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Deadly storm hits Central America

By the CNN Wire Staff
Two men watch heavy swells on Saturday in San Jose port, 110 kilometers south of Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Two men watch heavy swells on Saturday in San Jose port, 110 kilometers south of Guatemala City, Guatemala.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tropical storm is moving northeast, forecast to weaken, hurricane center says
  • Twelve people killed because of tropical storm in Guatemala, official says
  • Guatemala already under a 15-day state of calamity because of volcano eruption
  • Volcano had shut down capital's international airport

(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Agatha unleashed torrential rains over Guatemala, southeast Mexico and much of El Salvador, triggering flash floods and mudslides.

The tropical storm, the first of the Pacific season, left at least 12 people dead and another 11 missing in Guatemala, the UK Press Association reported, citing National Disaster Relief Coordinator spokesman David de Leon.

Four children were buried in a landslide outside Guatemala City, and four adults were killed in the capital itself, de Leon said. Another two children and two adults were killed when a boulder, dislodged by heavy rains, crushed a house in the department of Quetzaltenango, 125 miles (200 km) west of Guatemala City, de Leon said earlier.

The system was expected to bring 10-20 inches (25-51 cm) of rain over the three countries, with possible 30 inches (76.2 cm) in some parts through Sunday.

Guatemala is already under a 15-day state of calamity because of the eruption on Thursday of the Pacaya volcano, which killed at least three people. At least 1,800 people were already evacuated to shelters, de Leon said earlier. The volcano had shut down the capital's international airport.

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As of 6 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) Saturday local time, the storm was 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of Tapachula, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

The storm was moving northeast about 10 mph (16 kph) and was forecast to weaken as it moved farther inland over high terrain in Central America, the center said.

Tropical storm winds extended outward up to 80 miles (130 km) primarily over water to the southeast of the center, the center added.