Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pepe Lobo Declares State of Emergency Due to T.S. Agatha

At noon today all airports in Honduras were closed due to the storm and the lack of visibility in the country.  Last night the rains came down very hard though the rain has been light most of the day today we went without electric for about three hours this morning.  Clouds are again building and the temperatures are lower than normal.

Most of the damage done in the territory is in Tegucigalpa, Olancho and Southern Honduras, but San Pedro has it´s share of flooding as well. 

Classes have been suspended for the departments of Choluteca, Valle, Lempira, Santa Bárbara, Ocotepeque, Copán Francisco, Comayagua. En Francisco Morazán, Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Lima y Choloma and Progresso, Yoro.

So far in Guatemala and El Salvador there are 24 deaths registered due to the storm and Honduras has the remnents of the tropical storm over the national territory.

Most of the country is under either a green or yellow alert.  There have been mudslides, heavy rain over the past three days with a continous threat of rain still, the rivers are at maximum capacity.  Since the rains started there have been 4 deaths in Honduras. 

Weather reports are calling for 72 hours more of heavy rainfall in most of Honduras. 

In the capital in one neighborhood the ground opened and gave way destroying at least a dozen houses and leaving several without homes or anything they owned at 4:30 in the morning. 

A bridge has collapsed in the capital of Tegucigalpa and in the department of Olancho three bridges have collapsed.  There is surely more to come in reports and I will add that information here.  This first serious tropical storm brings a gloomy forsight to what the hurricane season may hold for Honduras this year.