Sunday, May 30, 2010

Agatha ushers in start of US Hurricane Season

SHOOT: This year ought to be a shitkicker.
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GUATEMALA CITY – Tropical Storm Agatha, the first of the season, formed Saturday off the Pacific coast of Guatemala, where its heavy rains dislodged a boulder that killed four people and threatened to turn black volcanic ash into cement-like mud.

Boys run during rains in Amatitlan, south of Guatemala City on Saturday May 29, 2010. Guatemalans mopping up after a huge volcanic eruption are bracin

A tropical storm warning was in effect for a stretch of coastline from El Salvador to far-southern Mexico, and the hurricane center said Agatha is expected to make landfall on Guatemala's coast late Saturday or early Sunday.

Agatha was expected to dump from 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters) of rain and as much as 30 inches (75 centimeters) in isolated areas of Guatemala, threatening dangerous floods and mudslides.

Guatemalan disaster relief spokesman David Leon said officials worry that the rains could exacerbate the damage down by explosions from the Pacaya volcano.

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