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Thousands Evacuated as Weakened Hurricane Slams El Salvador


A displaced family rests at a temporary shelter of National Institute of Acajutla west of San Salvador
Hurricane Adrian was downgraded to a tropical storm after pounding El Salvador with torrential rains and flash floods.

Wind speeds, which at one point reached 140 kilometers per hour, have slowed to 105 kilometers per hour. Roads were washed out, electric power was disrupted, schools were closed and more than 14,000 residents were evacuated.

Salvadoran officials fear rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 centimeters, with higher amounts expected in mountainous regions.

Hurricane Adrian is the first recorded Pacific hurricane to strike El Salvador. It is also the eastern Pacific's first storm of the season.

Adrian is expected to reach Honduras later Friday. Emergency personnel there are preparing to evacuate as many as 160,000 people.

Authorities in Nicaragua have issued an alert for the next 48 hours.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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