Update Tropical Depression Hanna soaks Nicaragua Honduras coasts harsh weather avoided in

first_imgUPDATE, Tuesday, 00:10:MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Downgraded to a tropical depression, Hanna on Monday lashed northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras, unleashing heavy rains that U.S. forecasters warned could cause deadly flash-flooding.Though slightly weaker and downgraded from tropical storm status, Hanna still could drench much of Honduras and northern Nicaragua with up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) of rain, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.“These rainfall amounts will produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC cautioned at 0001 GMT on Tuesday.Hanna, with top winds of 55 kilometers (35 miles) per hour, was forecast to move quickly inland and bring downpours to the region.While heavy rains might sound like good news for parts of Honduras that have been experiencing drought, the dry conditions actually make the terrain in mountainous Central America more prone to mudslides.And elsewhere in Honduras and in Nicaragua, the rainy season has saturated the soil, causing rivers and streams to overflow easily and triggering landslides on the slopes of volcanoes and mountainous areas across the countries.Original story continues here:MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua and Honduras are bracing for severe weather Monday after Tropical Storm Hanna formed off the Caribbean coast. Hanna, with top winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour, was forecast to move quickly inland and produce heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.At 12 p.m. (1800 GMT), the storm system was located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west-southwest of Cabo Gracias a Dios on Nicaragua’s border with Honduras.The Miami-based NHC issued a tropical storm warning for the area between Punta Patuca, Honduras to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, which could expect heavy rains and high winds by 7 p.m. (0100 GMT).The forecasters said parts of both countries were already being drenched.“Hanna producing heavy rains over eastern Honduras and northeastern Nicaragua,” the NHC reported.The storm was moving west at 11 kilometers (seven miles) per hour and was expected to move further inland over northeastern Nicaragua on Tuesday. A handout picture released by El 19 Digital shows rescuers attempting to recover the bodies of residents who died in a landslide in the May 18 neighborhood of Managua, Nicaragua, on Oct. 16, 2014. Five people were killed when a seven-meter containment wall collapsed over their humble homes. AFP/EL 19 DIGITAL/ORLANDO MIRANDANicaragua issued a yellow alert, allowing civil defense agencies to take preventive measures to safeguard the population.The national disaster prevention agency SINAPRED urged people to remain calm and follow official guidance on the storm.“They are taking the necessary steps to safeguard the lives of people and their property,” meteorology chief Marcio Baca told Radio Ya.Hanna could produce up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain across Honduras and northern Nicaragua, according to the NHC.Heavy rains that have lashed the country since October 9 have left 28 people dead, displacing or otherwise affecting more than 60,645 people and damaging 6,214 homes.The rainy season has saturated the soil, causing rivers and streams to overflow and triggering landslides on the slopes of volcanoes and mountainous areas across the country.Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute (IMN) on Monday afternoon ruled out that Hanna would have severe consequences in Costa Rica, according to IMN meteorologist Eladio Solano.Solano said normal rainy season conditions would continue here, with intermitent showers mostly in mountainous areas. Intermitent rains and cloudy skies also will occur in the Central Valley and the South and Central Pacific regions. An Oc. 27, 2014 NASA GOES Project satellite photo showing Tropical Storm Hanna. AFP PHOTO/NASA GOES PROJECT Related posts:Heavy rains in Costa Rica catch eye of US National Hurricane Center For Mexico, Hurricane Patricia hit just the right spot 1 dead, 4 missing as flooding hits Haiti El Niño heat expected to last through May Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Your Guides To Buying Insurance On The Health Insurance Exchanges

first_imgWhile Americans who get health insurance through their jobs won’t need to go there, news outlets have information for consumers who may want to purchase insurance through the new exchanges.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Start Your Exchange Shopping Early, But Don’t Rush To BuyIn recent months, all eyes have been focused on today, the day health insurance marketplaces open for business. While the date is a milestone in the implementation of the health law, other dates are likely more critical for consumers planning to shop for health insurance on their state marketplace (Andrews, 9/30). Kaiser Health News: Options For Young Adults: Stay On The Folks’ Plan, Move To The Marketplace Or Go WithoutIn 2014, options for young adults, many of whom either aren’t offered health insurance at their jobs or can’t afford it, will expand again with the opening of the state health insurance marketplaces and the expansion of the Medicaid program to low-income adults in many states. Here’s what to look for (Andrews, 10/1). PBS NewsHour: Your Cheat Sheet To The Health Care Law’s New MarketplacesIt’s time to hit the market, America. On Tuesday, the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, or “marketplaces,” open for business. … And what that means for millions of uninsured Americans is they’ll need to start shopping or prepare to face a fine. But many are still left with some very basic questions. Primarily: What are the exchanges and how do they work? If you’re among the confused, the PBS NewsHour has you covered. Here’s your guide (Kane, 9/30). ABC News: 10 Things to Know About Health Insurance TodayStarting today, you can shop for health coverage through national and state-administered insurance exchanges. Not sure what this means for you and your family? We have answers. Here are 10 things you need to know about the insurance exchange program. If you have more questions, ask them in our comments section. And if you’ve already shopped, tell us what you think about the plans (Moisse, 10/1). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Your Guides To Buying Insurance On The Health Insurance Exchangeslast_img read more

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