The sun today is a welcome relief. I’m relieved to know that we aren’t expecting a hurricane to hit Nicaragua, but a tropical cyclon is expected to hit the Atlantic coast this weekend. Not much of a meterologist, I’m not entirely sure what that will entail. But, first lady Rosario Murillo is calling upon all disaster and emergency institutions to prepare a defense strategy in preparation for the tropical storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center of the U.S., there is now a 50 % chance the storm will develop into a full cyclon and hit Nicaragua. While the Atlantic coast hasn’t experienced as much rain as the rest of the country, it may now be getting the full strength of a cyclone. Tropical cyclones develop over large bodies of warm water and are characterized by powerful winds and rains, lessening in power as they move over dry land. Unfortunately for the Atlantic coast, much of that region is already full of rivers and wet areas. I imagine that there will be much damaging flooding.
There has been constant rains since the 10th of October, and today’s arrival of blue sky seems like the quiet before the second-round. According to La Prensa, one of the major national newspapers in Nicaragua, as of yesterday the rains have caused 17 deaths and affected approximately 150 million people.
Nicaragua has asked for international aid, along with El Salvador, which has been suffering even more from the torrential rains and subsequent flooding. The Tico Times from El Salvador reported 35 people dead, and nearly 49,000 people relocated. Crops are certainly being affected by the extreme rains, and the uncharacteristically cool temperatures that accompany them.
On a lighter note, as I was writing this memo, this song by Creedance Clearwater Revival started playing: “who’ll stop the rain?”. It’s a fitting question.