is only the second system on record to pass from the Atlantic basin to the Pacific basin with at least tropical storm in intensity.