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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Julia became a hurricane just hours before the storm was expected to make landfall on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC’s 11 p.m. advisory said the system was located about 65 miles west of Isla de San Andres, Colombia, and about 80 miles east-northeast of Bluefield, Nicaragua. The storm had max sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving west at 16 mph.

This Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 satellite image made available by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Julia, bottom right, at 4 p.m. EDT. Julia is gaining strength heading westward in the southern Caribbean, and authorities are preparing for a possible hurricane on Colombian islands and in Nicaragua. (NOAA via AP)

The hurricane will make landfall overnight, then move further inland where it will continue to weaken, before moving along the Pacific coasts of Honduras, El Salvador and
Guatemala as a tropical storm on Monday.

The storm will likely dissipate by Monday night or Tuesday. However, it is expected to cause flash floods and mudslides, with flooding possible even across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina Islands 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