Leon Thread

Haven´t seen much of the city yet.  Arrived last night went to see the new Indy Jones movie (not bad particularly for $1.50!!!).  Today we are experiencing the brunt of a rising tropical storm that could become the first hurricance of the season.  Slated for the West Coast of (you guessed it) Nicaragua.  The streets are currently fairly flooded and it has been raining hard pretty much non-stop for the last 12 hours.

From the Weather Channel:

Tropical Depression One-E formed late Wednesday evening and this morning has become Tropical Storm Alma the first named storm of the season in the eastern Pacific.

Some moderate strengthening will continue, while drifting north along the western coast of Nicaragua with a threat for torrential rain and flooding in central America. Alma is forecast make landfall along the northern coast by later this afternoon and then weaken over western Honduras.

Hurricane Warnings are now posted along the west coasts of Nicargua and Honduras with a Hurricane Watch for El Salvador. All residents and mariners along the coast need to pay close attention to Alma and take measures to protect property and life the next 24 to 36 hours.

Tropical storm warnings have been posted for the coasts of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador, with tropical storm conditions also expected along the Pacific coast of Honduras.

A major threat with Alma will be torrential rains that may cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Extreme caution is advised in the path of Alma the next 24 to 48 hours. Be prepared to move to higher ground and away from flooded areas during this tropical event.

So we may be stuck here for a few days.  We were thinking of going up to the northern highlands but that might not be possible with so much rain and possible flooding.

Also there may be a taxi and bus strike upcoming.  That would also put a major damper on my desire to go to the north.  But either way we are shifting more into the political terrain and history of this country.  Grenada was mostly spared the violence during the Revolution and Contra War.  Leon not.  I´ll get some pics up of bullet hole buildings.  And the rain.

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