El Sal­vador decked by trop­i­cal storm

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

SAN SAL­VADOR, El Sal­vador — Trop­i­cal Storm Selma made land­fall on El Sal­vador’s coast Satur­day with heavy rains and dan­ger­ous ocean swells, while Trop­i­cal Storm Philippe formed in the Caribbean and was ex­pected to dump heavy rains across South Florida and the Keys after soak­ing Cuba.

The Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said late Satur­day that Selma had largely dis­si­pated over land, but au­thor­i­ties in El Sal­vador re­ported mud­slides, top­pled trees and rivers that threat­ened to top their banks.

The cen­ter said Selma was “ex­pected to pro­duce tor­ren­tial rains and flash floods through Sun­day,” and Sal­vado­ran Civil De­fense di­rec­tor Jorge Me­len­dez said the rain­fall would be “strong and in­tense.”

Philippe was mov­ing to­ward the north-north­east at 29 mph. The cen­ter of Philippe was ex­pected to move off the north­ern coast of Cuba and into the Straits of Florida on Satur­day, then move across the Florida Keys or the south­ern tip of the Florida penin­sula overnight, ac­cord­ing to the hur­ri­cane cen­ter.

Philippe’s max­i­mum sus­tained winds were near 40 mph with higher gusts. The storm was lo­cated 120 miles south south­west of the Florida Keys.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said the storm was “pro­duc­ing heavy rains across cen­tral Cuba and spread­ing north­ward over the Florida Keys and South Florida.”

Trop­i­cal storm warn­ings were in place for parts of Cuba and the Ba­hamas, and a trop­i­cal storm watch was is­sued for the up­per Keys and south­east­ern Florida.

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